Arsenal youth coaches Simon McManus and Kerry Green have travelled to Rwanda to lead a five-day ‘coaches-the-coaches’ football clinic in the country.
Rwandan outlet The New Times reports that the Rwanda Football Federation are hosting the two Arsenal coaches for the clinic. 50 coaches recruited from football academies around the country are congregating at the Amahoro National Stadium from Monday to Friday, to take part in theory sessions and practical sessions.
Unsurprisingly, the clinic is part of Arsenal’s partnership with Visit Rwanda. The Ministry of Sports and Culture in the country are hoping it will help them achieve their target to “establish a player and coach development pathway which allows and encourages athletes and coaches to gain experience, thereby allowing for continuous growth of technical expertise in coaching, refereeing and player development”.
In other words, they’re hoping to teach young players and coaches the necessary tools to pass on their own knowledge and experience later.
It’s an ambitious goal, but Arsenal have one of the best academies around, so if anyone can help, they can. The Gunners have a number of top young talents developing in their ranks at the moment, and they’re currently pushing for the u18 Premier League title, sitting top of the league at the time of writing.
The coaches responsible for that can surely provide some good insight. Let’s hope it’s a worthwhile trip.