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FFSA Coaches Participate in Premier Skills Coaches Training

Last month, two of our football coaches, Bulelani Mtoblea and Mziyanda Matiwane, attended the week-long Premier Skills Coaching Training Programme in Johannesburg. Sponsored by the British Council and the English Premier League, this programme aims to equip community coaches from around the world with the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective and well-trained football coach. Bule and Mzi previously attended the first round of Skills Training in Joburg back in February. 40 coaches throughout South Africa were selected to participate in this session, where they had the opportunity to earn their Level-1 Coaching Certificate. Of these 40 coaches that participated in the first round of training, 20 were chosen to participate in the second round, which included Bule and Mzi. This time, participants earned their SAFA Course D-License. As part of their training course, and in order to earn eligibility to be selected for the next round of Training Sessions, these coaches must role out coaching clinics for other adults, children with disabilities or disadvantaged kids as a way to give back to their communities and pay forward the skills they have learned through the Training Sessions they attended. The date and location of the next round of Premier Skills Coaching Sessions, which will select 10 of the previous 20 participants, has not yet been decided, though we are confident that our coaches will be amongst its participants!

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