Towards the take-off of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Youth League, the League Management Company has embarked on the re-training of over 100 coaches across the country, including 20 from the NPFL youth teams and 60 from the Nationwide League One.
The coaches who have converged in Abuja this weekend will be tutored by resource persons from the Spanish League, LaLiga, led by Oscar Bruzon and David Aznar.
The training programme which is another product of the NPFL-LaLiga Commercial and Technical partnership will hold from Saturday, March 4 to Monday, March 6 and will see the Nigerian academy coaches put through the basics of youth team training.
Speaking on the content of the clinic holding at the Abuja National Stadium, former Nigerian international and Head of the LaLiga Nigeria Office, Mutiu Adepoju, said the instructions will be based on the LaLiga Coaching Methodology.
“This clinic on the LaLiga Coaching Methodology will have sub-topics ranging from Introduction to Laliga Methodology; Football Training Structure and Basic Technical / Tactical Training and Foundations. It will also include tutorials on Advanced Technical /Tactical Training and Foundations, Football Training Periodization & Game Model and Strategy and Team/Opponent Analysis”.
Adepoju said there will be practical sessions for all the topics.
On the benefits of the clinic to the participants, The LaLiga representative said, “It is expected that the coaches will be in a position to practice at the highest level at the end of this seminar. The benefit will also result in the players who will be under these coaches to have good technical and tactical foundations to aid them play at the highest level”.
The NPFL Youth League for U-18 years old players of the NPFL Clubs and supported by LaLiga is expected to start during the on-going 2016/17 season and would be played on zonal format culminating in a finals. It is part of the League Management Company’s (LMC) long term strategy to develop a supply chain of trained players for the league.
The NPFL-LaLiga partnership signed in 2016 have since recorded a number of exchanges between the two leagues including a tour of Spain by an NPFL All-Star team, the opening of LaLiga Nigeria office in Abuja and a LaLiga support for the Internally Displaced People of Borno State through El-Kanemi Warriors FC.