Spreading the coaching knowledge

Antonio Conte’s qualities were in evidence for all to see last season as he led the Blues to the Premier League title and, at a recent event laid on by the Chelsea Foundation in Singapore, local coaches and school teachers from across the region were asked to identify some of the Italian’s key strengths.

The task was just one part of an interactive seminar laid on by the Chelsea Foundation at the United World Colleges, with aspiring coaches in Singapore invited along to share ideas and receive guidance and useful information in order to help them develop their skills.

The seminar formed the first part of an event which was free of charge and attended by 40 coaches and, as well as being educated about the history of the club, the guests took part in an in-depth discussion about the Chelsea coaching philosophy before completing a series of group tasks.

It was during the first of those that they were asked to identify some of the attributes which have enabled Conte, and other top Premier League managers, to enjoy such successful careers.

The groups were then asked to compile a list of the five key attributes a coach should possess, with good communication skills, the ability to man-manage and subject knowledge just some of the answers provided.

After the focus had switched to the ways in which the coaches could help develop young players on the pitch, they then went down to the training pitches where they were able to watch the Chelsea Foundation coaches in action at close quarters as they oversaw four separate sessions involving 40 youngsters, aged between eight and 15, from the Chelsea Soccer School in Singapore and Pasir Ris Secondary School.

Dave Monk, Chelsea Foundation international development officer, spoke about the overall aims of the event.

‘We’ve been working collaboratively with Active SG and Sport SG, which is the government initiative to develop grassroots football,’ he said. ‘We’ve worked with them over the last 10 days, delivering sessions to their kids, and we’ve been coming out here for the last few months to spread the word to PE teachers and grassroots football coaches who are registered to the Active SG database.

‘Essentially, the initiative was to come out and provide some grassroots workshops and it’s not just about showing them how Chelsea coach youngsters within the Foundation, but also giving them the tools to ensure they can apply that in their own roles.

‘My job, and the job of our department over the last seven years, has been to develop Asian football, but to be here as part of the club’s tour, we have the opportunity to engage on a personal level and these coaches can use what they learn at our workshops and seminars when they go back to their own clubs and schools.’

He went on to praise those coaches in attendance for their knowledge and passion.

‘I was really impressed and in terms of their development, Singapore is one of the most pioneering areas in Asia. We also delivered another session on Saturday before the team arrived.

‘I absolutely love coming to Singapore and engaging with school teachers and grassroots coaches because in the Foundation all our coaches have been in the same position. We’ve had the opportunity to access world class coaching information through Chelsea so we now want to impart some of that knowledge onto these guys.

‘We’ve been so well received and the people have been very welcoming. Hopefully the guests found it useful and they will be able to use what they learnt within their own work.’

Ian Woodroffe, Chelsea Foundation international development manager, added: ‘One key objective for the foundation while supporting the first team tour is to engage all aspects of the wider community as time allows. Through our Here to Play, Here to Stay message the Foundation aims to engage many groups of players around the tour but leave a legacy way beyond.

‘In this instance, we are sharing knowledge and information that can be used beyond the tour activities, we are also continuing to develop our physical presence here in Singapore over the coming years.’

Good vibes at our Chelsea Foundation coaching event last night! 😄 #CFCTour 🇸🇬

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