The South African Football Association (SAFA) has launched a Level 3 Pro Licence Coaching course, which carries the highest coaching qualification in the country.
The Course prepares the participants to work professionally at the highest level in football as coaches, instructors or youth & academy directors.
The course will be spread over 63 days, taken in six phases with different content and topics.
Phase 1 from 7-16 March 2011 (Tactical Training and Modern Match Analysis);
Phase 2 from 4-13 April 2011 (Match to training Analysis)
Phase 3 from 9-17 May 2011 (Physical training and Sports Science)
Phase 4 from 27 May-5 June 2011 (Psychology and football training – mental skill
Phase 5 from 17 June-26 June 2011 (Pedagogics – teaching as an instructor, Youth
Phase 6 from 2-14 July 2011 (Examination and closure)
The participants will also be trained in the use of modern technology in their
SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani believes the course will stand local coaches in good stead when they meet their international counterparts.
“We are proud to be launching this course. As an Association, this is in line with the Development that we are talking about all the time. We have been developing players to perform better at the highest level, and in this instance, the coaches
get to undergo a comprehensive high-level coaching construct. We have five local coaches among the top ten positions on the Premier Soccer League table, and they need to be congratulated. Clearly our coaches are doing well and a Level 3 course of this nature will enhance the vast knowledge they have for the good of the country,”
Almost sixty (60) applications were received from interested participants. To be admitted to the course, forty-four (44) applicants had to go through an Aptitude and Selection Test at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria. All participants have already acquired a SAFA Level 2 Coaching Certificate or an equivalent international qualification (e.g. UEFA A).
Thirty five (35) participants have been selected to take part in the course and these include SAFA National team coaches, PSL coaches, and assistant coaches.
Among them are Shakes Mashaba, Thomas Madigage, Steve Kompela, Neil Tovey, Doctor Khumalo,Farouk Khan and Manqoba Mngqithi.
SAFA Technical Director Serame Letsoaka, Bafana Bafana Head Coach Pitso Mosimane as well as CAF and FIFA Instructor in Women’s Football Fran Hilton Smith, are also taking part in the course with a special double role as “Participating Officials”.
“They will be delivering some lectures during the course, and will also be sitting as participants. This is mainly to ensure that they obtain the highest Football Coaching Qualification in the country, and that they impart to others their already existing expertise in the field of coaching. Also as part of the legacy between SAFA and the DFB (German Football Federation), we want this course to be run by locals in future,” said Michael Nees, Director of the SAFA Coaching Education Department.
Other instructors will be from CAF and FIFA so that the course will receive
appropriate international accreditation. German Horst Kriete will be available for the first phase of the course.