Friday, 24 October 2008 3:58 PM

Female Soccer Coach Attends Elite Coaching Course in New Zealand

Diane Justus has added another milestone to the development of women's soccer in the Solomon Islands.

Diane, an inspirational figure to young girls aspiring to play soccer in the Solomon Islands, left this morning for Auckland, New Zealand. She will be attending the 'Federation International Football Association, Oceania Football Confederation Elite Women's Coaching Course.'

The course, which kicks off from 26th October to 6th November 2008, will take place at the Millennium Institute of Health and Sports.

The course is divided into two parts namely theory and practice, as one of the requirements in the theory session the participants will do a match analysis on nine matches in the FIFA under 17 Women's World Cup in Auckland and Hamilton.

In the practical session, all participants will have an opportunity to work with a school girl's team and an U19 women's team.

About 35 participants from the member associations in the Oceania Football Confederation will take part in the advance level course.

As the only female participant representing Solomon Islands Football Federation Diane said that "this opportunity is a vital step in the development of the code of women's' coaching."

"It is my first time to attend a coaching course overseas at this level and I know that I will gain new insights and knowledge of the game to improve my coaching career."