East London coaches, coached by the best
Grens High school coaches Andre Engelbrecht and Lourens Koorsen recently participated in the annual Performance Academy of 2019 held in the Nelson Mandela Bay last week.
The Academy offers one jam-packed day with expert performance coaches running an interactive session to empower and enrich school coaches.
Engelbrecht coaches rugby and athletics at the Baysville school. He is amazed at how competitive school sport has become over the years. “The levels of intensity are the same as professional sport. We are essentially training and producing world class players,” enthused Engelbrecht.
Participating in the Academy for a third-year in a row, he assures that each year he learns something new and useful to bring home. “The Academy keeps you on your toes, reminds you of the basics you know but tend to forget,” he said.
This year the academy featured Malibongwe Maketa, assistant coach for the Proteas, Verlie Oosthuizen, world-renowned high-performance coach, John McGrath, and Kass Naidoo South Africa’s first women cricket commentator. These experts took the coaches through critical lessons on how to tackle aspects of coaching on and off the field of play.
Port Elizabeth’s Maketa spoke to the coaches about identifying talent. He has been involved in identifying the talent that is currently playing for the Warriors Cricket side. The academy allows the attending coaches from the various school sporting codes to go back to their respective schools in the spirit of ‘teach one, teach all’.
The initiative seeks to find ways to innovate and support sports men and women’s progression of active goals and has maintained its commitment to young South African sportsmen and sportswomen by providing them with the necessary platforms to achieve their ultimate sporting goals.
It focused on high school coaches in recognition of their role as primary influencers of the next generation of South Africa’s sporting heroes. “My team is already doing well this season, I am preparing them for the world stage and such an academy will ensure that they are aware of how to have longevity once they have left school,” re-iterated Engelbrecht.