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Training coaches, changing the nation


Training coaches, changing the nation

In recognition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), 6 April 2015, Grassroot Soccer, the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the SAFA Development Agency are proud to announce a new partnership.

The mission of the SAFA Development Agency is to support high impact, proven youth development interventions and talent hubs, through partnership with local schools, clubs and NGOs to use football as a platform for coaching, training, life skills and mentoring.

As a leader in the sport for development field, Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilise youth to stop the spread of HIV.

The Grassroot Soccer coach development programme grooms young leaders to become role models and leaders in their communities.

Grassroot Soccer hereby confirms its commitment to participate in the SAFA Development Agency’s new FOOTBALL+PLUS Safe-Hub initiative.

In March 2015, Grassroot Soccer launched a coach education programme for 60 life skills educators in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The programme is part of a larger partnership between the SAFA Development Agency and civil society groups working towards football and social development.

Dr Robin Petersen, CEO of the SAFA Development Agency, says, “Life skills are not a nice-to-have add-on. They are critical to SAFA's goal of sustained international success, because they're integral to the development of resilient players.”

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 23:00