The OSA conducted another very successful Provincial “B” license coaching certification course this past weekend (September 21-23, 2012). Hosted in Ottawa, 40 candidates—all seeking to enhance their learning and coaching credentials—took part in the five-day course.
We are delighted to see this surge in interest in the number of our coaches taking advantage of the opportunities that the Association is providing to achieve higher levels of certification. A big part of our ongoing efforts around Long-Term Player Development has to do with ensuring that our coaches have not only the necessary technical and tactical skills and knowledge but also the proper understanding of “youth” players and how best to nurture the needs of young athletes as they develop. As more coaches make the commitment to further their knowledge and awareness, LTPD will have the impact it should. Most importantly, coaches will be able to work holistically with all of our players right across the province—whether they want to play strictly for fun or also aspire to a future in soccer.
When Clubs invest in their coaches, they are also investing in and doing all that they the can for our young players.
An example of how Clubs are already responding enthusiastically to LTPD is the clear increase in demand for our pre-B coaching courses. Typically, the OSA conducts 9 pre-B courses per calendar year, but at the moment, we have 16 different courses scheduled in various parts of Ontario. Many more requests are being received, so we anticipate a very full schedule for the rest of this year and throughout 2013.
If the demand is there, and we hope it continues, we will do everything we can to host and deliver as many Coaching certification programs as possible in the months ahead.
Chief Technical Officer
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