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BFA completes Operation Time For Change

The Botswana Football Association’s (BFA) FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course – Operation Time For Change, for the Central and North Regional Football Association (FA) came to a resounding end yesterday (Friday) at Majestic Hotel in Palapye.

The five-day rigorous training which commenced on Monday was aimed at endowing leaders of football clubs to effectually grow football from grassroots level and administer it with indispensable proficiency.

Furthermore, it was intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting.

Ashford Mamelodi

Some of its objectives include the empowerment of leaders, both Regional Structures and Clubs, on the management of the game; engaging participants on the importance of Stakeholder management, as well as identifying for further training prospective national course instructors in Administration and Management, with a view that once qualified, they will continue to train up and coming Administrators in the Regions on football administration.

Operation Time for Change has impacted all the BFA’s 17 regions, with the just ended one for the Central and North Regional FA being the last one.

When officially closing the weeklong and successful engagement, BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) Board Member, Tico Kamati said the secretariat optimally sees the need to empower its regional structures as this further helps galvanize all efforts by the FA to commercialize local football.

BFA CEO, Goabaone Taylor

Kamati added that when the regional structures become well equiped with modern day techniquesincluding commercial proven methods, the FA will run smoothly and easily turn into a commerciallyviable entity.

“Our mandate as the BFA is to develop football and it has to start from our regions. We are privileged to be one of the first countries to be enrolled by FIFA on this course. We therefore as the FA moved swiftly to include all our stakeholders such as BISA, BOTESSA, BOPSA, FUB and others to enroll in this course to cordially be at par with the drive football needs in order to turn commercial. The project covered all the 17 regions with over 600 delegates and I therefore urge all the participants to share their knowledge with other football administrators so everybody is on the same page knowledge wise. The regions through further recommendation by the consultant, Mamelodi is to further elect regional coordinators who will hold workshops around this course so as to impart knowledge and skills on their peers from time to time,” said Kamati.

Renowned FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting who facilitated the Operation Time for Change training said thejourney to empower regional football leadership began in June 2019, with each region averaging an estimated 600 delegates.

Mamelodi said the course was rich with modules that brought all important aspects that brings up to speed the football coordination set up in the country and further thanked the FA for their well thought out assignment in the regions. He described and likened the regional administrators as pillars that the FA rely on for stability adding that they are crucial to football development as they coordinated all important segments of the game.

BFA NEC member Kamati (right) awarding certificates to one of the participants

“From the delegates who have been empowered, we are hopeful that they will impart the knowledge to others as the FA will depend on the firm regional structure development. We have to prioritize strategic planning, register players through FIFA connect and make an ecosystem that works in football. For every region that we spent 5 days, we are positive that it will be for the goodwill and betterment of football,” said Mamelodi.

One of the participants, Miscellanous Sporting Club Chairperson, Molatedi Tuwane said, “One of the things that I learnt through this course is to digitize all our information. It was well articulated and I am hopeful that our region will adhere and practice the teachings of this course. For our football to be independent we need to start at regional level with proper education and structures,” he concluded. 

 

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GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Medical Committee has embarked on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. The training,  which kicks off today, 24th June with the FRAFA in Francistown will cover all teams in BFA regions being BFL, First Divisions, RFAs leagues as well as the women’s league, and will conclude on July 4 with Tsabong RFA in Tsabong.  

Just recently, the Medical Committee chaired by Dr. Lone Bogwasi hosted a two-day Return to Play workshop aimed at ensuring that a considerable level of set health precautions is always upheld and to support all teams in the BFA structures, making sure they are capacitated, speak one language of ‘hygiene, prevention and prompt recognition’.

“The medical profession and the country will look onto us and football to ensure outmost safety of the players during their engagement in footballing activities. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed in our engagement to ensure a holistic approach to caring for the athlete to enable a conducive environment for them to excel,” said Dr. Lone Bogwasi recently.

The committee further seeks to identify areas of need by the football association as well as develop policies regarding sports medical matters locally, amongst them, aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, psychology, sports science including continuous education and research which are part of the evolving field of football medicine.

The BFA Medical Committee include Mpho Bogopa, Dr. Monkgogi Thakgathi, Aldrin Majaye, Kitso Dlamini, Golekanye Morutwa, Kaelo Kgosieyang, Dr. Mwamba Nsebula, Tshepo Makete and Tiroyaone Otimile, and is chaired by Dr. Lone Bagwasi.

“We wish to inform you that through the Medical Committee, we will be embarking on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. You are therefore requested to invite one medical personnel from each team in your region to attend the workshop. You are further requested to source venue for the workshop as per the training schedule below,” said the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor today.

“The trainings will be conducted by members of the BFA Medical Committee. You are therefore requested to liaise with the Office of the General Manager, Football Operations and the Regional Coordinator for purposes of coordination of the workshop,” added Taylor.

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION NORTH, EASTERN & NOTHERN BLOCKS

24th June – FRAFA – Francistown

25th June – Selibe- Phikwe RFA – Selibe Phikwe

26th June – Tswapong, CNRFA & CSRFA – Palapye

27 June – Boteti RFA – Letlhakane

29th June – Nhabe – Maun

3rd July – Chobe – Kasane

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION SOUTH, WESTERN & SOUTHERN BLOCKS

29th June – Gaborone City RFA – Gaborone

30th June – BFL, 1st Div. South & SERFA – Gaborone

1st July – SORFA – Kanye

2nd July – Kgatleng RFA – Rasesa

2nd July –  Gantsi RFA – Gantsi

3rd July – Kang & Hukuntsi RFAs – Kang

3rd July – Kweneng RFA – Molepolole

4th July – Tsabong RFA – Tsabong

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