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Aaron Denkins and John Barry Nusum broaden their coaching horizons

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L to R: John Barry Nusum, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association technical director Anton Corneal and Aaron Denkins (Photograph supplied)

Aaron Denkins and John Barry Nusum recently completed a course in the Caribbean to expand their coaching horizons.

The local coaches travelled to Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month to take part in the Concacaf ‘A’ Licence course hosted by the nation’s Football Association.

The eight-day advanced course placed emphasis on trends in the modern game, match analysis, practical coaching and coaching philosophy and was conducted by coach educators from Fifa, Concacaf, the English Football Association and Brazil.

Aaron Denkins, left, and John Barry Nusum are working towards obtaining the Concacaf ‘A’ Licence certification. (Photograph supplied)

Denkins, who is head coach and technical director of Premier Division side Dandy Town, said the course was “challenging but rewarding”.

“Being in a classroom with top coaches from Jamaica, Barbados, St Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago, hearing their issues and finding solutions for our region is worth it,” he said.

Denkins, who already holds a Uefa ‘B’ Licence and serves as vice-president of the Bermuda Football Coaches Association, was motivated to do the course to help improve himself and, by extension, the game on island.

Participants of the Concacaf ‘A’ Licence course in Trinidad and Tobago pose for a group photograph (Photograph supplied)

“Any opportunity to improve football in Bermuda and improving myself as a coach is motivation enough,” he added.

It is for the same reason Nusum, who also holds a Uefa ‘B’ Licence, embarked on the course.

“It’s always about growth and education,” he said.

“Hopefully a better-educated coach can lead to better-educated players which then can lead to better-educated teams.”

The former Philadelphia KiXX striker and 2005 MISL Rookie of the Year described the course as “eye opening”.

“It’s been an opportunity to gain knowledge from people like Anton Corneal, Tony McCallum, Geraldo Delamore and Leonard Lake,” Nusum added.

“Their experience and expertise gives a different perspective on how I view the coaching lens. The finite details is where the focus is when we dive deeper into how to get the best out of our players.

“Through this I have had to reflect on how I coach and all of the areas of improvement that I need to consistently keep working on.

“Working with others from around the Caribbean has also assisted channelling my thoughts and views about coaching within a smaller country.”

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Published January 25, 2023 at 7:44 am (Updated January 25, 2023 at 7:45 am)

Aaron Denkins and John Barry Nusum broaden their coaching horizons

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