Grassroots Football: Escola honours the Late Ted Dumitru
The birth of Escola Coaching cooperative limited in the memory of the late Ted Dumitru
After Escola Coaching Cooperative Limited hosted the late Prof Ted Dumitru and it became his personal experience of Maximal Training and Prof, it almost became an obsession to spread the message of Maximal Training at youth level.
“ I have been trying to establish a uniformed coaching and playing approach at various clubs I belonged to in the last 5/6 years. ”
“Not going to mention the clubs. I regard it as a failure of my coaching experience. All clubs’ leaderships rejected it.”
” I had relative success with the senior sides and under 19 sides I coached but I could never persuade all to embrace it. ”
Escola was established in 2013 based on the values, principles, etc of FC Bescolas at FC Barcelona, Hench the name, colors, logo, brand, etc.
” We are unashamedly Blaugrana inspired! Since 2013, inspired by Professor, I was busy mentoring some clubs and individual coaches. ”
“At the beginning of the year, it dawned on me that clubs are not ready to change, at least not the leadership. After meeting and engaging more like-minded younger coaches, we decided a few weeks ago to host a youth clinic based on the FC Bescola concept. ”
” We planned for 96-100 kids but we were swamped by 150! 10 coaches divided into 3x under 7, 3x under 9, 3x under 11 and 1x under 14+. I took an under 7 group. A lesson that Prof taught me and I am by no means the most qualified.”
” The senior coach focus on the most vulnerable group, under 7! We also invited a group of kids from Leeuwenkuil Farm, Agter Paarl.”
” As Escola, my wife and I take part in Social Justice/Jihad Against Poverty programs at Claremont Main Rd Mosque. We need to integrate our marginalized communities into a normal platform, where they share our personal, mosque spaces and activities. ”
” The kids enjoyed themselves and we hope to host a sports day for the whole farming community of Leeuwenkuil. At our clinic Tuesday (09August) we drew from different communities. ”
” Boys and girls from Fish Hoek, Tramways, Clyde Pinelands, Ruyterwacht, Kensington, Mitchells Plain, Athlone, Hanover Park, Vredehoek, etc all had their best coaching time ever.”
Training is based on Maximal Training, age specific to their cognitive development, destroying the one size fits all current mass participation approach.
Kids have fun and parents for once in their lives had a 2+hours exposure to proper integrated grassroots development.
” We ended it off with kids playing informal small sided games with no coaching and no rant, rave and swearing! A first for CT and a first for South African Football.”
” The first Maximal Training Youth Football Festival. Please check my personal facebook page as well as Escola Coaching Cooperative Limited for more action pictures.”
” Safe to say there’s lots more in store for Cape Town grassroots football! We planning more monthly clinics of this nature. We’ve had request around Cape Town. Some from Ceres, Hermanus and Upington.”
” We hoping to do elite programs for advanced youth players on a weekly basis as well as holiday coaching clinics. Escola also envisage to host Coaches Workshops association with Safca National to develop youth coaches.”
“We work independently and have no affiliation to quick fix short cut professional outfits.” he concluded