Zululand Observer - Weekender

Young coaches put through their paces

- Leonard Andrews

THE SAFA uMhlathuze Local Football Associatio­n (LFA) last weekend held a D Licence coaching course at eSikhawini for coaches in and around the city.

The course was fully sponsored by the uMhlathuze Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and forms part of one of the developmen­t programmes run by the LFA.

The five-day course held at the eSikhawini library for beginner coaches, ended off with a festival for 120 children at Tisand College.

Gratitude was expressed to the Department of Sport and Recreation for funding this much needed programme and the Italian B&B in eSikhawini for accommodat­ion assistance during the course.

Instructor­s M Ndlovu and S Qwabe took the 35 coaches through an intense programme of how to conduct basic football training according to the SAFA programme.

The final day saw the coaches take 120 young kids through their paces as their final practical exams, which had children from eSikhawini, Maladela, Tehilah and Thakasani primary schools participat­ing.

More coaching clinics for junior football coaches in the area will be offered. Teachers and coaches are urged to obtain a licence in order to train children correctly.

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