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Making Coaching Development A Priority

By OSA News, 06/25/14, 12:15PM EDT


As we head into the full swing of the 2014 outdoor season many coaches are looking for more opportunities to improve their skills on the sidelines.

This week, 29 like-minded coaches descended on Waterloo to take their Provincial B license with The Ontario Soccer Association.

Hosted by the Waterloo Minor Soccer Association for the second consecutive year, Waterloo’s Club Head Coach Peter Mackie believes that to improve the game education is the cornerstone.

“Encouraging and providing quality Coaching Development opportunities are vital to the game. The OSA Coaching Department has done an amazing facelift to the program in the last few years and my coaches have vastly improved and benefited from the process,” Mackie said.

Participant Chris Leko started his playing career at Dixie SC as a youth player and understands the importance of coach betterment for players

“As a player, I went through the provincial and regional program then got a scholarship which led to a professional stint in Croatia. Along the way I’ve had great coaches. To develop today’s players the coaches need to take the time and learn from the experts. We need exposure to best practice and new trends,” Leko said.

The coaches will complete the five-day course this Saturday.