Over the years, Powerade has sustained its commitment to young South African sportsmen by providing them with the necessary platforms to achieve their ultimate sporting goals. In line with this commitment, Powerade has aimed much of its focus on school coaches in recognition of their role as primary influencers of the next generation of South Africa’s sporting heroes.
Sapna Naran, Powerade Brand Manager, Coca-Cola Africa, commented, “Powerade believes that by providing experiences such as the Powerade Performance Academies to coaches, born sportsmen will be introduced to the science of correct training and the benefits of hydration. This should in turn help enable them to reach peak fitness at the right time. We want to show our support of coaches by empowering them, through the Powerade Performance Academies, with knowledge of the best coaching practises from around the world, which they can now apply to the betterment of their players.”
“What a great insightful & informative day with some of the most knowledgeable individuals who are currently at the top of their game. The entire Powerade Performance Academy has been completely inspiring and I hope that I can use the tools provided at the academy to help not only myself as a coach but to also help my player’s and increase their sporting performances and inturn create opportunities for them to grow and compete at an optimal level”, says Alan Willows, performance coach from SACS.
“The Powerade Performance Academy is such a great concept, from a personal perspective I wish there was something like this around when I was a young coach. The guidance and support that these coaches receive will go a long way to help them grow as coaches and help their young athletes. There has been a great focus on high performance, and some really amazing endorsers speaking on a number of spheres. I have no doubt that the coaches will benefit in a big way, just a wonderful experience all around.”, explains Fabian Gregory, current head coach of the SA Men’s Hockey team.
The Powerade Performance Academy exposed over 40 coaches in attendance to international best practices including the latest in training and hydration information and insights tried and tested by some of the best international coaches from around the world, who included:
- Paddy Upton: current IPL Delhi Daredevils coach;
- Fabian Gregory: current head coach of the SA Men’s Hockey team;
- Zac van Heerden: former conditioning specialist and physiologist for Mamelodi Sundowns and the Portuguese National Football Team;
- Tom Dawson-Squibb: mental coach for The Stormers, Sharks, Ajax Cape Town and The SA ladies golf and rugby teams.
Key themes covered on the day included: leadership, physical conditioning and injury management, sports vision and the power of performance.
Powerade will host one further Performance Academy in Johannesburg/Pretoria at the end of August.