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Aspiring coaches attending the #BetwayCares Skills Hub Netball Level 1 Coaching Course in Polokwane had an opportunity to meet and engage with #BetwayCares Skills Hub ambassador, Dumisani Chauke on the second day of the Betway-sponsored course.
The current Spar-Proteas assistant coach, who also honed her coaching skills through similar programmes is among the invited guest speakers, as part of the brand’s amplification of the course, in line with the adopted theme of Freedom Through Sport.
Speaking to the budding coaches who have assembled at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium for the three-day course, Chauke shared some of the reasons why she is passionate about her calling as well as sharing some insights into the world of international level coaching.
“My burning passion for coaching can be attributed to the changes the sport brought into my life. Coming from a small village, very few people have the opportunity to play or coach at the highest level. A programme such as the #BetwayCares Skills Hub affords us the scarce opportunity to instil hope and encourage the next generation about the endless opportunities and freedom that sport can bring,” said Chauke.
The former goal shooter also emphasised the importance of going the extra-mile as a coach, saying that a coach must be willing to play a role model figure to his or her players.
“Not all players come from stable backgrounds and in ensuring that we get the best performance out of our players, we need to play an exemplary role at all times. Gaining the trust and confidence of players adds so much value to our teams because not only do they see us as coaches, but we play a key role in their outlook of life , something that they may not always have at home,” she added.
The Limpopo edition of the #BetwayCares Skills Hub concludes on Friday and will see the coaches undergoing media training with some of the most respected sports journalists from the Limpopo province.
For more information about the #BetwayCares Skills Hub, please visit betwaycares.co.za
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The Organisation has an exciting opportunity for a High-Performance Manager female or male, to join our dynamic team. This permanent position is well suited to an individual that is capable of delivering strategic plans and doing performance reports. This candidate must be driven and have the alibility to lead the SPAR Protea Team to strive for the very best and has demonstratable experience in leading sporting performance success at the highest level whilst upholding the Organisation’s Mission, Vision and Ethics.
Job Title: High-Performance Manager
Reporting to: The CEO
Salary: Market Related – Negotiable
Hours: Full time position and Weekends when required
Location: Based at Netball South Africa Office – Pretoria
Key Responsibilities & Duties
- To provide business wide performance leadership as a member of the National team on a day to day basis
- To provide leadership and strategic direction of the Performance Department and programmes
- To build and maintain effective ongoing relationships across the Netball industry and with external partners and stakeholders.
- Manage the well being of the SPAR Protea team. Organise competitions and plan their activities and recovery plans together with the coaching team
- To prepare teams for World Cup 2023 podium and beyond by assisting National coaches in team preparation
- Communicate with the international performance managers regarding competition opportunities
- To prepare annual budgets for the SPAR Protea team’s needs
- Experience in elite sport at the highest level
- Successful at effecting continuous performance improvements
- Ability to effectively and professionally communicate
- Be able to travel when required
- Excellent administration skills
Professional Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience required
- A background and recent experience (at least 3 years) of leading a team operating in elite sport at the highest level
- A comprehensive understanding of coaching, sport science and medicine, international competition and talent pathways
- A broad understanding and commitment to safeguarding young people in a talent environment
- A management and Sport Science Degree or similar, preference to Honours level or higher
- Effective at working with multiple partners, stakeholders and volunteers to achieve success
- Experience of working at National level
- A driving license and strong IT skills
Qualities and Competencies
- Highly developed leadership and management skills
- Strategic thinker – can establish a vision, provide direction and inspire followership
- Strong planning and organisation skills
- Balanced decision making
- Outstanding communication skills – written, verbal and presentation
- Developing and maintaining strategic relationships and the ability to build trust and confidence with stakeholders
- Resilience, stamina and flexibility
- Motivated and results orientated with the drive to take tough decisions and continue to raise the bar and achieve targets
- A team player with an open and consultative style and optimistic approach
- Good self-awareness, emotional intelligence and “political instincts”
This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in light of the changing needs of the Organisation.
The Organisation aims to conclude the recruitment process by the 30 May 2021. If an applicant has not received any feedback from the Organisation within two weeks of applying for the position, the candidate’s application was unsuccessful.
Please send applications and accompanying documentation to the following email address before COB 15 May to:
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Betway in partnership with Netball South Africa is set to host the #BetwayCares Skills Hub in Polokwane between 28 and 30 April 2021, as part of Freedom month celebrations.
The third edition of the #BetwayCares Skills Hub will be a Netball South Africa (NSA) level 1 coaching course and comes at the back of a successful cricket coaching workshop in the Western Cape last month, which was preceded by a Sport Administration course in Gauteng, the month prior.
The Limpopo province takes centre stage this month, as 30 aspiring coaches from the province who have been actively involved in the sport will have the unique opportunity to officially kick start a career in Netball coaching, thanks to the #BetwayCares Skills Hub.
