Johannesburg - South African
coaching development was given a major boost this past week when Coca-Cola
hosted the COPA Coca-Cola Coaching Education Programme workshops together
The initiative, a partnership between COPA Coca-Cola, SASFA, the
national soccer body - SAFA and the Royal Netherlands Football Association
(KNVB) gave 30 budding grassroots football coaches the indispensable SAFA
D-Level coaching course.
With 2015 being the first running of the COPA
Coca-Cola Coaching Education Programme, a sample selection of coaches were
chosen from the Gauteng region to take part after having progressed their teams
from the 2015 COPA Coca-Cola Regional Playoffs to the COPA
Coca-Cola Provincial Finals in Gauteng.
The coaching workshops were conducted over a 5-Day period by one
of the KNVB’s best football instructors, Nico Lanbohn together with Whitey
Tshowa from SAFA. The programme was designed with the aim of furthering the
development of youth football in South Africa by equipping grassroots coaches
with essential coaching skills.
The COPA Coca-Cola Coaching Education Programme is a COPA
Coca-Cola and SASFA initiative and is a first of its kind for the COPA
It comes at a crucial time in the transition of South
African football with SAFA’s vision of accrediting at least 10 000 coaches per
year in full swing.
COPA Coca-Cola is a schools football initiative that has been
running under the auspices of the South African Football Association for the
past eight years.