Posted on: Wed 29 Jan 2014

Coaches from Chelsea FC Soccer Schools in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia descended on Sabah earlier this month for an education course delivered by Foundation staff.

Held at our Soccer School in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the course saw 11 coaches from the island, one from Singapore, two from Kuala Lumpur, two from the Philippines and a further four from Indonesia undertake a practical and vocational course delivered by Foundation coaches Steve Winnett and Dave Stewart (pictured above, front row).

Once the participants completed the week-long course they delivered practical assessment sessions to 30 young Sabah players, with the coaches awarded the Chelsea FC Foundation Introductory Award upon passing the course.

Former Chelsea player and manager Ken Shellito (also pictured above), who is the technical director at CFCSS Sabah, will now lead his team of qualified coaches in developing grassroots football on the island with a view to have Foundation staff supporting with visits throughout the year.

Shellito believes the course will have a major benefit on coaching on the island, with the Soccer School the only major football organisation in Sabah with staff currently working with over 100 young players across the island's capital Kota Kinabalu.

'The coaching course was brilliant for Sabah allowing our coaches and other respective CFCSS coaches to learn the Chelsea FC philosophy of grassroots development,' said Shellito, who played for us from 1959 to 1969 and went on to manage the club in the 70s.

'Football has come a long way since my playing days and the new coaching techniques used by Chelsea FC Foundation are fantastic; making football fun and enjoyable while incorporating technical aspects to improve the young players.

'Having Chelsea FC certified coaches means that I can now expand the Sabah SS program, allowing more young players across this wonderful island to benefit from the Chelsea FC methodology.'

Chelsea FC Soccer School Sabah provides a structured introduction to the game and offers talented players an opportunity to further their football education in a two-tiered development system.

International technical support officer, Winnett, said: 'It's great to welcome the successful candidates to the Chelsea FC family - we look forward to working alongside the coaches on a regular basis.

'A lot of the coaches have a very strong playing background and this will help them in their coaching careers. The coaches were very open to the Chelsea way of coaching and this was evident in their sessions they delivered.'