Safca gets a new lease of life

2014-12-28 17:00

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The SA Football Coaches’ Association (Safca) has been around since 1992, but its relevance has sagged.

This is despite Safca being a Safa affiliate that carries two votes at the governing football body’s general elections.

Safca says it is ready to nationalise coaching in the country.

“There was no activity in the past few years because ­people who were involved were too busy and Safca didn’t achieve what the coaches expected of it,” said Safca technical adviser Ted Dumitru.

Dumitru, one of the founding members of Safca, said the association would be revived in line with international development and repositioned as a relevant coaching authority.

“We are talking about large programmes that will upgrade the level of coaching knowledge for local coaches because very few are privileged,” he said.

“Foreign coaches come to South Africa with an advantage [over the locals] because they are exposed to refresher courses and the latest coaching methods.”

Dumitru said Safca’s mandates were:

.?To address the needs of coaches for advanced knowledge by way of conducting ­refresher courses, workshops and seminars to improve the coaching syllabus; and

.?To introduce a South African football philosophy, starting with youth development, “which currently is plagued by contrasting coaching with too many wrong influences”.

These were outlined at the organisation’s technical ­symposium in August, which attracted close to 200 coaches and was attended by Safa president Danny Jordaan.

“Highly effective and advanced solutions for both ­mandates are ready for delivery, and this development was communicated to Safa through a presentation by Safca in October. The new Safa leadership under Danny Jordaan has made the difference,” Dumitru said.

He said Safca would embark on roadshows that would cover the 52 Safa regions to reach coaches in the Local Football Associations and the provinces.

There were too many contrasting coaching philosophies in South Africa, Dumitru said, and Safca had put together a national playing philosophy programme that would ­address, among other issues:

.?Player attributes;

.?The coaching syllabus;

.?Training methodologies;

.?National systems for competitions; and

.?Modern and future trends.

“Our training methodology should be based on the characteristics of SA players,” Dumitru said in closing.

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