He said the country has much potential to do even better if players trained harder. Henderson was speaking at the closing ceremony of a 12-day coaching course where 63 coaches graduated in Level One and Level Two. Half of the coaches were teachers.
The Kiwis mentor said all Botswana needed to do was to follow countries like New Zealand that "are doing well" and learn few lessons from them. The course that was split into two groups of amateurs and seasoned coaches was meant to equip them with the latest rules of the game. Henderson said he was impressed with the level of commitment some officials showed during the course. He hoped that the knowledge that he imparted to them during the workshop would go a long way in developing softball locally.
Course organiser, Elsie Kenosi said the time for the workshop was long overdue because the last time that such a course was hosted was about eight years ago. Kenosi said they brought coaches from all regions of the country and hoped that they will share the knowledge with players.
Kenosi said it was also imperative for teachers to equip students with skills at a tender age because schools feed national teams. "When students are given knowledge at a young it will be easier to deal with them when they join national teams," she said. One of the participants, Sarah Barongwang, the Under-19 girls team coach who did not have any coaching qualification, said after the course she believes she will be a better coach.
She also thanked the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) for hosting the course for them, saying it was important that their knowledge "is rekindled" from time to as they tend to forget basics as they grow older in the game. Tlhobogang Dimakatso noted that he knew most of the things taught during the course but did not take them lightly.He too believes that after the course he will be a more serious trainer.