Forca Goa Foundation conducts Premier Skills Community Coaching program in Shillong

Shillong, August 22:  The Forca Goa Foundation co-ordinated and organised a two-day Premier Skills Community Coaching program for 20 grassroots coaches in Shillong as part of the Foundation’s coach development program.

The Forca Goa Foundation recognises the need to develop professional and trained grassroots coaches across the country. Through these community coaching programs, the Foundation hopes to provide coaches the tools and knowledge to deliver organised, safe, and fun football sessions for children of all abilities.

The Community Coaching program was conducted for 13 male and 7 female coaches from three local clubs in Shillong; Mawkhar Sports Club, Mawlai Sports Club & Wahingdoh Sports Club and local grassroots academy, OnSide Sports.

The program, funded and supported by the British Council in India was  conducted by Nathaniel Da Costa, Football Development Manager and Premier Skills Coach Educator from Forca Goa Foundation and Avinash Kharel, Premier Skills Coach Educator.

Premier Skills initiative is run by the Premier League and the British Council in association with the Sports Authority of India and the Indian Super League. The programme uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

In this model, Premier League coaches from UK train Indian Coach Educators and Referees from across the country. These coach educators then go back to their communities as Premier Skills Coach Educators (PSCE) where they train grassroots level coaches and referees using Premier Skills methodology of community coaching.

Premier Skills programme aims to give young people the skills to transform themselves and their communities through football. The program uses football to encourage women and girls to participate in sports and build confidence.

Through the programme, coaches and referees gain employability skills and football players in rural communities get access to international standards of coaching.

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