Stars in their Eyes
|Start:||1 June 2009|
|End:||31 March 2011|
Interest in soccer in South Africa has been generated globally due to the publicity that comes with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This has lead to an international programme to benefit disadvantaged coaches and players in our country. Stars in their Eyes is a project run jointly by a Dutch company and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape. Coaches from the Netherlands train couches from disadvantaged areas in the province and teach them professional Dutch football techniques. Coaches are also taught how to give lifeskills training to the children. It is hoped that the programme will not only create more structured soccer practises, but also have many other positive spin-offs for the disadvantaged communities, such as:
The exchange programme is about building relationships. 120 coaches have been trained by the Dutch since 2007 and during 2009, 20 local coaches attended the KNVB Academy in Holland. On their return, 10 of them have been trained as lecturers and coaches. 6 members of this group have since been employed as regional co-ordinators by the foundation. They are constantly hosting training and football workshops in their respective regions.
Read more about the Sport and Recreation activities online.