Harare – Eighty-eight male and female football coaches from Southern Africa will be drilled by top Spanish LaLiga experts as the region strives to improve the quality of the beautiful game in this part of the world.
Seventy grassroots coaches are scheduled to undergo training on April 21 and May 5 while their professional colleagues get into class on April 28 and May 12.
LaLiga head of football programmes Juan Florit, and LaLiga senior specialist in football projects development Saúl Vázquez Chas, will conduct the masterclasses.
Spain’s LaLiga has a reputation for developing some of the world’s brightest young stars.
Now some of the people behind this decades-old tradition will be sharing their expertise with coaches from the Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) region. Coaches from Ethiopia will also participate.
The workshops are the fruit of a partnership between COSAFA and LaLiga, which was formalised last year.
The masterclasses will focus on training methodology and will shine a light on best practices in how to structure training sessions.
COSAFA secretary-general Sue Destombes said this week, “We are delighted that LaLiga will share their expertise with our coaches across the region and recognise that this is a magnificent opportunity for those taking part to learn from the very best.
“When we signed our partnership agreement with LaLiga in 2020, one of our major focusses was the development of our coaches. The quality of coaching does directly impact the calibre of players you will produce. The goal of all of us in the Southern African region is to develop world-class players in men’s and women’s football.”
She said the sessions would also touch on the preparation of squads for international competitions and the development of grassroots squads.
Marcos Pelegrin, the LaLiga Southern Africa MD said: “It is always a pleasure for LaLiga to develop projects with our partner COSAFA, focused this time on developing football for local coaches. We are extremely proud to see how our collaboration can impact football in so many countries at the same time.
“This is a milestone for both organisations, and we are looking forward to the feedback we will receive from the coaches across the region.”