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Training for Youth Coaches

Written by H4H/S4H Intern, Daan Schoenmakers

On the 8th of April, an additional training was conducted for the 150 YDF Toolkit coaches in the Western Cape. 80 of these coaches were Soccer 4 Hope MPV’s. The training introduced the new 18 week football and life skills program that is currently being rolled out across the Western Cape.

The 18 week program was developed by Wewe Sokoyi and Jordaan Hinana from Soccer 4 Hope, with guidance from Coaching for Hope coach instructors. It came out of a need identified by the MVPs to have additional practical support, in the implementation of the YDF Toolkit. This training has helped to build on the MVPs skills, making them feel more empowered to lead a team, and through this build their self-awareness and self-esteem. The program consists of 6 modules, focussing on the progressive development of football and life skills.

The YDF Senior Youth Leader Forum, led by S4H Program Coordinator Nomawethu Sokoyi (Wewe) planned, managed and facilitated the training for the 18 week program. The training was held at two venues: the Amandla Edufootball Chris Campbell Memorial field in Khayelitsha, and Schaapkraal, the home venue of South African Homeless Street Soccer in Philippi.

Wewe Sokoyi, said: “I really think this training helped the coaches to move forward. Some of the coaches are quite young have little experience in coaching football. This 18-week program will help them to structure their trainings and improve their coaching and leadership skills.”