American coaches in Zim

HARARE - Three United States-based coaches are in Zimbabwe for two weeks to train prospective coaches and also teach school children how to play football in the rural areas.

Toby Tenenbaum, Dean Simpson both from New York and Russ Taylor from California are in the country at the invitation of ORAP Zenzele, a non-governmental organisation based in Bulawayo that helps development in rural areas.

The three coaches are from an organisation called Super Soccer Stars which helps train fledging footballers.

The trio has in Gwelutshena, Nkayi where they are conducting coach education sessions for 32 prospective Zifa Level One coaches.

At the same time, the coaches from the United States are also working with rural school children.

Super Soccer Stars coaches have been coming to Zimbabwe since 2009 and have been helping football development in Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South rural areas.

Apart from imparting local coaches and players with their knowledge, they have also donated footballs, playing kits, cons, nets and various football equipment.

Tenenbaum spoke highly of their work and their vision for football development in rural Zimbabwe where there is a lot of poverty.

“We have trained coaches, teachers and some other people in the under privileged rural communities,” he said.

“Last year, we were in Hwange rural and this year we are in Gwelutshena where we are providing education in that community. We are also working with Zifa and we have partnered them in our work.

“We have been bringing two coaches in the past three years and this year we have three and we are hoping to bring more coaches in the coming years as our project with Orap expands.

“It’s important that we educate the young coaches in Zimbabwe, so that if they get access to these young players, they teach them the right things and in a proper way recommended for the young in their soccer development.

“That way soccer in Zimbabwe will definitely grow. We are working at grassroots level and that is where it all starts when it comes to any form of sport development.”

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