Day 6: After spending several days building a foundation and outlining the soccer program for the coming 2 weeks, today the session plans really came together. In coaching pairs, Student Coaches presented their session plans to the rest to the group. The sessions are divided into 2 sections, a technical and a thematic session. The technical sessions will focus on a progression of basic soccer skills, and judging by what we have seen so far, our Bolivian participants are in very good hands. The thematic sessions are match based, with rules introduced to highlight the various life skills and values that can be learned through soccer, as developed by our Students Coaches earlier in the week.
Away from the planning side, Wednesday night was spent learning various Bolivian dances, see the photo below. We were also challenged to an indoor 5 v 5 soccer match by the La Paz Women’s Selection, an impressive team who are preparing for next month’s national championships. Since the Students Coaches have all acclimatized well and are showing impressive fitness in training (especially given the altitude!) Coach Heather accepted the challenge. The match is set for Monday evening…….
Tomorrow we head up to El Ato to visit two schools and meet some of the young women who will be participating next week.
|Training: Altitude adjustment going well!|
|Wednesday night dance class|