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Junior Coaches To Benefit From World Cup Windfall

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Wellington, Nov 24 NZPA - Junior soccer teams around New Zealand will be the first benefit from New Zealand's World Cup qualification windfall, with 3500 newly trained coaches for the 2010 winter season.

Interest in soccer is at an all-time high after the All Whites qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by beating Bahrain 1-0 in Wellington earlier this month.

New Zealand Football (NZF) said it aimed to achieve the ambitious target through free delivery of coach education to parents, and others involved at the sport's grassroots.

The coaching courses cost between $35-$50 per head last season.

NZF director of football development John Herdman said creating outstanding coaches at junior level would pay huge benefits for the sport in retaining players once they reached teenage years.

The courses, delivered by NZF-trained coach educators, form part of an overall coach development framework built on short, flexible, and player-focused coaching for all levels of the sport.

"We're aiming to build highly effective coaches right across junior, youth and senior levels because the communities are all intertwined, albeit with different demands," Herdman said.

The courses will begin in February.

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