The curtain came down on the five gruelling days of practical and theoretical components of the FIVB Coaches Course Level 1 in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 10 June with a closing ceremony at which successful candidates were presented with their internationally accredited coaches’ qualification.

While the VSA President, Mr.Anthony Mokoena was very complimentary on the achievements of the successfully coaches who attained a 98% pass rate, he alerted them to their responsibility of applying their newly acquired coaching skills at the level of clubs, districts, schools and the province. Mr.Mokoena added that coaches need to acquaint themselves with the VSA Code of Conduct, the Safeguarding
Policy and acquiring Police Clearance which is a prerequisite before commencing with coaching.

The VSA President expressed his gratitude to the FIVB Instructor, Mr. Shadrack Modiakgotla from Botswana for the professional manner in which he conducted the course. The FIVB Instructor was presented with a gift as a token of appreciation from Volleyball South Africa and from those that participated at the Bloemfontein course. ‘’ While the course was gruelling, pushing the participants to the limit to perform the skills repeatedly as demonstrated to them, the fun aspect in the learning process
was not forgotten,’’ added the VSA President. Words of praise were conveyed to Shadrack Modiakgotla from the participants representative, Ms. Sashnee Nair at the closing ceremony for sharing his expertise,
wisdom and encouragement during the practical and theoretical sessions.

During the presentation ceremony Mr.Mokoena was beaming with delight when he heard that two female participants had topped both the practical and theoretical components of the coaches’ course. Tarryn Sita Singh from Gauteng was the number one candidate in the practical component while Cape Town’s Aneta Friedricksen scored the highest marks in the theoretical exams of the course.

However, flying the flag of the male dominated coaches’ course was Clinton Stemmet from the Mother City who was declared as the course’s top contender. Over the years Clinton Stemmet represented South Africa at both the indoor and beach volleyball format of the sport in the international arena.

According to Mr.Mokoena the newly qualified band of coaches gives VSA the latitude to deploy them to serve in an assistant coaches role to gain much needed experience from Head Coaches who have been serving the sport for a number of years. The plan is to groom these coaches to eventually take over the reins as head coaches of national teams in the near future. ‘’ A directive will be sent from my office to the provinces from which these coaches hail, to make liberal use of their newly acquired skills in development programmes and coaching at all levels deemed necessary by the provincial Presidents.

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