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Singapore: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has kicked off the first module of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘A’ Coaching Certificate Course today at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Twenty-two coaches from Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Britain and Belgium are taking part in the course delivered by FIFA and AFC Coaching instructor Vincent Subramaniam who was assisted by Mohamed Basir and M.S. Arasu.

Subramaniam emphasised on the need of updating knowledge to keep up with football trends and thanked AFC as well as FAS for the opportunity to develop and take coaches to the next level.

Basir, who is also FAS Head of Coach Education, said: “The course is part of our continued development plans to increase the knowledge base of our coaches. At the same time, we need to impress our national development and playing philosophies into our coaching landscape for us to move forward in unison.”

All the coaches agreed that the course had been insightful and a good meeting point to exchange information and experiences between like-minded coaches.

Mohamed Noh Rahman from Singapore said: “For me, it is definitely a good opportunity to learn new methodology of coaching to improve our coaching capabilities. It is also a good chance to network with coaches from around the region.”

Ricky Nelson from Indonesia commented: “I intend to upgrade myself to be able to coach at the top level. It is good that I am here in Singapore because FAS are serious in coaches and the overall development of football.”

The first module, one of a total of four, runs from November 14 to 19, and will be followed by subsequent modules in April and September 2017.

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