Coach aiming high

Tersia Davids.
Tersia Davids.

Tersia Davids from Steenberg is busy kicking up a storm in the sporting world.

The 21-year-old, who matriculated from Steenberg High School in 2014, started reaching new heights on the soccer pitch for the Santos Ladies’ Football Club in Lansdowne­.

She was selected by Arsenal Football Club and WorldRemit as one of six African finalists selected for new “Future Stars” youth coaching programme.

“The whole thing has been overwhelming, because I did not expect to get this far and one of the girls in my soccer team saw a post on Instagram and asked me to enter and I did that. To come this far is a really big achievement,” says Davids.

Davids also coaches Islamia College’s women’s football team and according to Islamia College sports administrator, Fagrie Jacobs, Davids is ready to conquer the world, and students at the campus in Lansdowne are trying to help her reach the next level.

“If I can change one of their lives, it means that I am doing my job as a coach. If they are learning every day at training and we have a match and it instills what we did in practice, then for me it is me doing my job as a coach,” she adds.

After taking a gap year she studied personal training and sport conditioning at the ETA Rondebosch campus in 2016. Before joining up with Boebie Solomons and his Santos team, the industrious midfielder had stints with Milano United and Islanders FC.

“This year is my first year that I am doing coaching, because it is not something I studied for. I am a qualified personal trainer and sport conditioning trainer, but I had this long-term vision for myself that I knew I wanted to be in the sport industry and also me being a soccer player, I think that is what helps, because I have the knowledge and understanding of the game.

“To take that and be a coach myself, I did not expect to be in this position that I am in now, but I think that the girls at the school are my biggest support system, because they make me want to become a better coach,” says Davids.

During the competition, Davids won a set of Arsenal jerseys for her school by reaching the final 25 out of a list of over 700 competitors in this competition.

“Coming this far should also prove something – that women’s football should not be overlooked or get less exposure than the men. Also, I hope that I can be an inspiration to other women to say that it is more than okay, irrespective of your gender. If you want to achieve something in life then you should go for it – be it in soccer or anything,” she adds.

Outside of the competition, she hopes to grow more into the game she loves and says everything that has happened has served as a significant learning experience­.
“I am not going to say that I am the best coach among the other finalists, but this is a big learning experience. From that I can just take and move forward with what I envision myself to be one day, which is to be a well-known fitness instructor, conditioning trainer, soccer player – or now even a soccer coach.” 

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