The International Federation of American Football organized coaches and players clinic in Guatemala and El Salvador, hosted by local federations AGFA and SAAIF, from 9th to 11th October. Clinicians Giorgio Longhi and Aitor Trabado were covering many topics for the attendees, including player safety, rules of the game, season organization as well as basic fundamentals and techniques for players of all age levels: senior, junior, youth and also women’s flag.
The clinics, which were held in these two countries of Central America, are part of the IFAF program for developing football across the world. The first of many activities began on Sunday, October the 9th, in capital of Guatemala, Guatemala City. More than 40 players of all ages were chosen to participate and ten national coaches were given the opportunity to work up close with the experts from IFAF.
The clinics continued next day and twelve coaches from Guatemala’s football academies were in attendance. Mr. Steve Agreda, head of the Salvadorian Association of American Intramural Football, also was able to join the group.
In the morning of October the 11th mr. Steve Agreda, together with mr. Diego Morales, president of Guatemala´s Federation and two IFAF experts Giorgio and Aitor, travelled to El Salvador. After their arrival, they attended the JAGUARES practice, ending in a small conference in the stands imparted by Aitor Trabado.
“It is a great honor having the chance of teaching these young athletes about our game and seeing the passion they have for taking their football to the next level,” said Giorgio Longhi from Italy.
IFAF Technical Director Aitor Trabado on this occasion said that football here is not just a team sport, but a way for many players to live a life apart from the problems they can find in the streets.
“Their coaches are not only doing the work which goes beyond building a community within American football, but also they are contributing by providing their kids a safer way of life,” concluded mr. Trabado.