The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s resolve to enhance the women’s game on the Continent was further underlined when it kicked off the 2nd AFC Women Coach Education Tutors Course 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.
Taking place from November 27 to December 1, the course will see 24 participants from 21 Member Associations engage in theoretical as well as practical sessions to refine their skills as coach educators in delivering the AFC A and B diploma courses.
After a welcome presentation and an introduction outlining the primary objectives of the programme by Bai Lili, AFC Head of Women’s Football, the first session of the five-day course saw the participants take part in informative theoretical sessions on topics such as reality-based learning and football action language, which were led by the duo of AFC Principal Coaching Consultant Wim Koevermans renowned Coach Educator Vera Pauw.
To test out their newly acquired knowledge from the classroom discussions, practical sessions were organised for the participants where they translated their theoretical understanding into on-field proficiency.
During the course of the remaining days, the participating coach educators will undergo extensive training where they, besides having their analytical skills and coaching capabilities assessed, will receive valuable insights and updates on the best practices to be followed while curating long-term development courses.
“Women Coach education needs further development and attention as the women’s game has made huge strides and the number of women coaches is growing as well. Only coaches with a sound understanding of the game can produce quality players for the future and hence, these courses are of utmost importance for the women’s game,” said Bai Lili, AFC’s Head of Women’s Football.
Designed for existing as well as new tutors, the course is yet another indication of the AFC’s efforts in upholding its Vision of ensuring that Asian teams continue to succeed on the world stage.