17 August 2020
GK Foundation coaches making strides through CoachED
Durban – Amongst the graduates of the recent CoachED Cricket Online
Coaching Elite Accreditation programme was Kholekile Matikinca, while
fellow development coach Vuyani Parafini, backed by the Gary Kirsten
Foundation, is in the current intake of Elite Accreditation candidates.
Both coaches have come through the Gary Kirsten Foundation and play an
important role in coaching the next generation of Proteas stars.
Kholekile Matikinca has been a stalwart of the Langa Cricket Club and
has personified the relationship between the Gary Kirsten Foundation and
the township-based cricket hub.
Matikinca was elected as their player-coach in 2017-18 and has since
completed the CoachED Elite Accreditation course.
The 32 year-old jumped at the idea of taking part in the Elite
Accreditation course and found that he had to take in so much quality
“I knew that the Elite Accreditation course was going to be good, but it
was great,” Matikinca said. “There was a lot more to learn than I
expected but to be learning from the best minds in the game was
something you would not get anywhere else.
“I am using what I learnt already which just goes to show how good the
information and skills are that we were taught.”
Going into the course Matikinca was focused mainly on the skills that
came with coaching but found that he learnt more about the game of
cricket away from the skills aspect during the twelve weeks.
“Batting was going to be my main focus and it was a long module for us
but learning about the mental side of the game with Tom Dawson-Squibb
opened my eyes to other aspects of the game that are just as important.
“The team culture and environment module is something else that really
hit home and I learnt a huge amount from that,” he added.
Vuyani Parafini took part in the CoachED Accreditation course recently
and has now graduated to the Elite Accreditation.
He has come through the development coaching ranks and the 36 year-old
feels this is just the tonic that his career needed at this stage.
“The CoachED courses are really opening my eyes to the fact that I
thought I knew a lot more than I do!” Parafini said.
“I have been coaching for 20 years and through CoachED I realise that
the more you learn shows how much you don’t know.
"Just through doing the Accreditation course I realised that there is so
much more to the game and coaching that I need to learn."
From his days as a Grade 11 coaching at the Khayalitsha Cricket Club to
his days now with the Parklands High School First XI, Parafini believes
that the CoachED course will make him a far better coach.
“Just looking at the mental approach to the game I know that I can use
that in the township,” he explained. “The players in the township
understand the technical approach and are coached that but there isn’t
enough focus on the mental side of cricket.
“For me personally I feel it’s helped me learn about new aspects of
coaching as well as relearn things that I knew in a different way."
The next intake for the CoachED Elite Accreditation course has already
started the course and is fully subscribed.
For more information on CoachED and the accreditation packages that they
offer visit www.coachedcricket.com
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Parklands High School 1st XI coach Vuyani Parafini, who came through the
development coaching ranks with the Gary Kirsten Foundation, has just
enrolled in the CoachED Cricket Online Elite Accreditation course as he
looks to continue to grow as a mentor.
Langa Cricket Club 1st XI and Western Province age group coach
Kholekile Matikinca the
CoachED Cricket Online Elite Accreditation course provided him with
another crucial string to his coaching bow.
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