Coaches Workshop concluded in New Delhi

The three-day Coaches Workshop for Coaches concluded at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday (April 15). The Workshop which was conducted by AIFF Technical Director Mr. Rob Baan and Mr. Scott O’Donell, Technical Manager for Regional and Elite Academies, was attended by 12 Indian Coaches plus a Coach from Australia.

This was the second such Workshop which was organised by the All India Football Federation – the earlier one being held in the Capital from January 13-15, 2012.

Mr. Rob Baan and Scott O’Donell pose with all the participants at the Workshop for Coaches at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday (April 15)
The Workshop came in for praise from the participants. Former Team India Assistant Coach Stanley Rozario, who has also coached the Kolkata Big-two, felt the Workshop was a breath of fresh air. “It was nice to refresh myself. Such a Workshop was long due and it was nice to be a part of it. Both Rob and Scott stressed on playing possessional football. It was great to interact with them,” he said.

Narayana Menon, India’s U-23 Assistant Coach at the Pre-Olympic Qualifiers, added: “The focus is now shifting on the juniors. The intention is to create players who will be the flag-bearer for Indian football in the future. My only regret stays that it only lasted three days. It would have been excellent if we could spend more time at the Workshop.”

The Workshop had different Theoretical and Practical Sessions – while the Theoretical sessions were held at Clarks Inn at Lajpat Nagar, the practical sessions were conducted at the Ambedkar Stadium.

Arthur Pappas, an Australian Coach who was also at the Workshop said “it was nice to be in India.”

“It is very important for Indian football to develop Indian Coaches. The Workshop was very innovative and helpful indeed,” he explained.

“This concept was a new one. The Workshop highlighted a style which Rob and Scott believe will take Indian football forward. I thank the All India Football Federation for arranging such a Workshop,” Meghalaya’s Thangboi Singto, Shillong Lajong’s Assistant Coach, commented.

The list of the participants:
Thangboi Singto (Meghalaya), Satheevan Balan, Narayana Menon (both Kerala), Stanley Rozario (Karnataka), Subrata Bhattacharya, Satyabrata Bhowmick, Mridul Kanti Bannerjee, Ranjan Bhattacharya (all from Bengal), Anadi Barua (Delhi), Santanu Basu, Bidhan Das (both from Assam) and Keshav Dutt (Haryana).