The FIFA/Bhutan FF Women’s Fitness Coaches Workshop
The FIFA/Bhutan Football Federation Women’s Coaches Fitness Workshop kicked off on 21st November and ended on 24th November, 2022 which was held at Changjiji Football Ground. A three-day workshop is led by the FIFA consultant Mark Arnot. The workshop is part of the coach capacity building support from FIFA under the League Development project in their women’s development programs under the LD Project for building the capacity of coaches. A total of 23 participants attended the workshop who were the head coaches of the women’s clubs in the country and academy coaches of Thimphu and Gelephu.
The workshop focused on women’s health, attitude, the importance of player profiling and long term athlete development. This workshop also laid the foundation for the coaches to further explore various fitness training specific to football in the country.
“Fitness is an important competent and likewise it would benefit our coaches in taking the women’s game further ahead. Overall, the workshop was really great. It was very thorough for a 3-day workshop. We learned so much but also had fun.”- Physiotherapist, Gelephu Girl’s Academy
“It was an absolute privilege to work with the Bhutanese coaches over the last 3 days at theFIFA workshop.
We focused on some key areas, including player profiling, women’s health and the ltad model.
The coaches passion for women’s football was evident in their questioning and commitment to the workshop.” – Mark Arnot, FIFA Consultant
“In collaboration with the Coach of Education division, we felt that our coaches could benefit immensely from gaining insights into fitness training specific to football.We are very content with the knowledge we gained from the workshop. We must now make sure that we implement what we have gained from the workshop. I was really proud and happy to see our male counterparts take immense interest in the women’s health topic. If I am not wrong, this workshop was the first time the topic was ever discussed in coach education. It was nice to see they were very comfortable discussing the topic.” – Pema C. Tshering
This workshop is the first time ever in Bhutan that the coaches were introduced to Women’s Health and its relation to athlete’s performance of which this new knowledge and understanding can only help improve the women’s game. The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and most of the participants looking forward to a similar workshop in the future.