USA instructors conduct top level coaching course in Kenya

USA instructors conduct top level coaching course in Kenya

USA instructors conduct top level coaching course in Kenya

Over 40 local soccer coaches this week benefited from a high level coaching course at the Word of Life School in Kabete conducted by a group of trainers from the USA. Majority of the local coaches  were drawn from across Nairobi. Nakuru, Kisumu, Mwingi and Nyeri  were also represented during this year’s training.

From the training, 20 of the coaches have been selected to get  advanced coaching under the USSSF coaching module.

The delegation is led by Chris Milhous who is making his second visit for such a mission in the country. Milhous is a Deacon at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia USA and a business executive at Advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church sends mission teams to Kenya every year, for different courses ranging from Sports Ministry, Women's Ministry to supporting orphanages. 

He played American Football  and Baseball at Bucknell University and has a passion for all sports and their ability to reach kids for the purposes of transformation and for the kingdom of God.  

Milhous says his main objective is to see a whole new lot of coaches who can help nurture an all round player who meets societal obligations.

“I am praying that our coming to Kenya will bring about a whole new crop of coaches who are God fearing with whole new approach to training from the traditional one. So far I am impressed with the effort put by the trainers in the days we have been with them.” He said .

Leading the technical training team is coach Chad Liddle  who is a Director of Darlington Soccer Academy, Rome, GA USA. Chad  Played at Berry College and professionally in the US and in Trinidad and Tobago.  He holds a Class A license in the USA (highest there is)  He is a U.S. Soccer National Instructor; Staff; U.S. Soccer National Teams Goalkeeping Staff; U.S. Region III ODP Staff, International Sports Coalition - Coaching Instructor.  

“Mine is to teach the coaches on the basics of  being a good goal keeper. We have been doing a lot of theories with the coaches responding well to them. I hope they will be able to pass the skills to their team.” Added  the Coach Liddle whose making a second trip to Kenya.

Others in the coach/ training exercise are, Mark MacKain  who is a Director of Coaching, Atlanta Fire United, Atlanta GA.  He has been on the US Club Soccer Board of Directors. He holds a Class A license.  and played professionally in the NASL and MISL.  This is Coach MacKain's first trip to Kenya.

And finally there is coach Nick MacKain who  Graduated from playing at Furman University in the USA.  Has since played professionally for the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Charlotte Eagles.  This is Nick's first trip to Kenya.

 The five day training course comes to a closure on Friday with the 40 coaches expected to conduct a kid’s clinic at the Nairobi’s Jericho region on Saturday.

Football Kenya Federation chairman of the technical committee Elly Mukolwe attended the training on Thursday.Mukolwe said the federation will give support to organizations working towards uplifting the standards of the game in the country.

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