RECENTLY, SIX Jamaican coaches participated in a Concacaf A license course, organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), and the Head of Coach Education at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Andrew Peart, aims to advance local coaching to the level where his organization can replicate the feat.
Peart, who was part of the delegation, praised the TTFA for the initiative, noting that regional coaches generally have to travel outside the region to acquire this level of coaching certification.
However, as the twin island republic looks to host two more courses over the next two years, Peart hopes more Jamaican coaches will get the chance.
“There were six Jamaicans and people from Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis – all over the Caribbean. So it really is a course for Caribbean coaches to become world class.
“It’s expensive to travel for this course. So for the TTFA to put this inside the Caribbean is great.
“TTFA’s plan is to have three (courses) in three years. So there will be chances for other trainers to get the upgrade.
“Hopefully one day Jamaica can get to the level where we can organize our own, or in association with Concacaf or any other federation, so that our local coaches can have better access to these A license courses,” said he declared. The Glaner.
According to Peart, the 220-hour course was truly empowering and eye-opening. The cohort, he said, will continue their studies online until they have met the requirements.
“The face-to-face component is only part of it. The course will continue until January, February. We will have online webinars and we will have individual coursework that we need to complete.
“So there’s not really an end date. It’s about meeting the certification criteria. We could all finish January, February, but some could last longer,” he said.
He added that this first group of Jamaican coaches, which also included Wendell Downswell – director of football; Merron Gordon – Men’s National Team assistant coach; Rudolph Speid – chairman of the technical and development committee; Marcel Gayle – national under-20 coach; and Vassell Reynolds – JFF Coach Educator, will lead the way in helping to improve coaching in the local landscape.
“We had coaches who had B licenses, so it’s a step forward, and the response from our coaches has been good. They are happy to have had the opportunity.
“The idea is to put more of our coaches at world level. We also expect Coach Educators to come back and teach the other courses below A Iicence.
“It’s all about growth, and we have to keep nurturing our local coaches as much as possible so that we can improve the level of football and the level of coaching,” he said.
The course was led by TTFA Technical Director, Anton Corneal; Tony McCallum, England FA coach; and Brazil coach trainer and former national team fitness coach Geraldo Delamore.
The course is consistent with the content, contact hours and similar learning outcomes of other A license courses in the CONCACAF and UEFA regions.