Former Banyana Banyana captain and 2009 gsport Hall of Fame winner Desiree Ellis is one of the course facilitators for the fifth KNVB Coaching the Coaches Program which is currently taking place in the Western Cape until 2 October 2012. Photo: SuppliedFormer Banyana Banyana captain and 2009 gsport Hall of Fame winner Desiree Ellis is one of the course facilitators for the fifth KNVB Coaching the Coaches Program which is currently taking place in the Western Cape until 2 October 2012.

The course is an initiative of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) in conjunction with the South African Football Association (SAFA) to train women coaches throughout South Africa in 2012 – the target is 200 women coaches.

The program kicked off in March 2012 and has trained over one hundred and four (104) women coaches in four provinces – Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape.

The Western Cape leg of the course will be held in Mossel Bay and will be attended by 24 participants from the six SAFA regions within the province. The participants will be under the mentorship of Eric Whittie from the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB).

Once the course has reached completion, outstanding coaches will then be taken through the KNVB Level 1 coaching course, which is equivalent to the SAFA introductory coaching course.

Some of the KNVB course  participants have gone on to complete the CAF B Licence coaching course. These include former Banyana Banyana captain, Simphiwe Dludlu, who is also an assistant coach at the SAFA High Performance Centre in Pretoria.

Other candidates to complete the CAF B Licence include, Gae Lephalo, Leah Masango, Fikile Sithole, Constance Madima and Jabu Khumalo who has also been awarded a FIFA Goalkeeper coaching course certificate.

“This initiative will go a long way in developing women coaches and enhance the development of women’s football leagues in the country,” said Fran Hilton-Smith, SAFA Technical Director Women’s Football.

“It’s also an encouragement to see former players take an extra initiative in developing their coaching qualifications. Their playing experience will also go a long way in improving women’s football at all levels.”