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BFA CEO attends GS Academy Programme

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Goabaone G. Taylor is in Maputo, Mozambique, from today, 12 -16 April 2021, where she’s attending a training program hosted by COSAFA. Designed for General Secretaries of Football Associations, the GS Academy provides essential knowledge, tools and networks needed to manage Football Associations successfully and strategically.
“This program provides practical issues faced by General Secretaries in their daily work. It is supported by leading professionals in the football industry and former General Secretaries of UEFAs member associations. It’s a week-long programme that provides a platform for participants to discuss current and future challenges faced by FAs and share best practices,” the UEFA Academy website reads.

COSAFA Secretary General, Sue Destombes

By attending this programme, it shows a great commitment by the BFA to upskill the incoming CEO Mrs. Goabaone Taylor so she can adapt and quickly assimilate practical tools that will positively impact the BFA.
Last week, the new CEO was taken through a two-day induction programme facilitated by Mamelodi Consulting to bring her up to speed with the structures of the BFA, operational matters within the Secretariat such as standing committees, judicial bodies, regional structures and all the necessary tools of trade.
The CEO said “acquiring these skills will help me to gain insights from industry experts, effectively manage football governance and strategy, understand the importance of financial planning to ensure proper player development, player administration and game administration. By the end of the week, I will have a clear view on ‘a day in the life of’ a General Secretary.”

BFA Secretary General Taylor with her counterparts from Ghana and Liberia FAs

The BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti said sending Goaba to the UEFA GS Academy is a great move as it will upskill, reskill, and prepare the new CEO for the future, which holds the key to the success of the BFA as an organization.
“I’m confident that she will come back having harnessed her grasp on matters of football. As the BFA, we must always ensure we help our employees grow professionally and personally in order to retain and engage them,” said Letshwiti.


COSAFA and LaLiga Instructors’ Masterclass gets underway

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical Division led by Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun today (Wednesday) joined their counterparts from the COSAFA region in a virtual Instructors Masterclass powered by COSAFA in partnership with LaLiga. The BFA participants include Alex Malete, Duncan Tshegofatso, Kaelo Kaelo, Jaqueline Gaboinelwe and Barobi Ngwako.

COSAFA and La Liga seek to improve football in the region with this exciting project where they look to equip regional instructors with training methods, academy structure, player development path, game model and overall, how to make a good instructor.

BFA acting TD Dr. Carolin Braun

The course is a pilot program which kickstarted its first of the two sessions beginning April 21st, 2021 and the second took place today, Wednesday May 5th, 2021.  The BFA Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun was today jubilant that all participants from the Botswana FA will be able to harness their skills for the betterment of the BFA development structures.

She further highlighted that the courses come at the right time when the entire football system is regenerating for the future. Dr. Braun was also confident that the BFA has chosen capable individuals who have made a commitment to take the lessons and safeguard the country’s footballing prospects. 

BFA Women development officer, Barobi Ngwako

The first day of the course was manned by Juan Florit – Head of LaLiga Football Projects and Andoni Bombín – Head of Methodology at Athletic Club, while today’s session was led by Saul Vazquez – Football Projects Specialist and Carlos Casal – Football Projects Coordinator, respectively.


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