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The first AFC Professional Coaching Diploma Course to be held in South East Asia drew to a end with a closing ceremony in Singapore.

The first AFC Professional Coaching Diploma Course to be held in South East Asia ended with a closing ceremony this evening with Guest of Honour, Mr Lim Kia Tong, Vice-President of Football Association of Singapore (FAS), Chief Instructor Mr Erich Rutemoeller, participating coaches and guests in attendance at the Amara Hotel.   

FAS Technical Director, Slobodan Pavkovic, started proceedings with an opening address which emphasised on the coaches to be leaders with vision, courage and lots of determination. He also mentioned how the pro-diploma course is part of the FAS Strategic Plan to enhance the level of coaching within Singapore.

Mr Rutemoeller was up next and he mentioned how the coaches performed during the course as they each progressed through the various phases. Before ending his address, he left all the coaches present with an anecdote: “Hold the ball close to your heart."

FAS Vice-President Lim Kia Tong ended the evening’s proceedings with his speech, in which he cited FAS’ commitment in providing the best environment for local coaches to realise their potential and contribute to the continuous progress of Singapore football.  

Terry Pathmanathan, head coach of Tanjong Pagar United FC said, “We are quite fortunate to have opportunity to take part in this course in Singapore as it is highly recognised, and we learnt a lot of in-depth knowledge in Japan.   

Richard Bok, head coach of SAFFC, mentioned that this course is not only good for the S.League coaches, but also for aspiring coaches.

Speaking to, former Thailand international and current Bangkok Glass coach Surachai Jaturapattarapong felt that the course was more than just about improving on one's coaching skills.

“I learnt something new during the course, and it will help me to not only improve my coaching abilities but also to manage my team in a more professional manner.

“The most valuable aspect of the course was the session in Japan, as we observed their training methods and organizational skills. That was something new for me.”

“I do hope that there will be a higher level of coaching certification introduced in Asia so that I am able to upgrade myself further,” the former Gombak United and Home United player added.

Other graduates of the course included current Singapore national team coach Radojko Avramovic, his assistant Aide Iskandar, as well as former Singapore captain Nazri Nasir and National Football Academy Under-16 coach Dejan Glusevic.