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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The much anticipated Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) D license coaching course opened at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) yesterday (Thursday) with over 30 of the country’s entry level coaches in attendance.

The course, which is being conducted by CONCACAF Development Officer Lenny Lake of St Kitts and Nevis and instructor Jose “Joe Supe” Supercerna, is set to cover a wide range of areas to include the principles of coaching, adequate training by age, fundamentals of planning training sessions, physical training, health and security, among other components of coaching youth football.

In addressing participants at the opening ceremony, President of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Everton “Batow” Gonsalves, highlighted the importance of such grassroots initiatives.

“It’s not by chance that the ABFA works in conjunction with CONCACAF to ensure training sessions like these. The development of football in Antigua & Barbuda is sacred to us and one of the pillars of development is certainly education and let me start from the onset to indicate to my colleagues here that when you do go back to CONCACAF, express our heartfelt thanks to Mr Jeff Webb (President) and Enrique Sanz (General Secretary) for the opportunity to share in this exercise,” he said.

The FA, last week, announced that the response from local coaches had been “overwhelming” as the number of applicants had far surpasses the 30 available spots.

Development Coordinator for CONCACAF, Johnathon Martinez, highlighted the importance of youth development.

Johnathon Martinez“We believe that development starts at this level; this course is catered to children from the ages 6 to 12, the future if football, the future of your country, the future of where you are going in any direction starts with you. The impact that you have on future footballers and future citizens of this country goes much further than this room. We bring two instructors here and not just two regular instructors or two ordinary instructors, but two of our best instructors here to facilitate this course and I ask you to challenge them, to ask some questions and to ask why,” Martinez said.

The course is set to conclude on May 11.