FIFA instructor here for first football fitness course
Some of Jamaica's football coaches will go down in history as the first to participate in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) FIFA Fitness Coaching Course, which started yesterday at the JFF's Centre at the University of the West Indies.
The course, which is scheduled to end on Friday, will be under the guidance of FIFA instructor Tobias Wawroschek of Germany.
"This is the first time a fitness course will be conducted here, so it is a historical event starting today (yesterday)," said Vin Blaine, JFF's director of football.
Wawroschek, who is a strength and conditioning expert, said he is here to "enhance coaching in Jamaica".
"I hope that I can bring some further information and have some fun. Thanks to FIFA, the JFF and others for bringing me. So let's start the dance," he concluded.
Professor Colin Gyles, acting president of the University of Technology (UTech), spoke of the importance of physical training in football.
"The course will focus on fitness. A good player should be able to run for 45 minutes in each half. Being fit is very important to play the sport," Gyles said.
"I want to acknowledge support of the JFF and sponsor JMMB (Jamaica Money Market Brokers). It is not by chance that Jamaica has improved in football. We have set a vision under Captain Horace Burrell (JFF president)," he added.
Jerome Smalling, CEO, JMMB Merchant Bank, noted they have been in existence for 23 years and are supportive of projects to improve coaching.
"We have been involved with the coaching programme for six years. However, it is important to develop players, so the coaches have to be equipped.
"Remittance remains a big way for the economy, so exporting talent is good for the country. We all want academic excellence, but sporting talent is important, so I encourage the coaches to continue the good work," Smalling outlined.
The five-day course has 28 spaces for coaches, includes one female, Toni Cowan, and was open to Premier League clubs, parish associations and tertiary institutions.
"Fitness is a very important aspect of football, and this course is towards the development of the sport. My plan is to specialise in fitness in the future," Cowan, the lone female in the group, and representing Cavalier, SC said.