Football launches pathway to future

THE Fiji Football Association’s first-ever football development curriculum titled “Totolo Futupolo” was launched last Saturday at Fiji FA Headquarters in Vatuwaqa.

The curriculum was spearheaded by Fiji FA technical director Timo Jankowski and his technical department.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf says the football development curriculum is the pathway to the future development of football in the country.

“We want to create a football philosophy that will ensure our survival in the modern game,” said Yusuf

“The curriculum is the basic tool for our coaches, the development officers, and the school teachers to use as a guiding principle to develop football,”

Digicel national team captain Roy Krishna commended Fiji FA and its technical and education team for taking the step forward to thoroughly develop and start the execution of its Football Development Curriculum.

“This has been a long time coming and I know a development curriculum such as this would go a long way in setting up a strong football culture, establishing a distinctive style of play for the nation that starts from the grassroots all the way to the national team and enforcing mentality,” said Krishna

“I’m very pleased that the future of football is in good hands. This curriculum will lay the foundation for young Fijians to train into prime athletes who can play any game format with energy, strength, and tact,”

Fiji FA executive board member Nazia Ali Krishna says the curriculum is a blueprint for football development.

“This curriculum is a blueprint for football development as it not only explains the philosophical approach for football development for the broader football community but it also has comprehensive explanations and practical models that coaches can run with from the grassroots level to the national level. It promotes high performance with a broad range of skills and competencies and should be used as a practical guide for coaches and players of every age, gender or level as well as their parents.”

“It is versatile and can be adopted at schools, clubs, academies and everywhere football is played so no one is left behind.”

“The philosophy of introducing mixed football at the early stages for boys and girls ensures that children grow up learning that everyone is equal on and off the field and this is a step in the right direction of ensuring gender equality is promoted and achieved across the board.

“I hope that this curriculum will make football even more accessible to every child in Fiji so that we build a greater pathway for the future and that more Fijians both men and women, can play professional football, and win continental and world competitions and bring pride to our nation.”

 

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