President's Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

We have now finally launched the National Coaches Framework and the turn-up at this event was very encouraging.

The work now shifts to the provinces and districts where coaches commissions will be formed. The timing of the completion of this process will be very helpful to the implementation of the Indaba decisions especially in assisting schools with coaches for the Wednesday school programme that starts in January country wide.

The Indaba driven by SRSA and assisted by many other stakeholders, including SASCOC, attracted a wide variety of interested parties. The debates in the commissions were very lively with delegates keen to voice their opinions on the state of our sport and what should be done. In the end the resolutions adopted promised to see new vigour in the approach to the development of sport and the transformation process in sport.

There was no unanimity to the issue of quotas but there was acceptance of the transformation charter and the scorecard. Federations will in future be monitored and evaluated on their performances in the transformation sphere by SASCOC who in turn will report to SRSA.

All the nine MEC’s committed their provinces to the outcome of the Indaba, thereby ensuring that there is alignment in the funding model of sport that will make the implementation of the Indaba resolutions so much easier. ┬áI guess all we have to do is to see to it that we roll up our sleeves and make things happen. The mood at the Indaba was that we talk too much and that it is time to make things happen.

The message from the Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, was clear; sport is sliding backwards and we need to work harder to stop the rot in South African sport.  Time will tell whether this Indaba will change the fortunes of South African sport.