Shillong, October 10: Meghalaya Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith M Sangma today inaugurated the Coaches Clinic at Indoor Sports Hall, JN Complex, Polo, Shillong. The Coaches Clinic is meant for the training of grassroot coaches who will be manning the grassroot centres under the Mission Football.
Addressing the gathering, Sangma said that Coaches Clinic is one of the key components of the Mission Football. He also informed that 88 coaches were shortlisted to be given a course in the two-day clinic where they will be sensitized on the basics of training which will help them in training the young football enthusiast who are between the age of 6-12 years. He also said that coaches need to have enough patience while attending to that age group and appealed the coaches to know the mindset and psychology of the trainees to help them in inculcating a positive mindset and strong determination to overcome challenges and help them to move forward with dedication.
MW Nongbri, Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, in her speech said that the objective of Coaches Clinic is to ensure that players are not only groomed and trained to compete in the State level competitions but also in the National and International arena. She appealed the coaches who were selected for the programme to take advantage of the clinic, to bring out the best from the budding football players.
During the programme, the Chief Guest also distributed backpacks to the coaches who were shortlisted for the clinic. Earlier, Junior Football Coach, East Khasi Hills District, BL Nongbet gave a presentation on “Grassroot Football in Meghalaya”. Working President, MSOA, John F Kharshiing, Deputy Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Deparment, JR Marak, DSO, West Jaintia Hills District, H Shangpliang and Vice President, Meghalaya Football Association, B Diengdoh were among others present at the function.