Twenty beach soccer coaches were confirmed after a week-long FIFA FIFA Beach Soccer Coaching course that concluded last Friday at the Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa.
The coaches are from South, West and Northern division including Fiji FA Development Officers.
Switzerland national team coach, Angelo Schirinzi, known by many as “Mr Beach Soccer” conducted the course.
The former Tahiti beach soccer coach was pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the participants.
“I am really impressed with the way the participants showed their interest in beach soccer, “he said
“They were great group of motivated coaches. I would say who will help Fiji Football prosper in beach soccer,”
“The participants were really eager to learn and show a lot of interest in theory and practical sessions.”
Former national futsal rep Mira Sahib said the course has really motivated him.
“I have been a football and futsal coach but beach soccer coaching has really motivated me because it’s very interesting with more action pack especially with the bicycle kick,” said Sahib
Mira said he had learned a lot in the week long course.
“There were courses about set pieces, how quickly we can get the goal which is trick in beach soccer so that’s the way forward for football and futsal because that will also help our players grow in football and futsal,”
“We were taught a lot of tactics about beach soccer which was very interesting and will surely develop our players,”
The Nasinu FC coach said his aim was now to run more beach soccer competition in his district.
“I will go back to my district and start the beach soccer competition and will also educate people on the beach soccer coaching and will teach them about the idea of the game.
“We had the best beach soccer coach from FIFA who gave us a lot of knowledge in beach soccer and the most interesting part was that we spent a lot of time on the sand rather than in the classroom,”
Sushil Singh of Tailevu Naitasiri said the course was very good.
“It was really a good week long course something new we have learnt and with very few experience in beach soccer but we were equipped with more knowledge from the instructor which has motivated me to coach a team in beach soccer,”
“I will be setting up a beach soccer club league in my district and I am sure we will get more interest from the players,”
“This is a pathway for us to grow the game of beach soccer in the country,” said Singh