FIFA Trains 30 Teachers to Kickstart FAZ Grassroots Project

The FAZ/FIFA grassroots program has hit high gear with 30 teachers drawn from the 10 provinces inducted in Lusaka as part of the tripartite agreement.

FIFA Instructor Jean-Marie Conz is running the mill on the teachers for five days as part of the tripartite agreement comprising ministry of sports and arts, ministry of education and FAZ.

The 30 teachers will in turn train other teachers under the watch of the FAZ Technical Directorate to oversee the grassroots program.

Forty schools will pilot the project comprising 20 high and the same number for primary schools that will also include girls’ football.

Apart from coaches, FAZ will also train some teachers as referees as part of the multi-pronged approach to the game.

“The tripartite agreement involves the Ministry of Art and Sport and the Ministry of Education. The involvement of the Ministry of Education was particularly important as it was earmarked as the pillar of this program. Not only does the Ministry of Education have a countrywide network but also has the important cogs to this project who are the pupils and teachers,” said FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala.

“The teachers have been identified as drivers of this process through being trained as coaches and referees. Teachers are an important resource and know the pupils better and therefore critical to talent identification.”

He added: “The 30 teachers have been carefully selected by the respective provinces on the recommendation of the Ministry of Education. We have no doubt that with the training that they will undergo under this program, they will kickstart a turning point in the development of our game.”

Kashala said the grassroots program fitted well into the 10-year strategic plan.

And FIFA Instructor Conz urged the trainees to utilize the knowledge as a way of contributing toward the revival of the game.

“You are the human resource, without you, it is impossible to play the football because will know how to play football.

“The grassroots are the basic and without your knowledge it is impossible to develop the football. The FIFA everywhere will develop this age group but afterwards we have to follow,” he said.

“I hope when you leave you are not going to sit, you have to be active and to continue the work. Here you are learning a little but where you will learn is to practice and face the problems, to solve the problems. Here we can give you the information, but it is not enough.”

FAZ Technical Director Lyson Zulu and his mentor under FIFA Kim Poulsen are also part of the program.

The pilot project will cover boys and girls from 40 schools comprising 20 primary and 20 secondary schools, and in addition to each participating school receiving start-up football jerseys and footballs, the event had extra colour added to it when teachers (coach and Referee) from each piloting school who were trained for four days, were awarded with FAZ E Licenses.

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