In most instances talented and dedicated local coaches end up losing interests in their chosen career path due to scarcity of employment opportunities. Some are tired of volunteering their services to the local township schools on empty stomachs. Angela Ngwenya, a local coach from Spruitview has proved that dedicating, patience and perseverance pays. She has volunteered her coaching services for a long time and finally she got a coaching job at Saheti Combined School in Sanderwood.

Ngwenya is excited that her dreams are coming to a reality. “I am passionate about sports, especially netball as l used to play the sport at high school,” said Ngwenya.

She said she has done umpiring of Mr Price League in Soweto where she met one of the coaches. The same coach she met her again during the Generic Sport Coaching training that was hosted by the Our Community Network Co-operative held at Ekurhuleni School of Deaf in Katlehong. Ngwenya said the coach informed her about a coaching vacancy at Saheti Combined School.  “l would like to acknowledge Our Community Network Co-operative for hosting the training , if it  was not because of that training l would not have known about the vacancy . The course also equipped me with skills and the training gave local coaches an opportunity to network with other coaches sharing information,” she said.

Ngwenya started working at Saheti on 28 March 2017 and she is coaching u/15 A netball team. She has done following coaching courses; Umpire grading with Netball South Africa, level 1 Cricket coaching with Eafterns Cricket Union, Chess with Nedbank Chess Kids, Generic leader in gymnastics and Generic Sport Coaching.

“I encourage unemployed coaches not to lose hope. They should continue to showcase their dedication in sports by volunteering their coaching services and they will be scouted. They should also attend free coach training to get equipped with skills and information regarding job opportunities,” said Ngwenya.

Meanwhile, Sipho Nkabinde, Business Development Executive at Our Community Network Cooperative said they are happy that one of their coaches who attended their training has been employed. “We want to equip more coaches with sports coaching skills; currently we have trained 34 coaches. We will also be offering them free first aid training to enhance their skills. We are also raising funds to be able to pay a stipend to coaches volunteering their services at local township schools. Our main is to create a new career path, employment opportunities and promoting sports.”