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3 July 2013, 03:02 pm
Regional 'Sail Africa' Project Outline
Regional 'Sail Africa' Project
Regional 'Sail Africa' Project

ISAF Training and Development

Thanks to IOC International Sports Federation (IF) Development Funding, matched by ISAF, the Training and Development department has recently appointed a Regional Development Co-ordinator (RDC) to work with the ISAF 'Group Q' (Sub-Saharan) African Member National Authorities as part of the pilot ISAF 'Sail Africa' project.
ISAF has identified 7 Emerging Nations to benefit from this funding throughout 2013 - 2014 (Kenya, Angola, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mozambique and Seychelles) and have started communications with MNAs in order to arrange a number of development visits. The plan is to continue this programme with the other members in the region if the Pilot project is successful.

The role of Regional Development Co-ordinator sees Rob Holden (RSA), National Training and High Performance Manager of South African Sailing (SAS) as well as ISAF Nominated Expert, able to assist regional MNAs in the Development of National Sports Structures for Sailing.

In terms of his regional work with ISAF Rob Holden has the full backing from Rob MCrystal, President of South African Sailing, ISAF Development Youth Committee Vice-Chairman and recipient of the 2010 ISAF President Development Award. Mr Holden, a key member of the RSA National Sports Federations taskforce responsible for the implementation of the Long Term Participant Development (LTPD) and long Term Coach Development (LTPD) strategy in South Africa, also has the personal backing of the South African Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in working alongside other African Nations to develop their National structures in line with the International Sport Coaching Framework (ISCF) guidelines developed by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) with whom ISAF has been working for three years on the creation of a sailing specific 'Coaching Framework' due to be officially released later this year.

'Sail Africa' objectives:

Support new and emerging nations in growing the sport of sailing, Establish national sport specific frameworks in line with international guidelines; Develop National Sail Training Programmes in African MNAs; Train personnel to be able to deliver National Sail Training programmes; Identification of possible future venue for regional 'ISAF Academy' in Africa; Provide a link to ISAF training for Race Officials at National / International level; Enable more African MNAs to be able to host National / International competitions; Enable growth in participation of African MNAs at ISAF Competitions.

Newly appointed ISAF RDC Rob Holden explains the idea behind developing National Sailing Programmes in sub Saharan African nations through the 'Sail Africa' project, "Sailing in Africa tends to be based on traditional colonial structures where not much attention was given to the local population and in most African countries now there is very little left. Sailing has a huge amount to offer the people of Africa and they are excited at the prospect at becoming part of 'World' Sailing. To get sailing development going in Africa it is necessary to help each country develop a 'learn to sail' programme. We have identified seven countries to start with as most of them have some sailing structures which enable us to help develop these further. Most of these countries have concentrated on performance sailing in a small way and not on getting large numbers of people, especially Africans sailing. We will be helping them to develop the whole structure, starting with the grass roots participation programmes and then moving up to the high performance domain. We will be helping the MNAs in these countries develop their coaching structures in line with the ICCE International Sport Coaching Framework and ISAF Coaching Framework. We will also be Identifying one MNA per year where there are no structures in order to develop them into a fully functional MNA. For 2013 we have chosen the beneficiary of this particular area of development to be Madagascar."

International Sailing Federation Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers reflect on this latest development, "After three years spent developing a range of products the use of which will assist our members in both the initial setting up as well as further development of their National Training Programmes it is very rewarding for the entire Training and Development team that this work in Africa has been granted to go ahead. I have been very fortunate to work with some of the most passionate, positive as well as professional and experienced Sport Programme Developers and ISAF Nominated Experts who have given their time and energy to make this happen. I truly feel that ISAF has entered a new era of Development and it only remains to be seen how effectively the MNAs we have been working with since the department was created in 2009 use these resources to grow in the future."

For more information on all related ISAF Training and Development information including how to develop a National Training Programme specific to Sailing, please visit our dedicated website page www.sailing.org/training

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