Newly appointed assistant coach for Juniors and former Vasco SC coach, Gavin Araujo together with Head Coach for Juniors Mathew D’Costa, will travel to Mumbai on Monday to attend the five day AIFF Coaching Seminar to be conducted by Mr. Robert Baan, Technical Director of the All India Football Federation.
Also addressing the seminar will be newly appointed National coach Wim Koevermans, Technical Director of Regional andEliteAcademies, Scott O’Donnel along with Head Coach of Youth Development Colm Toal. Bhaichung Bhutia will address the participants on the first day of the seminar. Also present would be AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das who will, in his address unveil plans or Indian football in the next five years.
“We have invited around 70 coaches for the seminar including all the coaches from all the I-League clubs and all AIFF contracted coaches,” Kushal Das informed.
“The seminar gives us the opportunity to exchange knowledge and discuss our new vision for the future development of Indian football,” said AIFF Technical Director Rob Baan. “We also hope the coaches will provide us a lot of inputs.”
The theoretical lessons will be conducted by Baan, Koevermans and O’Donnel at the Royal Orchid Hotel in Navi Mumbai while the practical lessons will be held at theFatherAgnelSchoolground which incidentally also houses AIFF’s firstRegionalAcademy.
The coaching clinic is being held by the AIFF who are hoping to usher in a new change in the wayIndiaplays football. After the refreshing performance of Arthur Papas’ boys at the AFC U-22 Championships where his 4-3-3 formation tookAsiaby storm, the AIFF hopes to educate the coaches in the way modern football is played in the hope that it percolates, through the clubs, to every kid that plays football.
There would also be separate sessions conducted by Dr. Manabendra Bhattacharya on Medical Care and Treatment of Youth Players (including age verification) and one by Pradip Dutta on Physical Preparation of Young Players.