TO be a good coach, you must have and understand the value of leadership said coach Joe Rarua from the Vanuatu Football Federation.
A group of coaches from various sports in Vanuatu are undergoing courses to upgrade their skills as sport reaches new levels in the country.
Today during the Women in News Sports (WINS) workshop, the participants went to the Port Vila tennis club and met some of them as they were working in anticipation of the upcoming Pacific Mini Games in December.
Mr Rarua said the reason for coaching is that you are in the firing line and you are the one dealing with the players.
“Eighty per cent of your team must be based with the culture in your society and how we behave in the training environment,” he said.
“So the 20 per cent of this training is based on techniques that we apply to it and develop the sports discipline that we are using in training.”
He said the percentages all add up to a complete all-day program for a proper training session.
“To be a better coach, you must have all the plans in place, such as planning the sessions or aiming to achieve the objectives of a team during a tournament,” he said.
“Coaches must also have skills and knowledge in what sports they are part of and must be a communication skilled person.
“For instance as a coach you can’t stand in front of the players and start talking if you’re a bit shy; this is not right at all because you don’t know if the players understand what you are trying to say.
“So you have to explain the manual at a level that players will understand.”
Mr Rarua said these are the best attributes to be a better coach.
“As a coach you need to make sure all the players in your team feel at home first before they start training,” he said.
Mr Rarua was previously a football development officer for the Shefa Football Association where he implemented development programs for football in Shefa Province.
“I did some programs in Epi, Emae and Efate,” he said.
“By 2014, I was the assistant coach to the under 15 boys when the Olympic Games was hosted in China.
“Now I have been at the VFF for four years and I am the club coach for Shepherds United.”
He said the Vanuatu football team is really looking forward to the Van2017 games.
“The head coach is preparing the players and the scouting for all the players is already in,” he said.
“The current under 20 team is in the mix now.
“There are some challenges that the players are facing which is due to a tight schedule.
“There is a champion session for Port Vila Football so many are not coming to the National team club training due to commitments, but so far many turned up and we are letting them know that they have to respect the national duty that they are part of.”
Mr Rarua said that this coach development course had helped him a lot because it gave guidelines on how he can prepare national long term development plans to qualify players in the future.
“Bong Kalo is a motivating idol for the future generations,” he said.
“So players need to get training from an early age, like 10 years plus, and when they turn 17 years old they can meet challenges overseas.
“Another thing I learned is to plan a full complete session to manage for players to improve.
“This course is very important to Vanuatu national coaches, coaches and the development game players and I thank VASANOC for that.”
Talemo Waqa, Oceania Sport Education Program (OSEP) mentor from Fiji, said this training helped the coaches greatly by upgrading their skills.
“So coaches can train better and then train their players and we thank VASANOC for the invitation,” he said.
“The first course is ‘coach development’ and it ends today.
“The other course which will be starting Thursday is ‘strength and conditioning’ and it will end on Saturday.’’
Mr Waqa has been a sports teacher for 25 years and he works with the Rugby Federation in Fiji but now joins the OSEP.
“I’ve taught netball, athletics and volleyball and now I’m teaching rugby in the region,” he said.
“Fiji rugby won gold at the Rio Olympics in Brazil and every time during the Mini Games we always won gold.
“We are also helping other sports apart from rugby,” he said.
“We are very thankful to VASANOC and to the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) for allowing this training to happen.”