At least 140 participants joined the latest AFC Coach Education Special Online Session to discuss topics related to coach education while receiving updates on the AFC Coaching Convention and the A-Youth Diploma.
Participants from 41 Member Associations (MAs) also listened to interviews with former Danish FA Head of Coach Education, Peter Rudbaek and AFC Principal Coaching Consultant Wim Koevermans.
Rudbaek shared his experience of working in the Danish FA and emphasised the importance of providing education for coach educators and creating a high-performance environment consisting of staff members alongside other stakeholders.
“You need to know the principles and value that you want to build on and you need the knowledge. It is important that you have a personality and attitude and to know yourself before you can lead other people,” he said.
“Remember why you are in football and what you can do for these coaches and in turn, what these coaches can do for players. As a coach educator, you are an important person and you can see how football can change lives and cultures. Start talking to the management about how important coach education is,” Rudbaek explained.
Meanwhile, Koevermans talked about his experience from an AFC perspective, sharing the importance of having a vision and style of football in MAs.
He further elaborated on the usage of video analysis, having a plan to recruit coaches at all levels and the benefits of including the latest A-Youth Diploma in the AFC Coaching Convention.
The virtual session also provided space for participants to join open forums where they discussed several topics including the challenges they faced with coach education programmes and how to develop home grown coaches.
Additionally, participants were given the opportunity to raise any questions in relation to the AFC Coaching Convention.