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Jan Pruijn - New Head of Technical Affairs

Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce the appointment of Jan Pruijn as the Head of Technical Affairs at Ikamva.

He has agreed to a two year contract that will see him at Ikamva until August 01, 2010.

John Comitis the Ajax CEO said, The minute we realised the sponsorship of MTN I did not hesitate to secure the services of Jan Pruijn. He has a vast reservoir of knowledge about the latest developments of football and his appointment at Ikamva will once again raise the bar within our structures.

There is nothing like having first world input and experience at your doorstep. Our association with Ajax Amsterdam keeps us abreast of the developments of the world game but having Jan at Ikamva will ensure that we continually develop our coaches in accordance with the latest technical and tactical global developments.
By educating our coaches we indirectly educate our players and how better to prepare them for football at a higher level. Jan will also work with our scouts to ensure that players who come into Ikamva is of a high quality and fit the profile of an Ajax player.

Jan has worked extensively throughout the world teaching coaches and we hope to keep him here for a long time to come, concluded Comitis

Profile: Jan Pruijn
Jan holds a full coaching badge from the Royal Dutch Soccer Federation (KNVB), which allows him to coach at any professional level throughout the world. In this capacity, he travelled throughout the world to observe and work with many countries' most talented soccer players. Jan recently served as the head of the Ajax International Youth Development.

He was responsible for the establishment and organizational structure in the “AJAX-way” for branches in South Africa, Ghana, and Belgium. He also worked with players and coaches in Japan, Urawa Reds; China, CFA, Shanghai; Spain, Real Sociedad; Portugal, FC Porto; Switzerland, FC Basel; and several teams in England.

After his semi-professional football career, he started coaching at De Treffers F.C in 1985. Since then he has coached with professional clubs N.E.C. Nijmegan, Helmond Sport, The Royal Dutch Soccer Federation (KNVB), Lebanon F.A. National Youth Team, and A.F.C Amsterdam.

Jan has a long history and experience in running soccer camps all over the United States and Japan. At one of these camps he lectured over 500 coaches from 42 different states as well as countries like Canada, France, England and the Caribbean who attended the WORLD CLASS COACHING International Coaching Seminar at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City in the USA.