Masenzeni is the message as Coaching Conference ends

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Cricket South Africa’s Coaches’ Conference drew to a close on Thursday following four days of discussion and dialogue on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. 

Around 50 coaches attended this year’s event, the sixth edition of its kind, at the San Lameer Resort.

They included Franchise coaches and assistant coaches, semi-professional coaches, provincial coaching managers, tertiary coaches, coaches involved in CSA’s High Performance program as well as talent scouts.

“I think it was an excellent conference,” commented CSA General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl. “It seems like every year the standards of the conference are getting better.

“We’ve had six conferences now and each time there’s been a new theme and this year it’s been ‘Masenzeni’, which means ‘let’s do it’. It’s so apt to all the things we’ve had in the past where we’ve addressed certain issues within our own systems by making sure we get structures in place, making sure we get to a point where we can actually be at a place where we can say now ‘let’s go and do it’.”

The guest speaker for the programme was Tim Dlulane, Team Manager of Blue Bulls Rugby, who spoke on the theme of “Keeping the Dream Alive” at the opening on Monday.

Other address came from the likes of Thabang Moroe, the CSA vice-president; Steven Ball, who is the Deputy Director at TuksSport; and Ruan Botha of Mental Performance Solutions.

National team coaches Lawrence Mahatlane (Coca-Cola Under-19s), Hilton Moreeng (Momentum Proteas) and Adrian Birrell (Standard Bank Proteas assistant coach) also addressed the conference.

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Van Zyl added: “We need to go deeper, we need to give more attention to detail, the player performance plan is critical for us in delivering our goals as a department of Cricket South Africa.

“This means delivering on a vision of Cricket South Africa of access and excellence. And critical to the player performance plan are the coaches. They have always been the main drivers of this plan.

“So this was an opportunity to discuss all of those areas that the coaches can address in order to be effective in terms of the player performance plan and for me the conference has certainly addressed those issues.”

Dlulane, a former Springbok rugby player, said: I’m grateful to Cricket South Africa for this opportunity. It’s a wonderful initiative and I like the theme ‘Masenzeni’, let’s do it. But ask yourself how? It’s a collective way to say let’s do it.

“Set yourself a time frame to do because you have to take your time very seriously, use it constructively. We need to have goals and dreams and then ask ourselves each day, what are we doing to achieve those targets? Aim to be the best.

“What is wonderful about sport is that it’s universal, it’s one language. That language is winning and we all want to win, that’s why we are here. We want to cultivate a winning culture and it starts with the coach as an individual, wanting to win his own personal battles and overcoming his own challenges.”