Staff ReporterActive Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (Ayise) has engaged at least 50 coaches in Blantyre in a week long course on nurturing talent while instilling good behaviour in the youth.
Dubbed Sports for Youth Development Training, the course is facilitated by Confederation of African Football (CAF) instructor Karen Chawula and it started on Tuesday at Bangwe Youth Centre.
“We realised that most local former soccer stars die poor not necessarily because they were not getting enough money at the peak of their careers, but because of poor background and failure to manage their fame,” said Ayise executive director Marcel Chisi.
“Therefore, we have organised this training so that the coaches can learn how to help the youth grow without being hindered by their poor background.”
Guest of honour at the opening ceremony, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) liaison officer James Sangala, who is also former Flames defender, hailed Ayise for introducing the training, saying the country needs responsible personnel to guide the youth.
One of the participants, James Namondwe, said he is happy that he will now have special skills to help the youth grow with proper manners.
According to Chawula, topics covered include personal, family and community values, personal money management, planning for the future, managing fame, drug and substance abuse and personal health and hygiene. n