Just a few days are left for the country’s most promising footballing minds to join a rapidly-growing group of highly-qualified coaches. The second ever instalment of the OFC/NZF A-Licence recently wrapped up and time is running out to sign up for the third, which is set to take place in 2018.
Led by world-class coach developer Rob Sherman, the A-Licence is the highest coaching qualification available on these shores and 44 people have now been through the course. That figure will grow next year as New Zealand Football continues in its aim of producing appropriately-qualified coaches for all levels of the game.
“In an already hugely significant year for the development of our nation’s coaching system, this element of the NZF Coach Education Pathway is one we are extremely proud to offer,” says NZF Coach Development Manager Steven Dillon.
“For perspective, we hadn’t run one of these courses prior to 2015 so the fact that we have been able to run two, with a third to come, shows how committed these individuals are to their personal coach development. All have ambitions to coach at the highest level currently available to them and demonstrated marked improvements throughout the course – it was evident that ongoing application of the coaching methodology we are advocating has helped take their coaching to a new level.”
Targeted at ambitious coaches who wish to work at a national league or international level, the OFC/NZF A-Licence is clearly of huge benefit to those who graduate from it, as expressed by a pair who have recently earned the qualification.
Team Wellington coach Jose Figueira can’t speak highly enough of his time on the course.
“It was a very positive experience – the content, delivery and structure of the learning environment was great to be a part of,” he says. “My journey through the A-Licence has enabled me to further develop my coaching vision and philosophy, as well as giving me the tools to apply it to the highest of standards within my own environment here with Team Wellington.”
New Zealand women’s U-17 coach Leon Birnie, who is also the Football Development Manager for the Central Football Federation, feels likewise.
“It was an excellent course which covered a very diverse range of topics that challenged but also engaged coaches throughout,” he says.
“I feel I have been given additional tools that will allow me to continue to grow as a coach but also improve the quality players will receive from me. I really enjoyed spending time with good quality coaches from across Oceania and being able to share and be challenged within this environment.”
The A-Licence is broken into two parts with the highly-regarded Sherman joined in delivering the content by Dillon and Korouch Monsef, a Coach Development Officer for the Northern Football Federation. The candidates return for the second part of the course after a season-long self-guided process of ongoing application and reflection with their respective teams.
Applications for the next OFC/NZF A-Licence will close on September 29, to apply please click here
OFC/NZF A-Licence 2018
Millennium Institute of Sport, Auckland
Part 1: February 5 – February 16, 2018 (12 Days)
Part 2: September 20 – September 27, 2018 (8 Days)