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Goalkeeping courses need to be upgraded, says AFC coaching instructor

ANI | Updated: May 07, 2019 22:11 IST

New Delhi [India], May 7 (ANI): AFC Level 1 goalkeeping course instructor Kris Yong Wai Hwang believes that coaching education courses need to be upgraded as football has changed over the years.
"The modules I have recommended are to produce more creative coaches with creative methodologies that encourage the goalkeepers to make their decisions in sessions," he said.
"India has the potential to be the Asian giants in football due to the number of good talents the country possesses. With more emphasis on coaching education and commitments of the local coaches, I strongly believe India will be a big force in Asian football," Hwang said.
Hwang stressed on the importance of having different coaches work in groups during the curriculum in order to ensure a more holistic learning process for them.
"When they found out that they were the ones that going to do the group demonstrations, they started interacting and discussed the group projects," the course instructor said.
"The most important part of the course is to upgrade their knowledge and the understanding of how to get the best out of their goalkeepers. The coaches too agreed that they should be more accommodating to the players' needs by having the right attitude and character when dealing with the players," Hwang said.
Association of Indian Football Federation (AIFF) Coaches Director Dinesh Nair, who also took part in the course, said that the participants in the course learnt a lot over the duration of the week.
"The candidates who came from across India were former Indian national team players, academy coaches, and also club coaches. They were all very happy, and have taken back loads of knowledge. They can now only implement it in their clubs, academies, and teams, and also share the same with school kids, and other coaches in their respective communities and states," Nair said.
"The focus will always be on how goalkeeping coaches can train goalkeepers in technical and functional sessions. The coaches also get an understanding of the role of a goalkeeping coach, planning training sessions, different coaching styles, coaching process, and goalkeeping psychology," said the AIFF Coaches Director. (ANI)