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17 March 2011, 09:17 am
Croatian Coaches To Benefit From IOC Funding Ahead Of ISAF Youth Worlds
IOC Olympic Solidarity
IOC Olympic Solidarity

IOC Olympic Solidarity
Zadar, Croatia

The ISAF Training and Development is pleased to report that the IOC Olympic Solidarity department has confirmed that the Croatian Sailing Federation will be able to have a Level 3 Technical Course for Coaches ahead of the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar thanks to over $11,000 USD in funding from their National Olympic Committee.
The level 3 Technical Course for Coaches aims to teach the participating coaches the basic understanding of the skill involved in Race Coaching. The candidates will all be competent sailors and racers who wish to pass on their skills and knowledge to up and coming racers.

Marko Misura, Head Coach of the Croatian National Team and Course co-ordinator said, "I am excited for the prospects that this course will give to our coaches. The plans are rolling along very well and having ISAF come to work with us here before the Youth Worlds will help us to provide better support for all athletes in July.

"The opportunity to host an ISAF Technical Training Course for coaches in Croatia is going to be great step towards us having our own way to build up a platform for a National Sail Training Program. It will be a great privilege for our coaches to get knowledge about new coaching models and styles.

"More than anything else, I am looking forward to see our coaches transferring new skills into knowledge and passing it to our sailors. In the near future I am hoping that we will develop an outstanding National Sail Training Program which will be recognized by ISAF, with hopes that our coaches will be able to work with ISAF to link to the International Council for Coach Education (ICCE), International Qualifications Framework (IQF) to get more recognition of the knowledge and skills of our coaches."

The level 3 course will cover the skills to run effective coaching sessions and includes practical workshops on

• powerboat handling
• land drills
• video skills
• coaching tactics and rules

With further theory sessions on:

• basic coaching
• learning styles
• psychology
• physiology
• Team management.

Hugh Styles, newly appointed ISAF World Youth Sailing Trust Head Coach and ISAF Trainer for this Technical Course said of the news, "The opportunity to help develop a high level of coaching expertise in Croatia is exciting. The coaches that will be taking part on the course will be able to add a great deal to all competitors at the ISAF Youth Worlds regatta in Zadar in July.

"ISAF is creating a legacy for the sport with an ever increasing number of MNA's joining in with these programmes. On this occasion, the support of the NOC gives the Croatian MNA the opportunity for their sailing coaches to benefit from current best practice coaching models and techniques, passing this on to both current and future generations of first time sailors and performance athletes alike."

Over the last two years the ISAF Training and Development Department has helped more than 15 member countries out of a total of 133 (MNA numbers correct as of March 2011) organise Coach training initiatives both at home and at the Rockley International Training Scholarship base in the UK , accessing a total of over $250,000 in funding from the IOC through National Olympic Committees (NOC's).

ISAF is working very closely with IOC Olympic Solidarity in helping Member National Authorities develop relationships with NOC's and for more information on how your national sailing federation can get the most out of IOC funding why not visit the related website page here.

If your country would like to discuss future courses or for information on the Technical Course outlines then have a look at the specific Training pages on the ISAF website here.

For more details on how your MNA could benefit from the legacy of this IOC funding contact Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development manager direct here.

Full details for the ISAF Youth Worlds can be found on our dedicated web page here.

The ISAF Youth Worlds Facebook page will be running regular stories in the build up to the main event. If you have not already visited the page then you can do so here.
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