CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE & SOUTH AFRICAN CLUB AMAZULU FC SIGNS OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH ISSPF
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Since hosting the World Cup in 2010 South African football continues to gain interest which has led to one of their own domestic teams implementing a first class coaching and high-performance structure.
The forward thinking South African Premier League & CAF Champions League club AmaZulu Football Club, has recently signed an official partnership agreement with the globally acclaimed International Soccer Science and Performance Federation (ISSPF) with the aim of providing local South African and regional coaches and performance practitioners with cutting edge, bespoke, online soccer training resources delivered by leading football Professionals from around the world.
ISSPF & Amazulu FC Form Football Education Partnership
The development in the club has coincided with the appointment of the greatest ever scorer in South African football history, and well known striker Benni McCarthy as Head Coach. He has been a great advocate of Football Science & Performance development since his time playing the English Premier League and now his club have secured a fantastic partnership.
The Amazulu FC – ISSPF partnership is focussed on providing online courses delivered by some of the leading practitioners from clubs such as Manchester United, Boca Juniors, Besiktas, Leicester City, England FA, Dynamo Moscow, Benfica, Porto, Major League Soccer clubs staff & many more, targeting all learners across a range of abilities and knowledge.
The courses delivered online include: Nutrition, Psychology and Mental Skills Training, Youth & Athletic Development, Team Sport Training Methodology, Fitness & Conditioning Training, Tactical Analysis, Talent Identification, Goalkeeper Coaching Science and Injury Reduction & Return to Play.
Not only is the key to the partnership to develop club based staff from academy to 1st team as part of the in-house club development process, but there is the chance to be a part of an elite continued professional development & coach education strategy moving forwards.
According to the AmaZulu FC Director of Sport Science & Performance Joshua Smith:
“I am delighted that we have been able to formalize this link with the ISSPF. I firmly believe that this will not only lead the club moving forward in terms of our continued education and training of staff from academy to senior level but will also allow for us to offer the community access to world class educational content.
As a club we pride ourselves on our relationship with the community, this link will allow for us to further our reach and empower those who dream of working in professional football.
We will be compiling several bespoke AmaZulu/ISSPF diploma & certification courses that will provide aspiring coaches, scouts, trainers, and analysts with insight to not only domestic but international best practice standards.
This is a fantastic initiative, and I am excited that AmaZulu can contribute to the football education revolution here in South Africa.”
The educational possibilities provided through the courses are open to almost anyone involved in the game as Coaches, Managers, Strength & Conditioners, Sport Scientists, Physios, Medical Practitioners or Talent Scouts, and ideal to provide insights & additional university and football association level qualifications as well exposure to best practice and design and implement plans, and sessions with individual players and teams.
As a leading online football education organization, ISSPF is not only seen as the trusted partner of elite, semi-professional, amateur and youth soccer clubs, international & continental federations, but also as key educational partners of schools, colleges, universities and training institutes worldwide.
In a statement from the senior management within the club, Marketing Director for AmaZulu FC Tlangelani Golele said:
“We are proud to strike a partnership with ISSPF to bring our club staff, community & supporters the opportunity to access elite online soccer coaching & performance courses through the club affiliation.
We hope this will inspire the development in our local region & country of the next top sport professionals.”
An official announcement on behalf of ISSPF confirmed the excitement of the partnership agreement with AmaZulu FC by saying:
“We are delighted to become the official online educational provider and partner for AmaZulu FC. We really engaged with the opportunity to assist in the development of South African soccer coaches, performance & medical staff, in addition to the students and learners around the local community and country.
The provision of our bespoke soccer related courses, across the coaching & performance development in the region is something we are proud to work together with for the progression of all individuals interested in enhancing their knowledge & career prospects.
Our accredited courses cover a range of coaching interests from grassroots, through to the elite professional coaching level.”
The partnership program is already “live” and accessible for all individuals who want to begin their extended learning potential & study across these areas of the game.
As we know, the demand for football science, sports science, athletic trainers, sport therapists, performance & coaching specialists in team sports is growing year upon year.
How do I further my knowledge & career in football? What’s the next step? Which area of sport or football science & sports medicine do I want to specialise in?
This is certainly an interesting question as progressing from completing a sporting, fitness, medical or therapy related degree to then working in professional football & trying to understand all the key components, soft skills that come with jobs in football or careers within sport.
As a result, the bespoke courses developed by ISSPF Football Science & Coaching Faculty members are a way of further exposing learners, professional coaches, students, or other individuals interested in football science with a thirst to develop & upskill further.
Why are these coach education & performance education courses important?
- Helps to provides justification & guidance of specific coaching & training methods, interventions & decision making processes within the game.
- Highlights the practical application of modern, best practice & recent training, football coaching methods & assessment tools via online courses.
- Provides evidence based practice & knowledge to understand key football science & performance processes across a range of coaching interests & sport science topics.
- Discusses the most efficient training methods and detailed insights into developing player development, fitness, rehabilitation & training methodology.
- Learn from industry experts in the area of football science, performance psychology, nutrition, sport science & performance training in team sports.
- Help maximise your decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of football coaching & sport science.
Who are these courses for?
These online sport coaching & sport science courses are for all individuals tasked with the responsibility or interest of football training, preparation & coaching of individual players or team sports
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