A footballer who has played in the Finnish top leagues has graduated from “a university of the sport” as an athlete. Utilising such a player’s accumulated know-how is valuable in many ways to the athlete, the sport and Finnish sports in general.
The From athlete to coach (URVA) training programme arose from the need to train athletes whose careers at the top had ended and turn them into coaches—or at least create the foundation through the studies. The training time is tailored separately for each trainee together with the sport federations.
The aim is that after completing the studies the athlete, among other things:
The studies include classroom studies, remote studies and practical coaching training. Through the six-month process, the students get a powerful package for becoming coaches.
The training is organised in cooperation with the Varala Sports Institute. Classroom periods are organised at Varala.
The content framework of the classroom periods is as follows:
1. Classroom period
2. Classroom period
3. Classroom period
4. Classroom period
Read more on the Suomen Valmentajat ry site.