Training creates a ripple effect

2018-03-14 06:00

Strong and honest leadership skills among soccer administrators is one of the most important aspects lacking in the Northern Cape’s soccer fraternity in order to empower the youth.

This has been highlighted by Randy Foster, coach of Kuruman Rovers FC, which is based in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District.

Foster was among the coaches from 52 regions affiliated with the South African Football Association (Safa) to attend the South African Breweries (SAB) League Skills Camp.

This training conference was held at the high-performance centre in Pretoria from 12 to 16 February.

The camp, hosted in partnership with Safa, was an intense training programme tailored to raise local coaches to a world-class standard.

According to Foster, the training will, however, be ineffective if the same type of education is not given to the provincial soccer administrators.

“It was one of the best courses a coach could attend. We were taught how to develop tactics, how to handle the players and how to implement lifeskills,” says Foster.

“Football is a world of its own and it can empower one’s lifestyle, but we are being halted by our administrators with their corrupt mentality. They do not even know what is happening at grassroots level.”

Foster’s wish is also for the Northern Cape government to become more active in partnering with various stakeholders and the private sector like in other provinces.

“There are endless struggles at grassroots level, especially in rural areas where there are good players.”

He suggests an increase in the number of leagues, to have at least two national division teams and one Premier Soccer League team.

As sponsors of the country’s largest grassroots football development league and South Africa’s most trusted football talent hub, SAB aims to provide coaches with invaluable skills to identify and develop the country’s future stars, as well as equip them with highly sought-after Safa D-license accreditation.

“In order to establish a progressive development league, our approach to football focuses on the holistic development of not just coaches, but players, match officials and administrators in the league,” said Nirishi Trikamjee, corporate affairs director of SAB, in a statement.

The SAB League sponsorship already spans a period of 17 years.

  • Foster started his professional football career in 2001. He played for Bloemfontein Young Tigers for five years before he joined Tembisa Classic.

Tembisa reportedly made it to the Premier Soccer League, and was sold to Maritzburg United. It was later bought by Volkswagen.

Foster eventually joined the JTG-based Kuruman Rovers.

He has coached the team for 11 years, and it has qualified for the Nedbank Cup Play-offs for three seasons in a row.

The team lost its last battle in the Nedbank play-offs in 2017 when it was beaten by Upington-based Pabalelo Chiefs.


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