On the cold, windy morning of June 6, the coaches of the AmaTuks junior program met up to leave for Camp Discovery where a coaching forum concerned with coaching education was set to take place.
This camp was organised to create a teambuilding morale amongst the coaches and also to give them the opportunity to share information with one another. The group of coaches checked in at Camp Discovery and the forum began immediately. One of the coaches that attended was Coach Steve Barker, who warmly welcomed the team of coaches.
The first day of the forum began with the introduction of all of the coaches in the junior program. Coach Barker explained the history of the club and the club structure. He also discussed the club’s philosophy and the development pathway of players from the junior program all the way to the PSL side. The next presenter was Coach Shane Folgade who shared his experiences as a coach as well as what he learned whilst overseas. He spoke about the famous KNVB Dutch coaching course, his visits to famous football institutions such as Visit to Vitoria de Guimaraes (the second most successful youth development club in Portugal), and presented ideas on how to improve the club for future success. Many of the less experienced coaches most enjoyed hearing from a coach who has experienced how international teams train and develop their players. PSL player scout, Paul Matthews, presented the recruitment strategy for the club as well as the role of junior coaches in talent identification.
The coaches enjoyed a hearty lunch before the second session began with Coach Evangelos who explained the four pillars of youth coaching (technical, tactical, physical, and mental preparation), and long term athlete development strategies. It would not be a coaching forum without the coaches themselves practicing what they preach out on the soccer field and showing off some of their skills. The day ended off with a braai where the coaches got the chance to socialize with one another and share some of their experiences in the football industry.
On the final day of the camp there was a debriefing session where the coaches discussed a plan for the future success of the club, while remembering that it is important that the players enjoy their experience on the field, while simultaneously developing and improving.
Over the course of the camp, the coaches gained some key information that they will use to in order to help further improve our program and make TuksFootball a household name in the South African football sphere.