For football to grow and reach higher levels, there's an urgent need to produce and develop more qualified coaches.
And the days for football clubs to utilize the services of unqualified coaches; should belong to the dustbin of history.
The more qualified the coach is the better he or she will be able to articulate him or herself.
A qualified coach is likely to be more able to bring the best out of players through better communication and motivational skills.
A qualified coach can also better understand if a player is going through a personal hazards; and by implication, be better position and equipped to held the the player or players troubles.
These are just some of the qualities and benefits a qualified coach can benefit players, the club and the development of football generally; and including other endeavors outside of football.
That is why it is welcome news when a group of new coaches graduates, as this will widen South Africa's football coaching capacity.
This week, the South African Football Association’s Coaching Department completed an Instructors Course.
The course had 27 participants, of which four of them women.
The course took place between 17 and 26 March 2018. It is aimed at coaches who will be turned into instructors to ensure they go out and train aspirant coaches across the country.
Some of the attendees included U17 assistant coach Vela Khumalo, former PSL player Mike Rapatsa, former U17 head coach Solly Luvhengo, Supersport United MDC coach Kwanele Kopo and Banyana Banyana goalkeeper coach Lucky Shiburi.
Frans Mogashoa, Head of Department: SAFA Coaching Education commented, “It is a course within the parameters of Vision 2022. One of the key expectations from the Coaching Education Department is to train 10-thousand coaches as a way to have one coach to 20 players – which is the perfect way to ensure quality training. For that to happen, you will need a sufficient number of instructors who will be able to train and develop coaches in terms of that vision. So we have just completed the training of 27 coaches to add to the 70 that we have already, which is still a drop in the ocean given the fact that we have the entire country to service.”
“We have two more lined up – they are divided into categories, which is to improve the current instructors and the other is in line with our vision that in each and every province we must have sufficient CAF-accredited instructors.”
All coaches in the country were invited, but only a few could make it.
“Attendees were drawn from the SAFA Pro License – all the holders from 2011/2012, without any exception, were sent an invitation. We also invited those with CAF A Licence, which had to be two years old and also those who hold a SAFA Level 2 Certificate”
The 10-day course included the following, among others:
How to facilitate; how to present; how to conduct a proper training session, and how to assess.
The coaches will have to conduct a post-course work place-related task.
This involves them assessing 10 coaches each. And analying a match and compile a report.
They also have to conduct sessions where they record the proceedings. While providing an evaluation of their own performance.
“When the participants provided the results of their assessment, we will then determine whether they are competent or not. It may sound like a difficult task but we are all in agreement that our standards need to be raised” added Mogashoa.
FIFA Instructor Serame Letsoaka, CAF Instructor Jeff Coetsee and Frans Mogashoa conducted the course.
With SAFA Technical Director Neil Tovey, and his assistant Fran Hilton-Smith, making an appearance to give a talk to the participants.