Further professional development & rise in the forward thinking South African Premier League club AmaZulu Football Club, has recently led to the official partnership agreement between themselves and the globally acclaimed International Soccer Science and Performance Federation (ISSPF) with the aim of providing cutting edge, bespoke, online soccer training resources delivered by leading Soccer Professionals from around the world.

The online courses are developed & delivered by some of the leading academics & practitioners from clubs such as Manchester United FC, Boca Juniors, Besiktas, Leicester City, England Football Association, Dynamo Moscow, Benfica, Porto, Major League Soccer clubs staff & many more, who are targeting all learners & students from a range of abilities and knowledge levels. The key courses delivered online within these unique, bespoke & accredited courses will include: Nutrition, Psychology and Mental Skills Training, Youth Soccer Player & Athletic Development, Soccer & Team Sport Training Methodology, Fitness & Conditioning Training, Tactical Analysis, Talent Identification, Goalkeeper Coaching Science and Injury Reduction & Return to Play.

Not only is the key to the partnership to develop club based staff from academy to 1st team as part of the in-house club development process, but there is the chance to be a part of an elite continued professional development & coach education strategy moving forwards.

According to the AmaZulu FC Director of Sport Science & Performance Joshua Smith, “I am delighted that we have been able to formalize this link with the ISSPF. I firmly believe that this will not only lead the club moving forward in terms of our continued education and training of staff from academy to senior level but will also allow for us to offer the community access to world class educational content.

As a club we pride ourselves on our relationship with the community, this link will allow for us to further our reach and empower those who dream of working in professional football. We will be compiling several bespoke AmaZulu/ISSPF diploma & certification courses that will provide aspiring coaches, scouts, trainers, and analysts with insight to not only domestic but international best practice standards. This is a fantastic initiative, and I am excited that AmaZulu can contribute to the football education revolution here in South Africa,” explains Smith.

The Educational possibilities provided through the courses are open to almost anyone involved in the game as Coaches, Managers, Strength & Conditioners, Sport Scientists, Physios, Medical Practitioners or Talent Scouts, and ideal to provide insights & additional qualifications as well as best practice to design and implement plans, and sessions with individual players and teams.

As a leading online Soccer education organization, ISSPF is not only seen as the trusted partner of elite, semi-professional, amateur and youth soccer clubs, international & continental federations, but also as key educational partners of schools, colleges, universities and training institutes worldwide.

In a statement from the senior management within the club, Marketing Director for AmaZulu FC Tlangelani Golele said, “We are proud to strike a partnership with ISSPF to bring our club staff, community & supporters the opportunity to access elite online soccer coaching & performance courses through the club affiliation. We hope this will inspire the development in our local region & country of the next top sport professionals.”

An official announcement on behalf of ISSPF confirmed the excitement of the partnership agreement with AmaZulu FC by saying, “We are delighted to become the official online educational provider and partner for AmaZulu FC. We really engaged with the opportunity to assist in the development of South African soccer coaches, performance & medical staff, in addition to the students and learners around the local community and country. The provision of our bespoke soccer related courses, across the coaching & performance development in the region is something we are proud to work together with for the progression of all individuals interested in enhancing their knowledge & career prospects. Our accredited courses cover a range of coaching interests from grassroots, through to the elite professional coaching level.”

The partnership program is already “live” and accessible for all individuals who want to begin their extended learning potential & study across these areas of the game.

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