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OFC spurs growth of women coaches

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, December 12, 2013

OCEANIA Football Confederation women's development officer and FIFA instructor Nicola Demaine expects a growth in women coaches in the country after the completion of a coaching course in Ba this Friday.

A total of 20 participants are attending the week-long course which covers the fundamentals of the sport.

Demaine, who hails from England, said the OFC was pushing hard to lift women's football in the region.

She said the participants were undergoing theoretical and practical sessions daily.

"This FIFA coaching course includes introduction to the game for the women's coaches," Demaine said.

"It covers right from as low as the under-12 level going up to the U19 level. Then we look at the world stage with the likes of Japan, Germany, the United States and see how Fiji can get closer to that.

"The input from the participants is awesome. They are all eager to learn. Some of them don't know anything about football but are keen by asking many questions.

"Hopefully they have seen enough to say 'yes, I want to become a coach and get a coaching licence'.

"Women's football has been a bit neglected in the past and we are now having a real push to give them the same opportunity the men have."

Demaine has held many football roles in New Zealand and was the Waikato Bay of Plenty Football Federation women's development officer before joining the OFC last year.