29th March 2016, 22:34
The Gibraltar Football Association today announced a 5 year partnership with the Football Association of Wales and Welsh Football Trust, with the goal of improving coaching standards on the Rock. The agreement will aim to create a pool of coaches who will be able to deliver FA W level 1, FA W level 2 and UEFA B courses locally.
This exciting announcement for local football was delivered at the Victoria Stadium, prior to tonight’s International Friendly between Gibraltar and Latvia; and looks set to give grass roots football on the Rock the vital push it needs. The benefits of this agreement will primarily revolve around the standards of coaching, with Gibraltarian candidates no longer having to travel abroad to undertake their FA W Level 1, FA W Level 2 and UEFA B courses. There will also be opportunities for local coaches to carry out UEFA A and UEFA Pro level coaching licenses in Wales, under the ospices of the Welsh Football Trust. WFT representative Carl Darlington assured that this will provide the base of knowledge to deliver relevant and intense training sessions with coaches able to get across their own philosophies to their players.
Specialist goalkeeping coach courses will also be available to help tackle the current lack of goalkeeper coaches on the Rock, and the Welsh Football Trust assure that they don’t intend to intrude on the GFA in any shape or form, with the emphasis being on helping the state of locally based coaches.
A basic knowledge of football is encouraged but not necessarily required, with no prior experience in the game needed for anyone thinking of taking advantage of these courses right at our doorstep. And with the next European Qualification campaign still over 2 years away, the GFA will be hoping further initiatives like this will help give them the preparation needed to help bolster their hopes.