Panaji, 08th September 2019: Goan coach Caetano Pinho is the only Indian coach to have got selected for the upcoming 16th International Coaches Course (ICC) in Lebanon after his stellar performance at KNVB World Coaches Introductory and Life Skills course – an initiative of Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore in collaboration with the Goa Football Association (GFA) held at Duler Stadium in June earlier this year.
ICC is an advanced football coaching course designed by the KNVB Academy and is comparable to the UEFA B- (basic) course, with some elements of A-(Advanced) and pro-level. The previous editions of the International Coaching Courses (1999 through 2013) have attracted over 400 coaches from 73 countries. Dutch instructor Bert Zuurman was at the helm of the program tracked Pinho’s performance and recommended him to qualify for
Sauvick Mazumdar, CEO, Vedanta Sesa iron Ore Business said, “It is a big achievement for Indian football and we, at Vedanta are happy to be instrumental in facilitating Caetano Pinto secure this elite invitation. Apart from upgradation of his coaching skills to an International level, it is also a huge responsibility on him to disseminate the skills further down to the young players in India when he is back. Programs and initiatives like these will improve the quality of coaching and help in the overall development of the game.”
The World Coaches programme was undertaken with the larger view of developing football in the state of Goa and India. The theme of the workshop was ‘Water’ and ‘Waste’. It also aimed to disseminate information about the social issues pertaining to Goa and tried to
combine football with life skills through this programme. 30 coaches had participated in the workshop that was spearheaded by Dutch Football expert Bert Zuurman, who recommended Caetano Pinho for the next level coaching course after seeing his good performance during the workshop. The program was aimed to equip the football league coaches with advanced
skills and 5 days of theoretical as well as practical exposure.
Lavino Rebello Vice President, GFA North said, “I would like to congratulate the coach as well as the organizing team – Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore and Goa Football Association who have been instrumental in bringing KNVB to India. It provides a significant impetus to the
football fraternity and we hope such collaborations help improve the quality of coaching and development of Goan football.”
An elated Caetano Pinho said, “I am thankful to Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore and Goa Football Association for bringing KNVB to India and accommodating me in the course. It allowed me to showcase my skills at a global platform. I will make the most out of the opportunity by grasping as much knowledge as I can from the course in Lebanon.”
This edition of the ICC will be the first to be organized outside of the Netherlands and will take place from 17th October to 27th October 2019 in the middle-eastern country.