Coverciano focus on coach education

The 18th UEFA Course for Coach Educators will examine ways of educating tomorrow's coaches when representatives of all UEFA's member associations meet in Coverciano, Italy.

European coach educators come together in Coverciano, Italy, next week for their latest UEFA gathering.

The 18th UEFA Course for Coach Educators will take place at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) national technical centre and coach education school between 12 and 16 April, under the theme Educating Tomorrow's Coaches.

The course is organised every two years by UEFA, as part of the invaluable work done within the coach education sector – good coach educators breed good coaches, which in turn leads to good players – with European football as a whole standing to benefit.

During this course, coach educators from UEFA's member associations will, among other things, be asked to focus on the process of developing coaching competences in realistic learning situations. Also in attendance will be the UEFA Jira Panel, which advises UEFA, UEFA associations, clubs and third parties on coach education matters, as well as contributing to the implementation of the UEFA Coaching Convention.

All member associations will be represented in Florence, underlining that UEFA's educational efforts are appreciated throughout the continent. The course will involve practical and theoretical sessions, with UEFA taking on board the views and ideas expressed by the associations' representatives within overall discussion sessions.

"The assistance of the host association is extremely valuable when it comes to the successful staging of this kind of technical event, and the professionalism and excellence of the Italian FA's technical sector is the main reason UEFA is a repeat visitor in the heart of Tuscany," says UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino in his welcome message.

"Therefore, and on behalf of the UEFA president Michel Platini and the UEFA Executive Committee, I wish to thank the Italian Football Federation, its president Giancarlo Abete, its general secretary Antonio Di Sebastiano and the whole staff of the technical sector for their enthusiastic support in the preparation of this course."