The Technical Department of the Georgian Football Federation has launched the UEFA B+A Diploma coaching course, which is designed for long-standing players who meet the following criteria:
- At least 10 matches for the Georgian senior national team.
- Member of the Georgian senior national team for at least seven years.
- 30 years of age before or during the coaching course.
The course takes place in Georgia for the first time. Participants include current and former national team players, who are given the opportunity to skip the C license and complete the B+A coaching course by following a specially devised programme. Upon successful completion of the course, the footballers will hold the UEFA A License.
The course consists of 6 modules and includes both theoretical and practical components. UEFA experts and Jira Panel members Kris van der Haegen and Ghenadie Scurtul are sharing their experience with the participants.
The course launch was attended by GFF General Secretary David Mujiri, Technical Director Zaza Zamtaradze and First Vice-President Kakha Chumburidze, who wished the participants good luck, spoke about the importance of coach education and emphasised that this is a priority field for GFF.
“We have learned a lot on the opening day. Naturally, we must leave our comfort zone and participate in the practical process, where we will hold training sessions. This will be a new experience for us, and we are determined to complete this course successfully.
This is an interesting challenge. This is the job that we love, and we want to share our experience with young footballers, gradually moving closer to acquiring the Pro License” – Guram Kashia (Georgia national team captain).
“It is good to share our experience with current players. We are not trying to teach these experienced players something new, but they need information about the methodology. The players have a big advantage, because they already know everything about football. The main challenge is to convey the coaching ideas to younger footballers and select the right coaching methods to improve players. This is what the course participants must learn. Only by becoming involved in the coaching process can they transform themselves into coaches, and this requires some time” – Kris van der Haegen (UEFA expert).