South Africa: Safa Development Agency Outlines Plans to Develop Coaching Educators

The SAFA Development Agency has set its priority on increasing the base of coaching educators in South Africa to see as many as 15 000 coaches throughout the Local Football Associations (LFAs) licensed by the end of the 2013.

There are currently 30 licensed coaching educators in South Africa and the vision is to increase the base of instructors to 150 to carry out this bold new plan.

The starting point is to train the present Level 3 as well as Level 2 coaches who are interested in being coaching educators.

One coach will be assigned to oversee the training two LFA's.

Last year SAFA launched its Technical Master Plan designed to rebuild the structures of football from the grassroots in order to create sustained international success for its national teams.

A key element of the plan is the ambitious goal to achieve a coach: player ratio of 1:20 in the next ten years.

This would mean licensing 15,000 coaches a year for the next ten years. "Given that since 1997 we have licensed almost 9,000 coaches, the scope of the plan is revolutionary", says Fran Hilton Smith, Acting Technical Director. "In order to achieve it, we will have to run two CAF "C" Licence courses in every one of our 311 LFAs each year, as well as one "B" Licence course in every Region, and one "A" Licence course in every Province" she added. "This is a big task but we must set goals and try to achieve them. For this to happen, we need more coach educators as at present we only have 30. This is where the Level 3 and 2 coaches come in- to be trained as educators in their regions."

"This will give us the necessary number of coaches that we require to achieve the levels of international success that we aspire to" says Dennis Mumble, Acting CEO of SAFA. The newly formed SAFA Development Agency will be assisting SAFA to set up the necessary project plans for this roll-out, as well as to raise the necessary funding to make it possible.

SAFA Development Agency CEO, Dr Robin Petersen, says that each one of these coaches to be trained will also be trained as a Life Skills Educator, as it is scientifically demonstrated that all-round coaching is necessary to create successful teams. "Having these coaches as life-skills educators will also give us a network of trained people to get across crucial social programmes in health, gender, skills development, leadership formation and other key issues" says Petersen.

There will be no cost to the willing candidates but they will be remunerated for their efforts.

Coaches will be communicated with to see who is interested in taking up this opportunity or they can contact Ms Christina Phafane in the Coach Education department.

Email: Phafanec@safa.net

Fax: 011 494 2034

Fax-to-email: 0866807917

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