With participants representing three Sudanese Sailing Clubs and representatives from the Sudan Canoe and Rowing Federation also present, the last ISAF Technical Course of 2010 proved a huge success for all involved.
Newly appointed ISAF Trainer Emrah Surmen, the Turkish Sailing Federations National Training Manager, and Treasurer of the Sudan Sailing Federation M. Hadi Karim, a former ISAF Level 2 Technical Course candidate worked together and in record time to organise this event. The IOC informed ISAF only a month before the course that the funding had been successful. The success of projects like this is very much down to the expert liaison of the Sudan Sailing Federation contacts and the ISAF nominated expert.
This course is considered by the Sudan Sailing Federation to be the first specifically aimed at training participation related 'public trainers' and the opportunity gave 30 students the chance to be part of a national initiative to unify all clubs in Sudan to a National Sail Training Programme.
The clubs that sent Coaches to the event were the Blue Nile Sailing Club, the Sea Scout Sailing Club and the Marina Club and, with high quality training ideas being developed, the Sudan Canoe and Rowing Federation was represented in order to benefit from the topics that were covered in the five days of Training.
The objectives of the Sudan Sailing Federation were simple:
1. To understand the training guidelines being exported by the International Sailing Federation.
2. To make use the Teaching Resources being developed by ISAF and the Trainers.
3. To see 'modern' methods of training through both practical and theoretical sessions.
4. To have the level of their National Participation related Coaches assessed by the ISAF Trainer in order to have an idea of the criteria for joining in with International Standards of sail training delivery.
5. To help make safe and successful training courses in all weathers, places and in all types of boats available to everyone in Sudan.
M.Hadi Karim said in his concluding statement that:
"The standard of the Training on the course under ISAF supervision and organised by the Sudanese Olympic Committee is considered a real sport accomplishment and special for Sudan as these new Coaches will prepare a generation of participants that will specialise in sailing and this in turn will influence the future of Sport in Sudan."
He concluded that:
"Sudan would like the support of ISAF as sport here moves into the future and from the viewpoint of the sailing federation, we will look to having a Level 2 Technical Course soon."
This was the first such course for new ISAF Trainer Emrah Surmen who, recently graduated from the ISAF Training Scholarship. After completing the Scholarship course, Surmen returned to Turkey to take up a new appointment as National Training Manager.
Emrahs report to the IOC said:
'The candidates were very, very keen to learn which made for a good progression on the course. The Sudanese people were very friendly and nothing was too much for them. They will most surely benefit from a follow up Level 2 Course as sailing has obviously become an important part of sport in the country.'
The combined results of ISAF Training Scholarship Graduates running ISAF Technical Courses as ISAF Trainers and MNAs hosting Courses that will create awareness for the National Olympic Committees and Sport Ministries is all a part of the larger strategic plan developed by the ISAF Training and Development manager, Dan Jaspers, and the Development and Youth Committee.
All ISAF MNAs have the opportunity to get involved with the ISAF Training Programmes and are invited to get in contact with ISAF by either going to the ISAF Connect to Sailing Facebook page, by following us on Twitter or by emailing the Training and Development Department directly here.