Orlando Pirates Assistant Coach, Rulani Mokwena says South Africa requires a coaching symposium to discuss the country’s leadership skills in sport. He was speaking at the Powerade Performance Academy after a 3-1 win against AmaZulu.
This weekend hosts the final leg of the Powerade Performance Academy which in previous weeks took place across major cities in the country. High school coaches gathered in this campaign, embarking to celebrate everyday coaches across the country.
The campaign saw ordinary coaches make efforts in developing young talents that can go and achieve on world stages. “Obviously without the right opportunities being presented to you, you don’t find yourself in the positions that you want , but these opportunities are presented to you when you work hard and that’s what luck is about, people say that you are lucky when you get to a certain level but luck is when opportunity meets preparation and that’s when you work hard and reach a certain level you get lucky but it might not come overnight,” says Mokwena.
The campaign continues to find ways to innovate and support sportsmen’s and sportswomen’s progression in the country. It also maintains its commitment to young players by providing platforms to achieve their ultimate sporting goals.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with the members of the Springbok rugby team; I’ve also worked with the Kaizer Chiefs youth programme. I have worked with the lions rugby team, just individual athletes maybe my greatest passion and all of that is helping coaches to be more equipped to bring that element into their coaching,” says Sports Performance Coach Iain Shippey.
Although coaching is more practical, this initiative encourages up and coming coaches to equip themselves with the theory of coaching.