Nceba Jonas had been the sole coach at Ukhanyo for 14 years when Vince van der Bijl first visited the school. He took every class for PT every day and coached netball. From their first meeting, Nceba said that developing coaches was the priority. Facilities would come later.
Nceba mentioned that he felt vulnerable as he had no official coaching certification. Our journey of empowering coaches began.
Cool Play ran life-skills workshops training for our coaches and played a key role in their development. Our top four coaches completed two online sports management courses over 18 months at eta (Exercise Training Academy).
Ten Ukhanyo coaches and staff passed the KFC mini-cricket coaching course. Twenty-four soccer coaches from the valley passed the English Premier League level one coaching course.
Fez Payi and Pam Ngcwana, two netball coaches, are about to complete their two-year ECD online teaching diploma. “I never dreamt that I would be a qualified teacher; thank you MasiSports,” Fez shared.
Twelve coaches from the Ukhanyo staff body and a similar number from Masi High volunteered to coach after school. We are so grateful for their participation to develop a firm sports culture.
By late 2018 all staff members joined the PT lessons and participated in them every day. That showed every learner how much the educators valued exercise, sport and recreation activities.
MasiSports strive to empower coaches to be independent decision makers. The Headmasters and staff with Nceba Jonas and Teddy Nyali run and manage the sports programme at both schools. Nceba and Teddy are empowered to lead, strategize and manage the programme.