Bolton to coach youngsters

Another major soccer outfit will head towards Dubai to open a coaching programme for upcoming talent in the region.

By Moni Mathews

Published: Fri 22 Mar 2013, 11:59 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:06 AM

English Premier League team Bolton Wanderers FC (BWFC) confirmed they will be delivering an innovative coaching programme that uses soccer as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people in the UAE, in Dubai from March 30 to April 4, a release on behalf of the club stated on Thursday evening. The venue and timings for the sessions are: The GEMS World Academy, Dubai, from 9am to 6pm.

Registration for the free programme can be done through E-sports at the following link:

James Tucker, Director of Education, Bolton Wanderers Football Club (BWFC) said he was pleased with the overwhelming response from UAE youth to engage in the programme, making the UAE a perfect candidate to play a more strategic role in the promotion of soccer as a tool to boost youth skills.

Paul Makinson, BWFC Head Coach on this training programme, said: “The Coaching Award has been designed to provide an introductory insight into Community Coaching within football using the best of Premier League coaching materials.

“Participants passing the programme will receive a BTEC qualification and a certificate of attendance. The programme, which combines practical sessions and classroom workshops, is a community charity event which offers an ideal opportunity for organisations to sponsor it.”

Phil Gartside, BWFC chairman said: “This programme uses the global pulling power of football as a tool for the development of wider skills and community development. It builds upon research that shows there is a high demand worldwide for community coaching and leadership development through sport.”

The Premier League is supporting the project in the form of a grant to the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust from its International Small Grants Fund (ISGF). This allows for young soccer coaches to embark on this course at no cost. “It’s a free programme and students gain a BTEC L1 Coaching Award qualification. There are a few places left and there is a rush to register in the programme,” Tucker added.

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