SportPesa soccer coaching program starts in Dar

30Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
SportPesa soccer coaching program starts in Dar

SOUTHAMPTON FC coaches arrived in Tanzania yesterday for a coaching clinic as part of SportPesa’s new initiative aimed at helping aspiring local football coaches across Africa.

Southampton FC coaches at the Mwalimu Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam yesterday. They are set to conduct football coaching course for Tanzania’s trainers. PHOTO: CORESPONDENT

The Saints coaches’ delegation, which is in Tanzania, includes Andy Martino (Southampton FC coach), James Newbigin (Partnership Manager) and Jason Holmes (Southampton Fc coach).

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has already called up 20 players from its developmental sides from all over the country to take part in the course, dubbed Coaches to Count On.

The ‘Coaches to Count On’ campaign will see coaching staff from the gaming firm’s partner clubs in the UK visit South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya over the coming weeks to provide clinics for local coaches in the community.

The Southampton FC coaches will be in Tanzania to deliver a three-day session from today to Thursday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The clinic will cover all aspects of football, providing courses for coaches of varying levels of ability.

The initiative builds on the company’s ‘Kits for Africa campaign’, launched three years ago and has seen over 75,000 pieces of kits donated by football fans via collection points at selected games outside St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton.

Speaking about the coaching clinic, Tarimba Abbas, SportPesa’s Director of Administration and Compliance, said: “SportPesa has a proud history of supporting grassroots football and we are excited to welcome the Southampton coaches and it is our belief that the selected coaches will benefit immensely from the training camp and subsequent programs SportPesa has for development of football in Tanzania.”