The Coaching Development Programme
This programme has the following among its objectives:
- To ensure that a sufficient number of trained coaches are available for selection by clubs in the country;
- To ensure the development of Coach Educators (to train other coaches). Currently, there are eight (8) trained Coach Educators, two of whom can no longer be considered to be part of the programme due to cirscumstances beyond our control;
- To establish a skills upgrade path for our national team coaches whose formal credentials should of necessity be higher than other coaches being trained in the lower level courses;
- To establish a trained panel of selectors to identify talent for the national teams at the many inter-provincial competitions we run every year;
- To develop the Level Two and Level Three coaching syllabi to complete the triumvirate of courses that will put us on par with the best coaching development programmes in the world.
Whilst the Level One Coaching course was well-received as a step in the right direction by the general public, several concerns were raised:
- What are the selection criteria / minimum qualification standards for the course?
- Who decides on the admission of participants?
- How do we track the progress of the course’s graduates?
- How do we create opportunity for the persons we have trained?
These questions had to be answered if we were to show the long-term benefits of the courses we offer. Simply training coaches and not providing them with opportunities for employment within football made very little sense.
Football Education Department
The Football Education Department was very busy during the last three years. The Director of Coaching finalised the syllabus for the Level One Coaching Course and embarked on an extensive teaching tour of the country. The course was offered to coaches and aspirant coaches in three major urban centres. Several Introductory Coaching Seminars were also offered prior to these Level One courses to prepare candidates for the Level One course. The course was highly publicised and welcomed by many of our constituents.
However, the course did not reflect the true mission of the Association’s Football Education Department. The Football Education Department had to be the custodian of a coaching system that took into account all aspects of our objectives as an Association and by necessity had to consist of more than just a coaching development course.
It was therefore necessary for us to revisit the structure of the whole coaching department to ensure that its focus was not consumed by the development part of its mission.
We immediately restructured the department. Simultaneously, the broad objectives of the department were articulated and the appropriate support systems put in place to achieve those objectives. Such broad objectives include: