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How we became coaches


How we became coaches

Coaches from the Kicking Aids Out! (KAO) Network share their journeys into coaching and challenges they have faced along the way.



Many coaches report that their interest was sparked at a young age, through early opportunities at school. As Janet from Moving the Goalposts Kilifi (MTGK) says:



I started playing football when I was 5 years' old. I played ball games in primary school and, at times, the games teacher gave me the opportunity to lead others in practice in his absence.

Juspa from CHRISC Uganda also recalls a time when he was required to step in for his school coach:

Since then I have never looked back in terms of coaching; the passion and interest I picked up has propelled me to different levels of basic coaching at organisational level.’

The coaches we spoke to at CHRISC and Moving the Goalposts made their progression in a number of ways. Their basic training was supported by their employers, or sometimes through organisations such as Adidas and the British Council. Yet coaches in East Africa can face a number of challenges in advancing in their careers. These include finding opportunities to develop additional skills and gaining greater recognition by sports federations and the general public. As Juspa says:

One problem is the perception and attitude people have of a coach like me who has not gone far with formal coaching courses.

Coaches frequently mention the lack of opportunities for development. As Juspa highlights, ‘If there is a chance, we need more coaching courses here in our community to build our capacity.’ Kea from CHRISC Kenya adds, ‘We just need the development of our coaching career from one level to the other and to be recognised.

The main focus for EACCES is to recognise and support the ongoing development of the region’s coaches in a sustained way. Existing training won’t be duplicated, but the system will highlight what training is appropriate for those at all levels across east and central Africa.


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Paul Hunt


Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 23:00