Platinum Stars chairman Cliff Ramoroa believes having a number of qualified coaches at grassroots level can lead to proper development.
Speaking at the opening of Safa D-License Course held at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus on Monday, Ramoroa told attendees that their undertaking the course will go a long way in enhancing football development at grassroots level.
“It’s through you that we can learn to do development the right way,” Ramoroa told close to 25 aspiring coaches.
“This course will be an asset to those who would like to be involved in football development and beneficiaries which are the youngsters. This becomes central and must be used as a stepping stone for our football development. At Platinum Stars, we have around five teams participating throughout the season in development structures. We need to make development simple by developing players at school and bring them to these structures and later they filter into professional football.”
On day one of the weeklong course, attendees were taken through the course, which is aimed at coaching six-year-olds to 12-year-olds, by Safa instructors – Edwin AB Johannes and Keleabetswe Diale, who is also head coach of Platinum Stars’ MDC team.
Ramoroa, who is also the chairman of Royal Bafokeng Sports, stressed that development was all about passion.
“This is about the burning passion inside you to be developed and to develop others. Most of the coaches that have gone on to be successful have done it because of passion,” said Ramoroa.
The coaching course will run till the end of the week.