MASERU –– Primary School Teachers from around Maseru are attending a Level 1 football coaching course at Bambatha. The course began on Monday and will end tomorrow.
The training is part of continued efforts to improve the standard of the game in the country.
“We want to start with teachers because we want to make sure we coach the correct methods at a school level,” Baba Malephane, LEFA public relations officer, told the Lesotho Times this week.
The course is part of LEFA’s colllaboration with Lesotho Institute of Schools Association.
“We have got primary school teachers who interface with children on a regular basis.”
The programme’s next stop is Teyateyaneng.
“We are going to Teyateyaneng after this. There we will train primary school teachers from surrounding areas who show an interest,” Malephane said.
“We don’t want to impose these programmes on anyone. We are training people who will not leave us after we have equipped them,” Malephane said.
Referees are also being trained in the Level 1 course. They will be eligible to officiate in Lesotho’s lower leagues.
Meanwhile Lesotho’s elite referees have been busy preparing for a FIFA referee test on September 4. Last month the country’s match officials produced appalling results where only 10 out of 30 passed a FIFA physical examination.
“The referees have been coming here (to Bambatha) every week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,” Malephane said. “They are preparing for that course and I’m confident they will succeed.”