Coaching the Coach: A Saturday Training with Derrick

 In Game, Grassroots

Forca Goa Foundation conducted its second coaching overview on Saturday the 13th of January 2013. At these sessions, our grassroots coaches conduct a practical coaching session that is overseen by Derrick Pereira, our Head of Youth Development and Orlando Viegas, the Grassroots Development Director.


The Foundation looks to conduct these sessions regularly so the grassroots coaches get a chance to learn and get feedback from Pereira and can improve their coaching delivery. This is also an opportunity for the club to streamline the coaching process and develop a similar playing style from the grassroots system right up to the first team.

The session was conducted on a clear sunny morning at Chowgule College grounds. Pereira kicked off proceedings by telling the coaches about how our youth teams are slowly playing the way head coach Lobera wants them to play and he expects the grassroots coaches to improve the kids by focussing on basic technical skills and increasing the intensity of the training sessions.

Each coach conducted a 20-minute session that consisted of a warm-up, technical progression, and a small-sided game. This was followed by an individual one on one with Pereira and Viegas, where the positives and areas of improvement for each coach were discussed.

The sessions ranged from passing and dribbling to shooting and defending and it was heartening to see so many different training sessions being conducted.

At the end of all the practical sessions, Pereira sat down with all the coaches for a final review. He lauded the fact that the sessions have improved remarkably from the last review and the coaches were a lot more professional in their approach.

He also highlighted some points that the coaches need to remember while conducting sessions with kids.

  • Warm up has to be linked to the main session
  • Don’t use handball games for warm-ups or drills, make sure the kids use their feet.
  • Demonstration is very important
  • Make sure the balls and other equipment required for training are close by.
  • Be more confident when communicating
  • Always put 100% of your focus on your session
  • Pay attention to your body language
  • Have a lot of patience with the kids

He stressed that the whole aim of conducting these sessions was to constantly learn and improve. He encouraged the coaches to take every opportunity they get to develop themselves and said the club will assist in every way possible for them to get higher up the coaching ladder.

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