The 2021 edition of the NPFL/LaLiga U15 coaching seminar will hold virtually on Tuesday, 23rd and Thursday, 25th February 2020.
This year’s seminar will be facilitated by LaLiga’s Head of Football Projects, Juan Florit, and Coaching instructor,Carlos Casal.
Speaking on the seminar, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Malam Shehu Dikko said capacity development is a continuous process, and the LMC is committed to ensuring that coaches who are saddled with the responsibility of developing future players are properly trained.
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“We are very particular about the quality of youngsters our clubs are producing, hence the need for their coaches to be properly trained, which are achieving through our partnership with LaLiga. Some of the coaches who attended past editions of this seminar are now national team coaches, while three of the players from the current U17 team, including the captain, are from our U15 programme. We believe this programme will continue to improve the quality of coaches at the grassroots which will translate into development of better players for our clubs, and by extension, the country’.
Also speaking, LaLiga Global Network delegate to Nigeria, Desmond reiterated LaLiga’s commitment to the development of football in Nigeria. “The U15 project is the most important project for us in Nigeria, this is the fifth edition and we have trained over 400 youth coaches and over 900 kids have played in the main tournament. We will continue to play our part to aid the development of football in Nigeria through our partnership with the LMC and our other strategic partners.”
The coaching seminar which serves was a precursor to the main U15 Promises tournament has seen over 400 youth coaches trained since its inception in 2017, with this year’s edition being virtual due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.