Twenty coaches from 20 community clubs had an opportunity to attend youth soccer and life skills training course held at the Bahati centre on 3rd-4th of November 2010 that was conducted by 3 coaches from VAP.The training course focused mostly on soccer techniques and tactical for youth aged 6-15 years as well as life skills.
During the first day in the morning hours coaches were taken through theoretical soccer drills that included: dribbling, passes, shooting ball control among others. In the afternoon each and every coach was given a ball and had to do every exercise practically as per the theory lessons. The main purpose of the lessons was to build up the entire tactical skills of the coaches.
Day two of the training was mainly focusing on life skills and how sports and soccer in particular can be used as a tool for social change. The advantage of soccer being a universal language and the most liked sport puts it ahead of all the sports and it can easily be taken advantage of to address life skills messages regarding: HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse, malaria, TB etc.Coaches were taken through a couple life skills activities that uses soccer in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, alcohol and drug abuse that they would absorb and use during their trainings with their respective community youth clubs. In addition they were given some manuals that contained soccer related activities that address life skills that would help them to use.”This training is an eye opener to me, my club and the community that I come from.”Said Hussein Juma, youth coach from Maringo club who attended the training.
As always, we appreciate and thank all the donors who have been donating towards this project and we would urge them to keep on supporting us so that we could reach out to others and improve our society.”Nancy Waweru, Director VAP.
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