TN STATE Deliver the CCA Level One Diploma

The TN State Soccer Association has greatly benefitted from our partnership with Darren Laver and the VDOC especially in the provision of the Creative Coaching Academy level 1 courses we have run this year. In its inaugural year we applied for a matching grant from the US Soccer Foundation’s Innovate to Grow fund as we invested heavily in grassroots coaching education especially at the recreational level in Tennessee.

With the largest group of TSSA members being players at the recreational level we felt this program would benefit the greatest number of coaches by increasing their education and knowledge of the game and allowing them to take this information back to their teams in their sometimes underserved communities and apply it with their players

Currently we have run over 15 courses and certified over 500 coaches as CCA diploma level 1 coaches with more to follow as we look to schedule more courses for recreational clubs before the start of their Fall season. The 3-4 hour classes have been well received by the candidates giving them an insight to a philosophy and coaching methodology that is player centric and helping them with ideas on implementation both on and off the field. “The response has been terrific,” State Director of Coaching Andy Poklad exclaimed. “You just have to see the newfound confidence and understanding coaches have on completion of the course as we hand them a certificate and a 25 Small sided games book to take with them back to their clubs.”

Poklad went on to say,” you don’t just have to take my word for it. We receive multiple emails after courses from coaches excited about the prospect of implementing a newfound understanding of this games led, player centered approach to coaching.” Comments included;

I’ve done at least 7 different coaching courses and licensures This course however, was by far my favorite. Everything from the attitude of instruction to the incorporation of music during training was fun-focused. It was fast-paced and exciting, which was most apparent on the faces of the coaches in the course who’d never played soccer before. Alex

I greatly enjoyed the course! I thought it was both helpful but thought provoking. The course makes you think outside the box about approaches to coaching. Not sure if most people leave coaching clinics thinking wow that was fun. So nice job! (Paul J. Rivas Lane College)

Great course. I felt equipped to coach my players in a better more comprehensive way at the end of the session. Would definitely be interested in doing more levels with CCA. (Michael Lee Jackson)

I truly enjoyed the entire course. First of all, it was a reminder that coaching is teaching. Attending the Creative Soccer Coaching course reminded me how it felt to be a kid playing Futbol and how important is to nourish and encourage our young footballers to be creative and think outside, inside and around the box. I am definitely participating in the Level 2 course. Thank you, I had blast! (Briamst Castro)

Darren was able to demonstrate and give an excellent presentation. I found the methods as one of the most exciting, new age concepts of education that I have ever come across and I have been involved with teaching for 15 years. It introduced me to new philosophies and ideas that sets out an excellent educational program for developing skills for soccer and for my classroom where children love the freedom of being able to express themselves, solve the problems, and come up with new ideas. (Sydney Black)

2018-04-26T13:02:21+00:00 April 26th, 2018|News|