Knowledge is Power for South African Sports Leaders

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PeacePlayers International – South Africa basketball coaches gather together

Two weeks ago, Durban received big news from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as it will be the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

This is great news for all organizations that use sport as a vehicle for social change as well as the youth that have a passion and love for sport.  South Africa is still taking baby steps to improve its sports facilities and leadership and to be at the same caliber of sports as the United Kingdom and Brazil.  South Africans are not lacking for talent or love for sport, but the country still lacks much of the basic infrastructure to empower its citizens to compete at a world-class level, especially when it comes to basketball.

That is where PeacePlayers International – South Africa comes in.  Recently eight PPI-SA coaches took part in a training held by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation that covered the following topics:

  • Leadership Development
  • Good Governance in sport
  • Budget and Fundraising

PPI-SA coaches were among a crowd of 20 participants as the Department of Sports and Recreations looks to lay a a strong athletic foundation in preparation for 2022.  This is what PPI-SA coaches and staff thought about the training:

The Sports and Recreation training extended my knowledge in terms of opportunities in sport and knowledge of how to manage and run sport clubs and organizations.  The world is coming to us again.  It all started 5 years ago with the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the big question is, are we well-equipped to compete with the world in terms of different sport codes?  If the answer is no, then we  are failing our country and youth by not creating opportunities to develop future sport icons.  This past weekend was a good start.  The Department of Sports and Recreation trained us on how to better manage and govern our clubs and organizations.  Now  I believe it’s time to start talking about how to develops players from a young age.”  -PPI Staffer Ntobeko Ngcamu

“I join PPI-SA because I love basketball and I love working with children.  The training this past weekend taught me more about how should I carry myself and what my responsibilities are in my community and my organization.  From the leadership session I learned how to set goals for myself and my team, always read books and develop myself overall.  In the good governance session I learned about the administration, operation, and logistic departments that go into running an organization.  That opened my mind and changed the way I see PeacePlayers and begin to think about what I want to do in the future.”  -Thandeka Thusi

“This training has empowered me as a coach.  It has shown me the importance of developing relationships and good networking to increase learning.  It has motivated me to stay updated in the field of sport for social change.  The Department of Sports and Recreation should have more of these workshops.”  -Janda Wiseman

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