AFC coaching course to be part of polytechnic school curriculum

Students from Republic Polytechnic can now take the AFC ‘C’ Coaching License as part of their Diploma in Sports Coaching curriculum

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) have joined forces to offer the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘C’ Coaching License to students as part of the Diploma in Sports Coaching Course.

The coaching course was launched on Saturday by FAS vice-president Lim Kia Tong at RP, where it was announced that the 22 selected students of RP’s Diploma in Sports Coaching course will also be awarded the National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) Level One Certificate, a certification accredited by the Singapore Sports Council upon successful completion of the AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certification.

Among the participants are familiar names to local football fans such as LionsXII’s Ignatius Ang, who is currently a second-year student of RP.

“Possessing an AFC 'C'License will certainly help me both on and off the pitch,” he said.

“It will set the technical foundations for me as a player to see through the eyes of a coach. It will also give me an option to pursue coaching as a career in future. I’m delighted to be in the pioneer batch of RP students to be given this opportunity.”

Lim welcomed the development where younger people get to learn about coaching better and is hopeful for similar tie-ups in the future.

“The implementation of the AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate Course for students of Republic Polytechnic is a very important milestone and chapter in the history of the Republic Polytechnic and the Football Association of Singapore (“FAS”),” he said.

“For the first time in the long history of the AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate Course, we see the youngest cohort of participants of the ages between 18 and 22 years.

“It is very beneficial to see people being trained to be coaches from a young age as the AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate is the first step towards the AFC Pro Diploma coaching licence, which is the qualification required to coach at the elite level. It would be very interesting if all the students in this cohort obtain the AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate at these ages. They will have many years to polish up their coaching skills as they journey towards getting the AFC Pro Diploma Coaching Licence."

Lim is also convinced that having a greater number of young coaches will benefit Singapore football as a whole in the long run.

“We endeavour to increase both the number of quality coaches and strengthen our coaching development programmes,” he said.

“By strengthening our coaching development, we produce better-quality coaches who in turn will produce better players and ultimately benefit Singapore football as a whole.”