June 20, 2017
by Paul J Banta
Introduction for Global Soccer Ministries International Coaching Education Program in Lagos, Nigeria
Lawson Sampson and Wife Joy – West Africa Director for Sports Quest and Head of Lagos Coaches Association for the State of Lagos
Lawson suffered terribly as an orphan while growing up in Nigeria, at times death seemed better than life. However, God in His infinite mercy sustained him and kept him alive because His purpose for bringing him into the world was not yet accomplished. In 1990, Lawson placed his trust in Christ but was not ready to give up the ambitions he had for his life. In 1998, as a professional soccer player and businessman, Lawson’s talents took him to Eastern Europe. It was during this time that his business and the dream of a long and prosperous soccer career ended. The Lord led Lawson to Kishinev Bible Church in Moldova where Lawson began to surrender his ambitions for a deep trust in God’s plan for His life. The pastor invited Lawson to attend a local Bible study, and from that point on, he has never looked back. Lawson returned to Nigeria in 2000 and founded Crossway Evangelical Ministries Worldwide and Generational Sports International. Lawson now serves full-time with Sports Quest ministering throughout West Africa on the soccer field and in churches and bringing community transformation through sport. Lawson has a beautiful wife, Joy, and six children – Jennifer, Samuel, Overcomer, Faith, Love, and Davida.
GSM International Partners with Lawson Sampson and the Several Soccer Organizations in Lagos Nigeria
The following is being presented by Lawson Sampson and GSM International to the Lagos State FA, the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Lagos State Football Coaches Association for Football Educational Training. This program has recently been sanctioned by the Technical Director of the Nigerian Football Federation. This training will happen in September and December of 2017. Two separate Advanced GSM Football Coaching Courses will be provided and delivered by Paul J Banta – USSF A Nationally Licensed Coaching Instructor. These courses are a ‘C’ and a ‘B’ Level course and A Level 1 and A Level 2. These courses are created by Football Educator, Author, and Speaker, Paul Banta, President of Global Soccer Ministries International to help change the direction of coaches to better coach their players from the Youth through Senior Football levels. GSM Football Courses and coaching methods have been delivered to 1,000’s of coaches since 1990. Our courses are always upgraded to provide ‘Modern Coaching Methodology’ to the coaches who attend.
These courses will continue with a four-year plan to include the following:
1. Developing a plan to the Lagos State FA, the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Lagos State Football Coaches Association to develop coaches
2. Create a state (and eventually of national pool) of football coaching instructors (educators of these courses) to deliver state and national coaching licenses
3. One day in the future we hope to have the CAF adopt these course as part of the NFF football education program.
4. Create in the State of Lagos a National Center of Football Development for coaching education for West Africa. This center would be the national center for developing female and male national youth through future senior players.
5. Create a large pool of Nigerian Coaching Instructor to continue delivering football education courses for years to come.
A correct and productive way to coach and play the modern game of football needs to be considered for the Nigeria footballing society and the State of Lagos State FA, for coaches and players to develop at all ages levels. The introducing of new international standards coaching methods would yield great players rewards for the support and development of the sport of football in Nigeria and through Lagos State FA, the Lagos State Football Coaches Association, and the Lagos State Sports Commission. There is a need to tell the football world in that in the State of Lagos Nigeria and the CAF and beyond us, part of Nigeria and the football and sports industry, has a product worth knowing about and to be ready to move forward and to compete at higher standards.
Football is a game that can change the hearts of youth and senior male and female players for the State of Lagos Nigeria and accomplish a greater purpose for the potential of the future of football. Everyone in the football and sports industry must be willing to use their combined abilities and talents cooperating to create a football nation that will change the present for hope for a better future. The state of Lagos Nigeria can lead the way.
One of the great reconciliations that the State of Lagos could gain is a future hope for their state’s football coaches and players is to be with a holistic football development program within the sporting industry of Nigeria having football a centerpiece for future players to have hope in many ways.
The Starting Point Is With the Coach?
Development programs in the modern football need to be created in areas where weaknesses are present. We would suggest a new national coaching organization start off where players are taught the game, i.e., the coach, the teacher of the match. Any organization must have a designed football educational coaching plan that is established to develop their countries players in today international game. This plan should provide for many coaches to be trained at various players’ levels. This provides a path of excellent training methods for many coaches as possible. A good cooperative planning sequence provides many avenues for coaches and player development that are in cooperation with clubs, government schools, and the Lagos State FA, the Lagos State Football Associations, the Lagos State Football Coaches Association and the Lagos State Sports Commission.
The Lagos State Football Associations, the Lagos State Football Coaches Association and the Lagos State Sports Commission should want to be the leader of football development through a sound Football Coaches Educational Program for all coaches at all levels of competition. Any football organizations besides competition, funding and being a resource team must re-consider yearly their role to produce structure provide growth and development for football under their leadership and of course coaching development is massive.
International Modern Football Courses
Up-to-date football education courses need to be designed for the female and male youth player through to the senior professional player with an emphasis on what the rest of the world is doing must be sort after and requirements for each active, future younger coaches and nonactive coaches. The design must also to accommodate female coach’s development as FIFA, and the CAF may be demanding this. There is a huge need for the development of much more the female coaching football in any country where male coaches have dominated football. The realization of this may have to be corrected by each State FA in Nigeria lead by the NFF. This is going to be a FIFA requirement and must create a way to recruit women into football organizations not only as leaders at the National and State levels but to create more opportunities for female player development starting with youth players through senior players.
The second objective would be a component of supervision and evaluation of coaches by requiring their standard of knowledge be continuously developed and their efforts are appropriated in line with developing players for the match and player success in their society. Evaluation is always hard because it requires additional time. Without quality assessment, a systematic football approach will lose its football value. Based on what the State of Lagos FA, the Lagos State Football Associations, the Lagos State Football Coaches Association and the Lagos State Sports Commission wants and what the rest of the world is doing must be considered.
The invested efforts of football leadership within the Lagos FA should view this as vital to the future of Lagos State. Developing coaches and players should never regress, and the country will be able to compete with the world outside the borders of Nigeria.
With consideration for the development, a suitable coaching course structure is needed. GSM International will be sharing their concepts about football education with the State of Lagos and their FA. The starting place is a new football coaching structure to be put in place. We already have this in our coaching course. We have in this document the outline of our Advanced Level ‘C’ course. We have provided a link to our website to view ‘B,’ ‘A’ Level 1 and ‘A’ Level 2. These series of course design for coaches will be a total of 230 hours of football education in both the classroom and field sessions. We must remember that the game was made for the players and not for the coach. It is always what the well-educated coach can bring to the players that will allow for a better football industry. Our coaching education program does this. We not only teach the modern game but we teach the coach how to be a leader and mentor of their players. Our program is holistic and brings more than football to the player who in today’s world and the modern game is a necessity.
Best wishes and see you on the field in Lagos this September.
Paul J Banta – U.S.S.F. ‘A’ Coach and Coaching International Instructor