Sunderland AFC’s Graham Robinson has visited the Shinyanga Region of Tanzania as the club continues to invest in coach education as part of its partnership with Acacia Mining.
Following on from his earlier visit in the week to Dar es Salaam, Sunderland’s Head of International Football Development has continued the club’s effort to improve community football in Tanzania.
The Sunderland coach has been leading Acacia’s dedicated CSR programme this week at Mwendakulima Secondary School, near the Buzwagu mine, and has been pleased with the progress and dedication shown from the 29 participants.
Graham said: “We have a great mix of experience, knowledge and expertise on this course with the participants from multiple backgrounds including school teachers, local coaches and a Kahama District Sports Officer.
“What has been great is that they have all been aiding each other with their key strengths and have shown real teamwork for what is a very physically demanding and mentally tough course.”
The programme has seen the participants take part in delivering dribbling and passing sessions as well as attacking and defending, with coach education classes taking place to teach them a code of conduct in what makes a good coach.
Graham added: “I have been really impressed with the respect and engagement of the participants towards me firstly but more importantly the planning of their sessions has been methodical, ensuring that training has been faultless.”
Sunderland AFC’s football partnership with Acacia Mining has seen the club support the organisation’s CSR programme, delivering the club’s globally recognised community sports initiatives to community sites across the north-west region of Tanzania.
Acacia Mining’s Vice President Corporate Affairs, Deo Mwanyika, said: “We all know how important sport and particularly football can be for helping to develop key life skills and we will, with Sunderland, develop a group of young coaches who will help ensure that grassroots football flourishes and continues to impact young girls and boys in the Lake Zone for years to come.”