IT IS back to school for local Premiership and national teams soccer coaches who are attending an elite refresher course being conducted by Germany instructor Eric Rutemoller in the capital. All the Premiership coaches, their assistants, national team's coaches from the Under-20 up to the senior level and women's soccer team coaches are attending the high-level course, which began yesterday in the capital.
The course is the second one to be conducted by the German expert who was here for a similar course last year.
The Premier Soccer League, who are organising the workshop together with Zifa, have secured the sponsorship from Nyaradzo Funeral Services.
Yesterday, the coaches began with a theory session before they plunged into practical lessons with Harare league clubs providing players as a demonstration group.
Each, Harare club has provided three players and all the local national team players, except for Dynamos players, are also attending the course and are being used as demonstration group.
The coaches, who will touch on areas such as introduction to practice build-up from the back, throw-ins and corner-kicks and free-kicks combinations for different opportunities, will also analyse the Sunday match between Dynamos and Highlanders at Rufaro.
Rutemoller said the coaches would be able to interact and exchange ideas as a group and at the same time refresh on things they might have forgotten.
"It feels good to be back in Zimbabwe and working with the coaches. Everyone has to keep on learning and the coaches have to watch international football, they have to follow international football because they are coaching at the highest level.
"There are no longer head coaches and assistant coaches and we are all coaches and have to share experiences.
"After a week they would have refreshed, something they might have forgotten, and also this contact as coaches, unlike on match days when they would be facing each other, will benefit them through discussions.
"The demonstration group is important and although we could do that with the coaches, they are no longer fit and it is good to have players in the practicals," said Rutemoller.
Zifa technical director, Nelson Matongerere, said the coaching clinic was part of the capacity building programmes they conduct for local coaches.
"The course is part of capacity building for coaches and we have brought in an instructor and organised a high-level course.
"It is within Zifa and Psl policies to organise such programmes and the good thing is PSL went all out and looked for sponsorship and are facilitating the programme.
"The administration have done their bit and it is now up to the coaches to go and implement when they go back to their clubs.
"The coaches will have an assessment of the game on Sunday and the coaches of Dynamos and Highlanders would be released to sit on the bench for their respective teams while the other coaches would be doing the analysis.
"The demonstration group is scheduled to play a match with a Division One side on Monday and see whether the players have got the drills and everything that was being done by the coaches would have been achieved.
"The coaches would then be issued with certificates when the programme ends on Tuesday," said Matongorere.
Warriors' coach, Dieter Klaus Pagels, said the coaches stood to benefit a lot from the sessions.
"I am really happy that we had the opportunity to bring back Rutemoller. l know he is one of the best and will educate coaches and for me it is really important that he is one instructor who can teach theory and is also good in practicals.
"To learn something in football it has to be on the pitch.
"It is a pity we have a few local national team players here. But we have the league coaches here and their players and they will go back and show their team mates what they would have learnt," said Pagels.