PFA Football coaching this September in Ghana

We coached in two different schools in Nkawkaw, Ghana this September. The coaching was a great success with children ranging from 10 to 16 years old. We even had some girls training but they disappeared soon after the football started once the boys were a bit high-spirited in their determination. The school heads, governors and children were fabulous; they were well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the football coaching. On the third day the local stadium kindly donated their pitch for a match between the two schools.

Nkawkaw Stadium

This is the stadium, it was such a shame that in general their are very few places for the children to play football. Even like at this venue the up keeping costs are very high hence overgrown grass and general management of the pitches almost non-existent. We still had a fabulous time though. The kids mostly wore school shoes which they shared, some without laces! there were no shin pads and no basics like football nets, whistles, corner flags etc. I even had to remind the children to take onboard water to reduce dehydration. At the game one of the schools brought along the other pupils for support, they were very vocal which also created an exciting atmosphere.

Goal Just been scored!

 


Qualified PFA Football Coach Paul Conreen has been a coach for the last 7 years and has wanted to coach football in Africa since visiting South Africa a few years ago. Lymm Rovers of Cheshire, England Have kindly volunteered to donate football kit and are helping to acquire football shirts, football boots and training shoes etc, that will be handed out to the children in Ghana this September. They recently donated 2 football kits to a team in a village in Kenya (see above picture). A number of sessions have been arranged covering basic exercises, ball skills and mini-games. The focus is on having fun whilst exercising. All levels will be catered for. Cromwell JFC have also donated football kit, bibs and football boots, so a big thank you to both clubs for their support. (Picture of Paul with his team in Lymm, Cheshire called The Hyena's)