8 September 2017
Central Football Women’s Development Manager and Football Development Officer, Leon Birnie has passed the highest qualification a coach can receive within New Zealand.
Birnie is one of only five recipients nationwide to acquire the Oceania Football Confederation/New Zealand Football A License.
In order to obtain such a qualification, Birnie had to attend a series of courses over the span of two years. Part one of the course took place in Auckland over twelve days, followed by an additional year of post course work. Session planning, self-assessment, team model completion, and intensive periodization programmes are a few of the components that Birnie covered.
Part two of the course spanned over eight days, followed by video training sessions and finally, a full self-review of the session. After submitting his review to former NZF football technical director, Rob Sherman, Birnie successfully passed the OFC/NZF A License.
“It was an excellent course with a world class tutor in Rob Sherman & I’m very grateful to be part of this,” said Birnie.
Gaining such a prestigious qualification will benefit not only Birnie but also the whole of the Central Federation.
“I’m looking forward to imparting this knowledge across a number of environments throughout Central Federation as part of my development role. I would like to thank Central Football for their support and continued investment in my personal development,” he said.
Central Football CEO, John McGifford recognises Birnie’s relentless efforts.
“Central Football are delighted with Leon’s achievement in obtaining his OFC/NZF A License and congratulate him on his accomplishment. Such accreditation does not come without much hard work and commitment and it is wonderful to see that recognised. The Federation is committed to developing those working within to their highest possible levels of attainment, not only for the individual’s personal and professional development but for what it consequently offers to Central Football’s membership.”