BFC Soccer Schools Spoke To Aswitha Shetty, Who Has Been Appointed Head Coach Of The Karnataka Girls’ Team For The U19 Junior Nationals In Cuttack…
She’s the only woman coach at BFC Soccer Schools and by teaching the little ones the basics, Aswitha Shetty has earned herself the position of Head Coach of the Karnataka Girls’ Team for the U19 Junior Nationals.
“I always wanted to work with a senior girls’ team; it was always my dream to develop girls and to have them play good football. It’s a part of me wanting to give back to football what it has given me,” she says.
From the tiny tots at Soccer Schools to the ones in her U19 squad, Aswitha believes there is a common thread in coaching that links it all.
“We deal with the basics of football at Soccer Schools and it is the same with these girls. With my experience, I know how everything works and I consider it as an advantage. It is also similar in a way because I work with groups of people who are sensitive and have learned how to treat them,” Aswitha adds.
A former player herself, Ashwitha says it isn’t the easiest being the coach of a girls’ team. “The experience of being a player makes me understand the problems that they face as players. I have played under many different coaches, some of whom were very taunting, so I know the right way to treat the girls.”
Short on training sessions, she believes her team has the right set of tools to get the job done in Cuttack. “I’ve had very few sessions with the girls, but sandwiching the positives and negatives motivates them and it’s something that makes a coach more approachable and the game more enjoyable.”
Karnataka begin their Nationals campaign with a clash against Rajasthan on 28th July and then against Jharkhand on the 30th.