The end of July saw a great flurry of activity for the ISAF Training and Development Department. During this time (25th - 29th July) the Mozambique Sailing Federation hosted an ISAF Level 3 Technical Course for Coaches in Maputo, delivered by ISAF appointed Trainers Rob Holden from South Africa and All African Games technical delegate Pedro Rodriguez from Portugal.
Specifically targeting the skills required to take established sailing coaches and help them develop the techniques to train racing sailors within their club, region or country, candidates from all across Africa were invited in order to bring a variety of existing knowledge and experiences to share with the group and the course.
Fifteen Candidates from Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan and The Gambia were able to make their way to the course. With se ISAF MNAs and 1 potential new national Federation represented on the course, it proved valuable for ISAF and growing its understanding of sail training and development in Africa.
With a balance between on the water and off water training the two ISAF Trainers worked closely with the coaches to work on all aspects of coaching from powerboat handling skills, briefing / de-briefing techniques, session planning, racing rules exercises, sailing instructions and notices of race, right through to sailing techniques and manoeuvres.
With ISAF now providing dedicated training resources for MNAs to use for coaches the candidates were keen to access more. A brand new ISAF Race Coaching Exercises and Dinghy Sailing Handbook publications due for release later this year the group had a chance to discuss the importance of coaching materials as tolls to deliver quality training.
ISAF Trainer Rob Holden said of the Mozambique Federation who hosted the course, "These guys are very keen and really want to develop the sport in a big way. Mozambique would like to run further Technical Courses in 2012 in order to keep the momentum. They have identified a potential National Training Manager and I believe he would be suitable to lead this new phase of development.
"With their plan to have the National Training scheme inspected by ISAF in 2013 this person would be an ideal Training Scholarship Candidate. The Federation is also keen to strengthen ties with South African Sailing (SAS), having been through the same process over the last 2 years. Getting regional competitions going on a regular basis and working with other federations is another idea they are keen to develop.
"They have some really good coaches here and you cannot help but admire their passion for moving forward."
Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager added, "I would like to thank all those at the Mozambique Federation for their hard work in organising this course and am very pleased with the number of MNAs that were able to have Coaches attending.
"The support shown to us by all of these members is what crucial in assisting us with the development of all ISAF training programmes. It is encouraging to see the thirst for training in Africa. It will no doubt bring measureable results to all involved. With the All African Games taking place in September it was hugely important for ISAF to run a course that would leave a legacy for those national federations involved. We all hope that the skills that the Coaches learnt will help them and their teams in the upcoming regatta.
"Since the course finished we have had a number of requests for support in applying for funding for further courses. This is great news and I look forward to working with our members in helping them access NOC funding to host their own development programmes."
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