Representatives from 14 ISAF Member National Authorities and a number of ISAF Classes including two Olympic Class representatives have confirmed that they will be meeting in Muscat, Oman for the 2013 ISAF Development Symposium frin 13-14 April 2013.
The international delegates, chaired by event organiser ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers will be supported by a group of ISAF representatives such as Vice President Nazli Imre, Development and Youth Committee Chairman Olivier Bovyn, ISAF nominated experts and invited guest speakers.
ISAF Secretary General, Jerome Pels said of the Symposium, "I am pleased that the ISAF Development Symposium, which is designed to work with all of our Member National Authorities, is able to continue the good work of last year's event with the 2013 event in Oman and help ISAF develop a set of criteria and future strategy for the areas of responsibility of the Training and Development Department."
A statement (shown below) was presented by the Development and Youth Committee intending to make clear to all how ISAF was wishing to work with its members to grow sailing and enable them to better deliver National Training Programmes in all disciplines.
'Our future strategy is based on three core requirements:
1. To fulfil the obligations set out in the ISAF Constitution to develop the sport and to
2. To meet the expectations of the IOC to provide a structure and mechanism for the
sport to grow through growing our members and thus the number of participants and
ultimately continuing with strong Olympic Status.
3. To provide support to our Members in order to meet their obligations to grow the
sport of sailing in their countries.
The role of ISAF is as a facilitator. Our Members must deliver the outcomes, they are our sailing communities. The current ISAF Strategic Plan requires us to deliver support to our MNA's to meet the core requirements and the Training and Development Department was created to fulfil this need.
Training is the key that will unlock and secure the future for our sport. Our programme is addressing the fundamental resources needed by our current MNA's and the new members we must attract to be able to bring more people to our sport and to grow strong, sustainable foundations for the future.
We are doing this by:
• Providing the generic reference material and tools to help our members make the
decisions to set up and deliver their own National Sail Training Programmes.
• Providing fast track direct training support for the Coaches needed to run these
• Providing and IOC supported and funded programme Through the ISAF Training
Scholarship to train National Training Managers, the people who will run the MNA
• Providing the framework and resources for MNA's to have accreditation for their National Training Programmes that will recognize 'fit for purpose' international quality standards.'
It was agreed by the ISAF Council in 2011 to accept the Development Symposium as a forum where detailed feedback on agreed training specific submissions could help create criteria that would be submitted to the ISAF Executive and Council at the following Mid-year meeting.
This years agenda includes:
• The work of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) in creating a Global Sports Coaching Framework (ISCF).
• Coach Development - ISAF Training Scholarship and Technical Courses for Coaches
• Examples of National Training Programmes from our hosts at Oman Sail as well as other invited MNAs.
• Discussions on the definition for the appointment process of ISAF Nominated Experts.
• Future development of ISAF Training Resource publications
• Regional Development Initiatives - 'Sail Africa'
• Discussion topic - 'Women in Sport'
• Equipment - Making choices for national sailing participation pathways
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If you or your country wish to know how you could benefit from any of the programmes that ISAF is engaged in delivering to develop the sport of sailing globally then please contact
our Training and Development Department.