Letlhakeng — With the aim of improving volleyball from the grassroots level, Letlhakeng Sub-district hosted a three-day coaching clinic.
The coaching clinic, which was aimed at empowering volleyball coaches, was hosted by the Ministry of Youth Empowerment; Sport and Culture Development.
Twenty-five participants who included coaches, technical personnel from different teams and sport volunteers from the sub district took part in the coaching course.
Stating the objectives of the course, Letlhakeng Sub-district coordinator in the ministry, Felicity Nyoni said they realised that they had to partner with volleyball experts so that they could assist in developing the sport in the area.
"We have different teams in our sub-district, but they are faced with lack of knowledge of the sport. Constituency tournaments are fast approaching and we needed to have the coaches empowered so that they can assist their teams to perform well in the tournament," she said.
Nyoni further revealed that the main objective of the workshop was for the volleyball experts to equip the local coaches and players about the basic coaching skills of the sport. She also said that they wanted the coaches and players to share skills and experiences about the sporting code so that they could get diverse information and knowledge.
The MYSC office partnered with Kalavango coaches, Isaac Thengelani and Tony Orapeleng to empower the participants. Thengelani explained that during the three days he ensured that he shared as much as he could with participants.
"Topics such as basic coaching skills, dynamics of volleyball, behaviour of the coach, how to deal with players were covered along with other important areas of the sporting code.
Practicals are also inclusive in the course. This course is mainly to share ideas, experiences and improve on what the participants already had," he said. Thengelani also stated that as a volleyball coach he took pride in such workshops as they worked towards taking volleyball to greater higher in the country.
Amos Lemeno, head coach of Salajwe Hotsparks, revealed in an interview that the coaching clinic came at the right time as they were about to compete in the constituency games.
"Whatever I learnt in this workshop will be very useful to me as a coach and my team. I will make sure I share all I have learnt here with my colleagues all in the name of developing the sport in our region.
We need such workshops from time to time in our areas as they will sharpen us as individuals and teams since we want to improve volleyball in our country" said Mr Lemeno. The course was run under the theme "Grassroot sport development, a vehicle towards unearthing raw talent".