The maiden CAF Women’s Instructor Course for Zonal Unions has kicked off with the COSAFA Zone, breaking the grounds with their session from 5-11 March 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The aim of the six-day course is to build the capacities of female instructors within the zone and to impart their knowledge and expertise towards the development of women’s football from the grassroots to the topmost level. The other five Zonal Unions are expected to have their turns in the ensuing weeks.
Facilitated by experienced instructors including Technical and Development Committee member, Fran Hilton-Smith (South Africa), Jaqueline Shipanga (Namibia) and Sheryl Botes (South Africa), the course constitutes one of the essentials for the CAF Women’s Football Strategy, with its objective contained in the development pillars of the strategy.
“This is the first time CAF has organized a zonal women’s instructor course, and the aim is to have influential instructors who can work on developing female coaches and women’s football at the regional levels. These Instructors will form a network in the COSAFA zone to develop more coaches for the region,” said Hilton-Smith, one of the pioneers of women’s football on the continent.
Topics discussed include Profile and Role of an Instructor, Reality-based learning evaluation, Managing women’s team, Match Analyses, Team programming and Talent. The participant also attended the senior women’s friendly between South Africa and Lesotho on Thursday (9 March 2019) at the Tsakane Stadium near Johannesburg for a practical session on Match Analysis.
Deputy Coach of Zambia women’s national team, Beauty Mwamba said: “Attending this course will assist my transformation from a coach to an instructor. The knowledge and experiences exchanged on women’s football will help in the development of the game back home”.
On her part, Marie Martine Kelly from Mauritius described the course “as a huge step in my career and the promotion of women’s football in my country. It will facilitate more engagement and developing a training program for the youth to build a stronger team in future”.
The participants are from 12 Member Associations within the Southern African region namely Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.