Coaches Across Continents (CAC) uplifted local football coaches by teaching football and life skills at a successful sport workshop from 11 to 15 February at Emthonjeni in Zandspruit.
Coaches Across Continents (CAC) is a global NGO which works with corporations, governments, foundations, and community based organizations in different continents. Their aim is to create legacies based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Football coaches and players attended the workshop alongside community members to discuss issues related to football and social life. Coaches Across Continents awarded everyone who attended the workshop.
“We enjoyed the workshop facilitated by Markus Bensch about football and life skills,” said the founder of Football Without Borders (FWB) Michael Mapfunde. “It was all about how to use football games as educational tools to address UN Social Development Goals.”
One of the interesting themes was dealing with gender inequality in football, Mapfunde said. “We managed to get about 6 women to participate in the workshop. Some of them were soccer players and have the desire to start a women’s soccer club in Zandspruit. We also touched on areas such as drug abuse, health education and conflict resolution”
The workshop equips young coaches to use football as a tool to engage young kids on various social issues that affect them, Mapfunde said.
Golden Drifters deputy president Peter Fanie Dlamini, who also attended the workshop, said the football seminar would have positive impact especially to the young soccer players.
“The youngsters were also taught how to build mutual relationships with the adults,” Dlamini said. “This will help them to seek advice from the adults about the issues they always shy away from talking about, for example drugs. We are very thankful for the teachings we received at the workshop. It will bring change in local communities.” .fP���