MFA Referees’ Instructor Alexander Arena is currently attending an FA Advanced Course at the National Football Centre, St. Georges Park, Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England after successfully completing a Foundation Course a year ago.
The seven day intensive course includes various essential topics for teaching and learning, such as preparation, planning, presentation and facilitation techniques, leading and managing groups, the power of quality feedback, the theory of practical training and the concept of coaching referees.
The course offers international participants who have a responsibility to provide referee education in their respective countries, all the information, ideas and updates on referee education and training; the theory and practice of referee education in both inside and outside activities; and enables participants to work in small groups planning and running teaching sessions, under the leadership of a group tutor. Throughout the course feedback is offered to the participants and a development plan is generated.
The other referees’ instructors attending the course come from Bulgaria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iraq, Nigeria, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles and United Arab Emirates. The participants attended the England vs Poland World Cup qualifying match at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night; and on Saturday afternoon will be watching the Premier League match Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion.
The course comes to an end with the Course Dinner on Saturday, during which a Course Summary is followed by the Presentation of Certificates.