Thando (Pronounced Tarn-doe) Msweli is an outstanding member of PPI-SA’s coaching staff and Professional Development Programme. Recently she participated, and did a little bit of teaching, at PPI-SA’s Professional Development Camp – A two day overnight experience in Valley of a Thousand Hills, Durban, South Africa. Today she shares her experiences and expectations for the the year to come in Durban!
I’ve been part of PeacePlayers International – South Africa since 2009 as a participant, and moved onto their PDP programme in 2014.This is my 2nd year as a PPI-SA coach, and I’m currently doing my 3rd year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal towards my Bachelor in Social Science (Housing).
Last week, old and new coaches attended a 2 day coaches training, which was not only informative but mind stimulating. The training sessions incorporated a variety of different aspects which would be useful for a coach – especially a first time coach. It help equipped us with the necessary skills needed to organize, grow, control and develop ourselves as coaches and our teams.
The training brought a lot of people out of their shells, it gave us as coaches clear guidance on what do to, how to do it and why we do it. It gave us direction and showed a 2nd year coach like me where I went wrong last year, where I needed to improve, and how to improve. It also empowered us as young coaches because we gained a number of skills during the training, like how to communicate better with our players and how to deal with certain situations which we may face.
The highlights of the training would definitely be the session about growing young people’s mind-sets, changing it from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set. That for me also changed my way of thinking and how I see and approach certain situations. It helped me expand the way I think and my general output on life. It also taught me how to motivate our team in order to help them grow their confidence. Another highlight of the training had to be “catch the flag’ a teambuilding activity/game that we played which brought out the competitive sides of people. That really made us work well and communicate well as a team, but most of all it was fun.
From this training session alone I feel like I’m a better coach, well equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate, plan practice sessions, monitor and evaluate progress of my players and build positive relationships. I also learnt a lot about myself and grew as a person and as a coach. With all the knowledge gained and the great people around to help and share ideas, we will most definitely be bridging divides, developing leaders and changing perceptions community by community.