The 2011 ISAF Training Scholarship course has started, all of the candidates apart from one have arrived and the final coach is expected to join the course before the end of this week.
So far the candidates have had an introduction to the Rockley Academy in Poole, their main base for the next eight weeks and have met all of the local training team as well as ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers, who spent some time with the group alongside Rich Percy, Scholarship Coordinator, outlining the course and making sure that all of the candidates' expectations of the training were discussed.
Click here to meet the 2011 ISAF Training Scholarship Candidates as they outline their journey and what they would like to take from the course.
Rich Percy, co-ordinator, said, "This is just the start of the journey for these coaches. The hardest part of their new roles is yet to come when they return home to manage the new programmes that they will have developed during their time with us on the course. All of us involved in this programme will support each of them along their journey and wish them luck."
View a full interview with Rich Percy here as he gives some details on the course, some of the conditions the sailors faced on their opening day of powerboating in Poole and the next steps after they have completed the course.
Course Candidate Ririn Lewis sums up her journey from Coaching in Indonesia to the Scholarship, "I thought it is impossible for this to happen but it is now done."
If you or your ISAF National Sailing Federation would like to find out more about the Scholarship then visit our dedicated website page here
With specific training elements in Safety Boat training, SWOT Analysis, MNA development plan writing, Level 1,2 and 3 Coach, First Aid training, Presentation skills and a two day 'Managing Outcomes' workshop as just some of the modules on the Course the International team will be putting in some long days both on and off the water.
The 2011 Scholarship Candidates are as follows:
1. Mrs Dyan Puspito Rini (Ririn) - Indonesia
2. Mr Go Hashimoto - Japan
3. Mr Earl Tobias - Trinidad and Tobago
4. Mr Rodin Acosta - Trinidad and Tobago
5. Ms Anna Ólöf Kristófersdóttir - Iceland
Look out on both Twitter @connect2sailing and the dedicated ISAF Training Scholarship facebook page
for pictures and updates as the course progresses.
You can also find information on this Course from the ISAF Training Scholarship Facebook group and on the ISAF Website at www.sailing.org/training/scholarship
All of the related ISAF Training Initiatives can be found at www.sailing.org/training
For specific information on how your country can engage with ISAF and with help putting together funding applications for all courses please email Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager here