Football Association of Malawi Technical Director Benjamin Kumwenda joined 24 other Technical Leaders from around the globe to learn more about Japan’s approach to achieving excellence as part of block two of the FIFA’s new Technical Leadership Diploma held in Chiba, Japan, between 4-9 December.
Kumwenda and his colleagues explored ‘Kaizen’, the Japanese principle of continuous improvement, during the six-day workshop that included study visits to Toyota, Sumo Training Stables and the Japanese FA.
Achieving excellence in the areas of Talent ID and Recruitment, Coach Education, National Teams, and Quality Assurance were also covered by participants who are undertaking the 18-month long course.
“There is need to involve everyone in the game. We are a team Building effective teams leads to success.,” says Alfred Gift Gunda the General Secretary Football Association of Malawi.
‘Globally recognized qualification’ for Technical Leaders
Jamie Houchen, FIFA Head of Technical Leadership said: “We were delighted to welcome Benjamin Kumwenda into block two of our new Technical Leadership Diploma in Japan this week,”
“Japan has proved to be the perfect location for block two of the Diploma and the focus on achieving excellence.
“The unique Japanese culture and tradition as well as the focus on long-term planning and total quality management allowed all participants to look at what excellence looks like in a different context. Most importantly, there has been a lot of thorough planning and consideration with regards transferring these lessons back into their own associations.”
The FIFA Technical Leadership Diploma aims to become the ‘globally recognized qualification’ for Technical Leaders working in the game and prepares participants for the distinct challenges and opportunities faced by a Technical Leader within a Member Association. Five core domain areas are covered:
- Technical Leadership
- High Performance
- Coach Education
- Amateur Football