With a view to promote and enhance coaching education for aspiring and working coaches, the Hero Indian Super League (HISL) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) organized the Premier Skills India Coaching course, an initiative of the English Premier League and the British Council of India, in Mumbai from the 5th to 11th of September 2016. Three coaches selected by NorthEast United FC, Mr Ananda Basumatary, Mrs Sarika Brahma Hazarika and Mr Subham Rabha attended the course that was focused at delivering grassroots level coaches' training.
The course was conducted by Premier League coaches, Jeremy Weeks, the Head Coach, Robert Perrett (Crystal Palace FC) and Katie Bottom (West Ham United FC). Supporting them in the endeavour were Premier Skills India Coach Educators, Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar of Kolkata, Shekhar Kerkar from Goa and Kerala’s Shafeeq Hassan.
Over a week-long rigorous training session, the trainee coaches took part in multiple sessions, including personal reading, self-assessment and introspection. They were further trained in coaching styles and formation and warm-up schedule, in order to be able to deliver the holistic training to their mentees.
“It was a golden opportunity getting international expertise to train and mentor Indian coaches. Although there is no lack of passionate footballers in the country, it is still paramount to get the adequate technical training and be able to pass the same to the next generation of aspiring footballers. I am affirmative that our coaches are now endowed with a better perspective and the adequate skillset,” said Ardeshir Jeejeebhoy, Director of Football for NEUFC.
The youngest coach participant from NEUFC, 21 year old Subham Rabha said, “The training sessions were truly world-class. We learned several unique skills delivered by the Premier League coaches in an entertaining and fun-filled way. The training will help me at grassroots levels and I would like to thank NorthEast United FC for providing me this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the course and helping me hone my coaching skills.”