Different world … (program for football coaches) Print E-mail

Education of UEFA profi-license coaches oriented on football of persons with disability. Education course with self-work of students.

Description the EGP:
Example of coach’s education, the purpose of education programme: UEFA profi-license of coaches is an education programme for future top football coaches. The programme lasts 2 years. One topic, included in modification for the Czech coaches education programme, is oriented on humanitarian activities in football. The coaches, usually former higher level football players, are use to living in a very good economic environment, in an atmosphere of best movement activities and achievements. Their knowledge about the “different” world (economy, health problems, social status, etc.) is very poor. There is a necessity to inform them about “different” environments with possibilities to participate in sports of persons with disability. Football players, coaches, youth – they are broad potential for inclusive activities, sponsorship, humanitarian activities, ambassadors position. The principle of profi-license education can be transformed to lower level of coach’s education. The programme includes specific tasks:

  • presentation of coaches former personal contacts with persons with phenomenon “the other”, experience
  • contact with centres, residential homes, sports clubs of sportsmen with disability (under advisory),
  • training in relevant, appropriate communication, sensitive data saving,
  • coaches education programme – 1 time per year (theory plus practice),
  • final report,
  • group presentation, discussion.

The characteristics of the training course

  • Who is providing:
    • Trained experts – teacher of national UEFA profi-license courses with personal practical experience in disability football panel. Responsibility – national football federation accredited by UEFA to provide this type of courses.
    • Czech-Moravian Football Federation (leader of Education Panel).
    • APA – Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University (prof. Hana Válková, former member of UEFA Grass-root // Disability Football Panel).
    • CZ Special Olympics (Hana Válková).81
  • Where it was provided: Every year as the part of UEFA profi-license study programme, from May to September.
  • Level for usage: The materials were recently prepared for Czech coaches in Czech language and environment. It is possible to use them in other countries – with language modification (with copyright of group of experts). Output of the training course is available for local – national – European level.
  • Setting: Coaches are informed about possibilities to realise their humanitarian activities in both separated and inclusive setting. Their new knowledge, skills and practical training face to face of sportsmen with disability lead to:
    • understanding the differences, contact with spectators with disability,
    • extend positive attitudes among other persons,
    • support to contact and communicate with special centres, schools, clubs,
    • support to realise parallel and/or inclusive type of humanitarian events and competitions.
  • The content of the programme:
    • Duration and schedule: 4 hours (May) – basic information, principles of practical training, Team work: to contact groups of children – persons with disability, prepare activity, events, (May–September) 3 hours: student’s presentations, feedback
    • Periodicity: once every year
    • Target group: adults: students of UEFA profi-license, former football players
    • Closing requirements: presentation of team work with documents, feedback
    • Output value: part of UEFA profi-license
  • Training programme – description:
    Training programme consists from 3 parts:
    • Introductory part (4 lectures): grassroot football and charity activities, disability football panel and humanitarian activities, football in Paralympics, Deaflympics, Blind Football, Special Olympics and UEFA Week, design and principles of Football Day (Football events – mutual contacts and visits, trainings, unified football, autographs meetings).
    • Design of presentation: management of event, position of team member, the type of group of participants with disability, photogallery, video, media inclusion, personal feedback. Team-work, teams per 4–6 profi-license students related to locality (May–September): to find available group, school, centre, club with individuals with disability, contact them, to prepare event – activity for them (mutual both football venue visits and centre facility very available), to provide documents (video, photo, DVD), to contact media and provide media documents in the locality, to provide presentation.
    • Closing part: 3 hours – presentation, feedback, evaluation.
  • Materials: teaching pack, documents provided with students
  • Competency:
    • understanding the phenomenon of “the different”,
    • principles of communication with sportsmen with different disabilities,
    • principles of football skills adaptations related to different disabilities,
    • knowledge of programmes: disability football panel, football against racism, against poverty, Special Olympics UEFA week,
    • skills to arrange and manage special or inclusive event,
    • skill to include individuals with disability in society through sports,
    • to present knowledge and attitudes in communication with media in the domain of disability,
    • to know how to present support positive public awareness,
    • to accept the role of “ambassador”,
    • skills to lead the tem in available humanitarian projects.
  • Assessment: presentation, documents of group event 82
  • Certified competency:
    • part of UEFA profi-license,
    • part of other football federation license
  • Administration: Relevant to football federation administration (admission, checking of study programme, passing the education part Different world … (programme for football coaches), tasks assessment).
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    Example of good practice was described by Hana Válková from Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic).