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Vedanta SESA Goa And GFA Organize One Of Its Kind ‘World Coaches Program’

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

Panjim, Goa, June 25, 2019: Vedanta Sesa Goa in collaboration with Goa Football Association (GFA) kicked off a 5 day long ‘World Coaches Program’ by the Netherlands Football Federation (KNVB) at Duler Stadium in Mapusa. Spearheaded by Dutch Football expert Bert Zuurman, the program aims to equip the football league coaches with advanced skills which will provide significant impetus to football in the state.

The World Coaches program is the international training program started by the KNVB in 2009. It aims to train football coaches in their own neighbourhood to inspire and guide children on a sporting and social level. The program that is based on the many years of international experience of the KNVB in the field of coaching and training and has till date reached out to close to 15000 coaches across the world.

Sukhvinder Singh, CEO, Sesa Football Academy (SFA), Vincent van Noord, Associate Director of European Business and Technology Centre and Lavino Rebello, Vice President, GFA North were present at the inauguration event and emphasized on the prominence of such events for the development of football in Goa and India.

Sukhvinder Singh, CEO, Sesa Football Academy said, “Vedanta has a vision to take Indian football to the next level and vows to create more opportunities for the players and the coaches. We are committed equally towards the development of women footballers through our various initiatives such as the Vedanta Women’s League.”

Lavino Rebello, Vice President, GFA North said, “I believe that our coaches and Goan football as a whole will improve with the expertise, knowledge and training of the coaches from the KNVB. Programmes like this well develop the quality and standards of the Vedanta Women’s League.”

“I would also like to mention that women’s football in the state is developing progressively and we are gearing up for the third season of the women’s league in association with Vedanta,” Mr Rebello added.

The air around Duler Stadium in Mapusa was filled with excitement as the World Coaches Program by the Netherlands Football Federation (KNVB), kicked off on a strongly positive note. The first session of the five-day program commenced with an interactive theory class explaining about the basics of football. Further, the session progressed to the practical part of it. The program is providing one of a kind experience for over 20 coaches to further hone their skills and become a better football professional.

Mr. Raju Poulekar, one of the participant coaches from the program expressed his happiness, “We are learning some new skills and techniques of football from coach Zuurman here but apart from that we are also learning some things beyond football and about a way of life.”

Bert Zuurman, the 46-year-old Dutch football expert comes with vast experience and holds a professional UEFA B/C license along with a UEFA A Youth license. He was previously the head coach of Dutch side PEC Zwolle Women.

Bert Zuurman said, “I would like to thank everyone including GFA and Vedanta for coming with such a good initiative. We have a diversity of experienced coaches as well as newcomers in this group and I believe that apart from the knowledge imparted from our side, they will get to learn a lot from amongst themselves.”

Building on the legacy of the academy, SFA re-launched the initiative precisely two years back in 2017 with a vision to intensify efforts on youth development. The academy also roped in Spanish coach Eduard 'Xuxu' Batlle Basart (UEFA Pro Licensed) as Technical Director to emphasize on systematic and scientific training for young talent at the residential campus. He has established a philosophy that focuses upon teamwork, ball possession and playing attacking football that is pleasing to the eye.

An initiative of Sesa Goa Iron Ore (Part of the Vedanta Group), SESA Football Academy is one of the first residential academies in India. Established in 1999, with currently two running campuses, the academy has the unique distinction of developing the highest number of players for the national team, the ISL teams, the I-League teams and the Goa Pro League from the state of Goa.

The initiative also runs a community outreach program through the Vedanta Football Schools taking technical capabilities to the players and coaches of our communities in Goa. Vedanta lays particular emphasis on women’s football and launched Vedanta Women's League in 2017, providing the much-needed opportunity for the women football players of Goa to showcase their talent and create a pathway into the national and international platforms.