Coaching ● Jun 14, 2023

Fourth of six-part FAS/AFC ‘A’ Diploma Coaching Course concluded



Course participants with Woodlands Secondary School, June 2023


SINGAPORE, 14 JUNE 2023 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) recently concluded the fourth of the six-part FAS/Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘A’ Diploma Coaching Course.


Held from 29 May to 3 June at Jalan Besar Stadium, the course was conducted under the mentorship of Lead Coach Developer, Mr Philippe Aw, and Assistant Coach Developer, Mr Robin Chitrakar.


The Coach Developers covered crucial theory topics such as “Basics of Handling Media” and “Handling Conflict,” equipping participants with essential skills to navigate challenges in their coaching careers. Course participants presented their assigned dissertation topics, their team analysis matrix, and their opponent analysis for this part of the course.


A practical assessment session done by Mr Yuki Fujimoto, June 2023


Additionally, participants had the chance to lead practical sessions focused on “Team Talk” and underwent their first practical assessment, providing them with valuable feedback and room for growth. These assessments were recorded, enabling participants to review their performance individually and benefit from personalized guidance in their review sessions with the Coach Developers.


Guest speaker Mr Muhammad Hidayat Osman in a sharing session, June 2023. 


Enriching the course experience further, guest speakers from prominent institutions were invited to share their expertise. Mr Muhammad Hidayat Osman from the National Youth Sports Institute delivered a presentation on “Strength & Conditioning,” while Ms Nurhafizah Abu Sujad, FAS’s Head Physiotherapist National Teams, discussed “Injury Prevention Processes” and “Returning to Play (Rehabilitation Processes).” These sessions provided participants with valuable insights into crucial aspects of player development, ensuring a holistic approach to coaching.


Guest speaker Ms Nurhafizah Abu Sujad in a sharing session, June 2023. 


To enhance the practical assessments, external players from various teams and schools were invited to create a realistic training environment. Teams such as Woodlands Secondary School, Tampines Rovers FC (U15 & U17), Tampines Secondary School, FootballPlus Academy, Tanjong Pagar United FC (U15 & U17), Verde Cresta Combined Sports Club, and the National University of Singapore supported the course by making their players available for the course. This created a realistic environment for participants to demonstrate their coaching ability under the watchful eyes of the Coach Developers.


Mr Gary Ching Kin Wai presenting his dissertation, June 2023. 


Participants expressed their gratitude for the enriching experiences and personal growth they encountered during the training course. Course participant Mr Gary Ching Kin Wai told “I’m thankful for again yet another enriching experience during the part of the course. Aside from the valuable inputs from the Coach Developers and guest speakers, the course allows many opportunities for the course participants to come together to discuss and share their experiences from different coaching environments. The practical sessions have also been conducted in a progressive, stress-free, and realistic manner for the course participants to develop based on each course participant’s game model. I look forward to the next part of the course.”


Mr Ridhuan Muhamad presenting his dissertation, June 2023. 


Another course participant, Mr Muhammad Ridhuan Muhamad shared similar sentiments: “The journey of the course so far has made me realise how much the other course participants and myself have developed after having a clearer understanding of coaching methodology. We’re putting what we’ve learnt so far to practice, especially during the previous part of the course during our work experience.”


Mr Zainudeen Hassan, Head, Coach Education and Development at the FAS concluded: “It was interesting to see the course participants presenting their assigned dissertation topic, their team analysis matrix, and their opponent analysis. As part of their dissertation, course participants presented evidence-based research and put up very good suggestions and ideas. We also would like to thank the respective teams and schools for providing players for our course to create the required realism for the course participants.”



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