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ABOUT SASCA

WHO IS SASCA?
1) SASCA is the abbreviation for the South African Sports Coaching Association that was established on 8th June 2019 by SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee)
2) We are an independent NPC (Non-Profit Company) registered with CIPC in 2019
3) We are is the only multi-coded sports coaching professional body in South Africa
4) We were established to act as a vehicle for advancing the agenda of sport coaching in South Africa
5) We are a member of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE)

WHY WAS SASCA FORMED?
To enhance the integrity, relevance and standing of the profession of sports coaching, that will benefit athletes, participants and society by providing high performance service to our membership of sports coaching professionals.

To regulate, recognize and to ensure SASCA members are responsible and sign up to the Sports Coaching Charter to protect our athletes, sport coaches and citizens.

WHAT IS SASCA’S CORE BUSINESS?
SASCA strives to create an enabling high performance environment through its diverse system and culture that embraces four domains of sports coaching, namely: Children, Emerging, Community/recreational and Performance sport coaching personnel that guide the performances of athletes, participants and sports coaches to be the best that they inspire to be.

SASCA works in partnership with SASCOC and its members to compliment, enhance and provide quality assurance sports coaching programmes that will guide the athletes and teams preparing for all levels of participation in sport.

SASCA is the home for South African Sport Coaches and Sport Coach Developers. Our membership includes 2 Categories: Full Member and Associate Member.

i) As a Full member you receive a sports coaching designation and license to practice as a sports coach or sports coach developer.

ii) As an Associate member you receive an Associate member certificate if the entity is a Sport code (National Federation), Provincial Sport Confederation (PSC) or an entity of higher education, training institutions that connects with sports coaching programmes and sports coaching activities.

SASCA awards sports coaching designations in two streams of coaching: Sports Coaches and Sport Coach Developers as indicated in the South African Sports Coaching pathway. SASCA has eight (8) sports coaching designations in addition we cater for standard members that support the sports coaching industry as well as student members that are registered for sports coaching qualifications

SASCA provides its members with an endorsed license to practice as a sport coach or sport coach developer through its world class sport coaching programmes.

HOW WAS SASCA ESTABLISHED?
The delegates at the SASCOC General Council Meeting on 8th June 2019 resolved that an independent professional body must be established as reflected in the National Sport and Recreation Plan (SRSA-NSRP, 2011 and SASCOC, South African Coaching Framework, 2011).

SASCA will align to the global trends and SAQA’s professional body’s prescripts.

The guidelines and aims for this new organisation were first considered after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when Team SA won one medal, Khotso Moekoena’s long jump silver. The debriefing sessions held by the SA sports authorities and stakeholders discovered a major gap, which that SA needed a Sports coaching system and sports coaches must be given a voice and be recognized for their competencies with a license to practice as a sport coach.

The South African Coaching Framework (SASCOC, SACF, 2011) was launched after widespread consultation with Sport leaders and National Federations. The SACF launch was followed by the launch of the South African Sport for Life (SASCOC, SAS4L, 2012) and the South African Long Term Coaching development pathway (SASCOC, LTCD, 2012).

WHERE IS SASCA BASED?
We have a Board of members and support staff who are based around the country. Our base is the Olympic House, Melrose, and Johannesburg. In this digital age we have several virtual offices nationally allowing for accessibility and connectivity to conduct our virtual meetings online.