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25 April 2013, 10:14 am
Solidarity Growth For ISAF Members
ISAF Training and Development
ISAF Training and Development

IOC Olympic Solidarity

ISAF is pleased to announce that six further Member National Authorities (MNAs) are to benefit from IOC Olympic Solidarity funding in 2013.
• Greece and Singapore have both successfully applied for funding through the World Programme for Coaches and will send candidates to take part in the 8 week long ISAF Training Scholarship programme this September.
• Madagascar, Vietnam and Fiji have all been successful with funding for Level 1 Technical Courses for Participation Coaches.
• Sri Lanka has had funding agreed for a Level 3 Technical Course for Performance Coaches.

Three out of the four MNA technical course applications were overseen by graduates from last year's Training Scholarship (Madagascar - Brice Jacobsen Andrinirina, Vietnam - Julia Shaw and Fiji - Salueti 'Lewa' Dimanaleba) , proving that the legacy of this particular development programme is far from short lived for the National Sailing Federation concerned.

With Courses already delivered and in the process of final preparations in Dominican Republic, Singapore, South Africa and the Cook Islands over 100 sailors / coaches will have so far benefitted in 2013 and with the current trend for applications, the total yearly number is set to increase dramatically on those recorded for 2012.

ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers said, "It is no secret that in any organisation it takes time for new programmes and ways of delivering a 'product' to be both understood and endorsed by the end user. Our Member National Authorities (MNAs), who are our key stakeholders in all ISAF strategies regarding worldwide growth in our sport are now more educated that ever in what is required for them to successfully grow sailing in their countries and ultimately worldwide. Through being dedicated to opening additional communication channels with our membership such as an annual Development Symposium, ISAF has enabled new and emerging members to develop sail training programmes designed to fit their National needs in a way that helps them fast track developments that would otherwise take years of effort to grow organically. Through better training resources, international guidelines and framework documents for everything from how to involve volunteers in day-to-day sailing club activity right up to creating a national Qualifications and Certification system for Sailing Coaches in line with International best practice, ISAF has it all to offer. We are very grateful to a dedicated team of Experts that have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Their passion and innovation has changed the face of international sail training for generations to come. I cannot wait to see how these programmes will grow over years."

All images from these course as well as all other training initiatives can be found on our dedicated Facebook page with general updates available through Twitter.

For more information on how your MNA could also host a technical course for coaches and Olympic Solidarity Funding go to the training pages of the ISAF website.

For more information on this or any other related issues please contact the Training and Development department.
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