Upon completion of the course, coaches will attain an NSA recognised coaching certificate, which will aid them with the necessary skills and knowledge to coach and nurture young talent within their respective communities.
Recognising the historic significance of the month of April on the South African calendar, Betway has themed the third edition of the programme as “Freedom through Sport”.
Elaborating on the theme, Betway SA Marketing Manager, David Rachidi said it was important for the brand to recognise the importance of such a monumental day, by bringing it to life within the context of sport and its role in bringing about a sense of freedom to our communities.
“The month of April holds great significance and history to South Africans. As a globally acclaimed brand that has found a welcoming home here, it is important that we play our role in recognising its importance and relevance within the context of sport and through the #BetwayCares Skills Hub we are able to do this,” Rachid said.
“In addition to the existing course content, we have gone an extra mile and invited key speakers, who we believe will add a new dimension to the course that will expose the coaches to new ways of thinking and ultimately unlock new opportunities for the betterment of their communities,” he added.
“As a coach, your purpose is to lead the process preparing those you coach to take ownership of their own performance and how they will live their life. NSA is looking forward to positive coach development and the growth of our netball coaches. We can only do it if we join hands and empower the coaches” said Netball South Africa’s Director of coaches, Anneline Lewies
Additional subjects to be discussed by the speakers include the role of media, sport administration and marketing, as well as the modern day coach in the context of the increased role that sport plays in society.
SPAR Proteas Assistant Coach and programme ambassador, Dumisani Chauke expressed her excitement with the adopted theme, saying that it speaks to the current situation facing many aspiring coaches in the province.
“It is really encouraging to see a globally acclaimed brand such as Betway pulling out all the stops to empower communities in such a manner. In addition to these much-needed programmes, I am particularly excited by the twist in the plot of inviting guest speakers from different sporting fields to the course. This is a first of its kind and will most certainly add value and a new dimension on the type of leaders that we are producing for the future of the sport,” said Chauke.
The #BetwayCares Skills Hub is a nationwide programme that aims to bridge the gap between the shortage of skills and the employability South Africans during these challenging economic times.
For more information about the #BetwayCares Skills Hub, please visit www.betwaycares.co.za
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21 April 2021, Pretoria – Over the past couple of days, Netball South Africa has noted with great disappointment the allegations of an alleged sex pest that is working within our structures as reported by the Sunday Times newspaper this past weekend.
The article published on Sunday with the title “Outcry as sex pest allowed to stay as netball coach” speaks about a coach who is allegedly accused of sexually abusing players that he coached.
As Netball South Africa we take these allegations very seriously as we believe that we need to protect all our players, administrators, umpires and all our stakeholders against any form of abuse more especially sexual abuse.
As the biggest female federation, we have always ensured that we take all the necessary measures and protect everyone at all times. Such above mentioned allegations are of a serious nature and we have therefore started with our own internal investigations so that we can get to the bottom of this matter to ensure that we do the right thing and get the facts right before we say and do anything.
“Sexual misconduct is a serious offence in any sphere of our society more so within the federation as a large number of our registered members are females; we will therefore leave no stone unturned; we will make sure that we decisively deal with this and whoever found guilty will have to face the full might of the law.
Considering the sensitive nature of these allegations, we want to make sure that we are thorough in our investigations, we will need a bit of time to make sure that we do what is right,” said Nompumelelo Javu, Acting President of Netball South Africa.
According to our internal interactions, we have established the allegations happened before both Molokwane and Javu were part of the Executive that is currently in office, however this does not mean that we will not get to the bottom of this matter and attempt to fix it. We are working around the clock in ensuring that this matter is dealt with and resolved as quickly as possible.
The federation would also like to make mention of the fact that the “two netball insiders” who spoke to the Sunday Times journalist did not have the endorsement of the Executive to do so and as a result, their views and understanding of what Ms Molokwane said were taken out of context and completely misunderstood, all she did was to explain to the Executive on the process that is undertaken when a man impregnates a woman he is not married to. She did not say that it is acceptable in the African customs for an older man to sleep with young girls and pay damages.
There are a few issues we need to interrogate as well because the article did mention that there was a psychologist report that was compiled in 2013 that the publication has in its possession, to this dates Netball South Africa’s Executive has not seen that report, and it is deeply concerning to know that this report has been given to other people outside of netball structures and not to the people that needed to see it. Therefore, it will be difficult to make comments on that until the federation has seen it.
Legal counsel is currently being sought on the issue of dealing with the alleged coach and once that is cleared, action will be taken as advised by the legal teams.
Netball South Africa kindly requests time to investigate this matter, after which the federation will be better placed to respond. We would appreciate a period of 21 days to conduct internal processes and will update afterwards.
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