Coaches in South Africa are set to benefit from Scottish FA teaching all the way into 2016 after an agreement with Cape Town based football academy ONE10SPORT.
Football Development Manager, Donald Gillies, travelled to ONE10SPORT earlier this year to begin the process of introducing the Scottish FA’s philosophy on coach education. After a successful three-day visit – in which 13 coaches achieved qualifications – a pathway has now been put in place for those same coaches to progress through to the Scottish FA C-Licence.
Founder of ONE10SPORT, Justin Behrens said: "After years of wanting to complete coaching levels with a quality European football association, I eventually made contact with the Scottish FA in 2014, listing ONE10SPORT’s ambitions and plans for the possible visit to South Africa.
“ONE10SPORT’s proposal had been sent and within a day, Donald Gillies from the Scottish FA had responded with incredible news: the Scottish FA was excited about the prospect of delivering their coach education in South Africa. This was a massive break through, not only for ONE10SPORT, but South African football as a whole.
“Donald and the Scottish Football Association went out of their way to make the proposed visit possible and were incredible to work with throughout the planning stages of the visit, as well as throughout the duration of the courses held in Cape Town.”
Football Development Manager, Donald Gillies, established the project with Justin and is excited to see more people given the opportunity to learn.
Donald said: "It was a fantastic experience in April to deliver to the coaches. They were of a very high standard working in prominent clubs and universities in the region. To continue their journey in coach education is an excellent opportunity for all involved. We have been working to build a relationship with SAFA and we hope to learn more about how the game works in the country and anywhere else we can add our support".
Beginning in September, the project will continue through 2015 into 2016 where others across the country will have the chance to access the provision.