SASCOC Coaches Commission hosts a successful Coaches Workshop

Coaches from over 67 National Federations attended the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Coaches Commission workshop that took place at the Olympic House in Johannesburg on... Read more
SASCOC Coaches Commission hosts a successful Coaches Workshop

Coaches from over 67 National Federations attended the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Coaches Commission workshop that took place at the Olympic House in Johannesburg on Saturday 5 November and some delegates joined the event virtually.

Linda Zwane, Chairperson of the Coaches Commission welcomed the delegates and explained the importance of this Coaches workshop saying, “We gather here as coaches to re-ignite and revive the vehicles meant for coaches and we have an appreciation of the challenges, which coaches are facing in their day to day lives as sports coaches.”

SASCOC took an initiative in 2011 to have a Coaching Framework as a blue print for the coaching sector; such work demanded all stakeholders to participate in a view to produce a product that would help coaches to focus on their development and career path. In that regard, the Coaches Commission undertook a process of reviving this platform as coaches were complaining about the lack of national platforms where they can discuss coaching matters amongst themselves to thrive in their trade and understand the national plan.

The SASCOC Coaches Commission plays a leading role in developing, adapting and implementing the policies at a macro level by providing clear reference points for sports coaching standards. It is the voice of sports coaches and representation of member federation coaches. The Coaches Commission strives to promote sport and sport-values, including focusing on various important aspects such as gender advocacy, safeguarding, anti-doping, gender-based violence, etc.

The President of SASCOC, Mr Barry Hendricks, expressed his excitement on the importance of such gatherings, “It is exciting to have such workshops where specialists in sport gather under one roof to share ideas on how we can improve sport coaching in the country.”

“Development of coaches means development of athletes because without coaches the Coaches Development Framework system fails. This forum will try and work with coaches to create the Coaching Framework, take the recommendations and implement them so that we take coaching in South Africa to a higher level, Mr Hendricks added.”

“SASCOC understands the trials and tribulations coaches go through and we appreciate all the work you do to develop sport in a way that administrators or technical people cannot.  Coaches are the people who grow with the athletes from primary school level to elite athletes’ level,” said Mr Hendricks.

SASCOC pledged their support to grow with the coaches through the strategic Coaches Framework. Through the Coaches Commission, SASCOC would want to create a system that avails an opportunity for coaches to grow. A collaborative approach with other SASCOC Commissions such as the High Performance, Schools, Athletes and Education commissions will create a common pathway to develop sport in South Africa.

Coaches from Tennis South Africa (TSA) and the South African Football Association (SAFA) shared the Coaching Frameworks strategies that they have implemented in their respective National Federations’ with the other delegates.  Other key role players made presentations and these included; the South African Coaching Framework by Dr Heather Morris- Eyton, International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme (ICECP) by Deputy Director of Community Engagement Initiative, University of Delaware, Dr. Matthew J. Robinson, Mental Health Management for Coaches by Dr Koketso Tsebe, Role of a coach & Safeguarding by SASCOC Board Member, Ms Kim Pople and Coaches in a Multi-coded environment by SASCOC Coaches Commission Member, Ms Kate Murray.

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