Foot­ball re­fresher course

Post - - Sport - - Staff Reporter

THE South African Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion (SAFCA) has resched­uled its Max­i­mal Train­ing Youth Re­fresher Course (MTYRC) to Novem­ber 17-19 at the Jo­han­nes­burg Sta­dium in Doorn­fontein.

The course was post­poned from last week­end to en­able coaches to sup­port South Africa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fier against Sene­gal.

MTYRC com­prises ad­vanced the­ory and aer­o­bic ball work prac­ti­cals from 8am to 5pm each day. SAFCA’s high per­for­mance head, Sudesh Singh, says the course will help coaches un­der­stand the sci­ence be­hind Max­i­mal Train­ing, a coach­ing con­cept for­mu­lated by the late Ted Du­mitru.

“In the three days coaches will un­pack the prin­ci­ples and de­vel­op­men­tal tar­gets for the youth, with a spe­cific, but not lim­ited, fo­cus on en­sur­ing con­tin­u­ous pos­i­tive brain ac­ti­va­tion and stim­u­la­tion through­out the process of coach­ing and train­ing. We will also ex­plore how ex­er­cise con­tent re­flects the multi-fac­tor di­ver­sity of foot­ball, and look into spe­cific ex­er­cise struc­tures for de­vel­op­ing the ‘weaker’ leg,” said the for­mer Mamelodi Sun­downs chief scout who has also worked in Asia.

The course will in­clude sub­jects such as dy­namic learn­ing through un­lim­ited ball touches as a key el­e­ment in de­vel­op­ing ‘ball feel­ing’ and a full scale of tech­ni­cal el­e­ments; per­cep­tive abil­i­ties - ba­sic and 3-D - in­volv­ing con­cen­tra­tion and de­vel­op­ment of dis­tribu­tive at­ten­tion; built-in op­tions and vari­a­tions in ex­er­cise con­tent and small games; and ad­dress­ing in­di­vid­u­al­ity be­fore team ob­jec­tives.

SAFCA‘s in­terim chair­man, Au­gusto Pala­cios, said the coun­try­wide de­mand for youth-cen­tred coach­ing cour­ses was noted and plans were un­der­way to de­velop a 2018 pro­gramme.

The course fee is R900, and par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a course cer­tifi­cate, doc­u­men­ta­tion, and a SAFCA t-shirt and cap. Meals are in­cluded.

For reg­is­tra­tion de­tails con­tact SAFCA sec­re­tary gen­eral Thuso Tsha­bal­ala on 0795223971 or email

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