Primary and secondary school sports teachers in Mzimba North are undergoing a 7-day long football coaching course facilitated by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
Benjamin Kumwenda, who is FAM’s Technical Development Officer and Coach Educator, is the one drilling the teachers with modern ways and approaches in training children in football.
A total of 27 teachers, 7 women and 20 men, are undergoing the course at Ekwendeni Community Day Secondary School and upon successful completion of the course, they will be holders of FAM D Coaching Licence.
Kumwenda says FAM want the teachers to understand what grass root football is all about.
“We want them to understand what grass root football is all about. They should also be equipped with technique in training young ones and be able to organise grass root football tournaments,” says Kumwenda.
FAM Second Vice President, Othaniel Hara, who launched the course, says the course is fundamental for the growth of football in the country.
“FAM can’t develop grass root football without the Ministry of Education. We are so grateful to Mzimba North Sports Desk Office for organising such an event which will help in shaping the kids in as far as football is concerned,” Hara told Nyasa Times.
District Education Sports Desk Officer for Mzimba North, Slyveria Chalira, said the course was so important as the district had challenges in sports administration.
“When I went around the zones I discovered there was a big knowledge gap in all sporting disciplines. So I prioritised football because it’s a sport which is liked by many and easily played everywhere.
“This course is the starting point in order for the teachers to have knowledge in football coaching,” explained Chalira.