Following on the success of its first two editions, the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) and LaLiga are set to commence the third edition of the NPFL-LaLiga annual coaching clinic.
The five-day clinic will host approximately 100 youth coaches and will hold at the National Stadium, Abuja from Monday, January 21 to Friday, January 25, 2019.
The coaching clinic, which will also feature the NPFL U-15 Promises Tournament, is meant to train youth coaches on how to accurately develop young talents using the LaLiga modus operandi.
The content of the clinic will be framed within a level 3 syllabus where coaches will learn more complex and technical aspects of LaLiga’s method as a continuation of levels 1 and 2 training from the previous editions.
LaLiga Sports Project Coordinator, Juan Zapata spoke about LaLiga projects in Nigeria and said, “The first two editions of the clinic were highly successful and we are once again thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the LaLiga methodology across Nigeria and Africa with the third edition of the clinic.
“We are committed to each of our projects across Africa, and sending LaLiga coaching instructors to again train the youth coaches in Nigeria aims to further show our commitment to the development of football in the country”.
Assistant coach of the Nigerian U-17 National team, Bunmi Haruna also commented on the initiative saying: “Last year’s edition of the coaching clinic was very impactful. We were exposed to the Spanish methodology for training players.
“The Spanish model is indeed unique and very technical, and I am grateful to the NPFL and to LaLiga for giving me the opportunity once again to better my skills as a coach”.
Since the NPFL-LaLiga partnership was signed in 2016, a number of exchange projects between the two leagues have been recorded, including a tour of Spain by an NPFL All-Star team, and the opening of the LaLiga Nigeria office in Abuja.