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5 September 2013, 03:40 pm
2013 ISAF Training Scholarship Underway
Left to right: Vagelis Atzemian (GRE), Ricky Robinson (RSA), Joe Chan (SIN) and Isaac Brown (BAR)
Left to right: Vagelis Atzemian (GRE), Ricky Robinson (RSA), Joe Chan (SIN) and Isaac Brown (BAR)

2013 ISAF Training Scholarship

The annual eight week ISAF Training Scholarship course is now underway.
Four of the five international candidates have arrived with a further to join once the correct visa has been issued. The training programme will finish on 25 October and the modules covered so far include:

- Introduction their MNA programmes.
- Introduction to the ISAF National Training Programme (NTP) guidelines.
- Introduction to IOC Olympic Solidarity funding programmes.
- Strategic Development Planning.
- International Sport Coaching Framework (ISCF).

Regular updates and a dedicated photo album are available on our Training and Development Facebook page here.

Joe Chan (Singapore) said of his first two days, "I am truly grateful to the Singapore Sailing Federation and the Singapore National Olympic committee for nominating me for this scholarship. I have come to England with great expectations for the ISAF scholarship. After two days here I feel that I will get more out of the scholarship than I expected. I know now that I will be able to learn and share best practices in sail training with fellow participants as well as from the many experts delivering the course. The connections that I will make during this course will definitely help me in my work as head of training and development for Singapore Sailing. I know for sure now that this course will assist me to grow sailing in Singapore as well as to develop Singapore into a centre of excellence for sail training in my region."

Ricky Robinson (South Africa) outlined his feelings at the start of the course, "The programme looks very thorough. I can see that it will be an intense eight weeks. I am very excited to see that we will be covering development programmes for dinghies, catamarans, keelboats, windsurfing as well as kiteboarding. There is a very exciting line up of experts who will be teaching us all the intricacies of developing a national programme specific to each candidate's own regional context. I look forward especially to seeing some of the workings of a few of the top sailing federations and seeing how some of their successful initiatives could be mapped over our existing programmes in South Africa to try find a best fit for our own situation and purposes. I would like to thank SAS and SASCOC for giving me this great opportunity, I am engaging as best I can with the course and will take as much value out of it as possible to benefit Sailing in South Africa."

Isaac Brown (Barbados) tells us what he is looking forward to, "Now that I am here my enthusiasm for the course has gone up exponentially, not just because of what we are to discuss, but more because of how the course has been described. Instead of what I expected of being told this is what you have to do, I was asked what is it that I feel needs doing. I'm excited to see how I can use the information and resources we will be exposed to over the next eight weeks to help me create an internationally accepted program that will allow much more interconnected and sharing of resources between MNAs around the world. I want to send my heat felt thanks to the Barbados Olympic Association and the Barbados Sailing Association and my wife (Marianne Brown) for helping this opportunity become a reality."

Vagelis Atzemian (Greece) tells us how he is likely to benefit from the training, "When I was flying to come for the scholarship, I didn't know what to expect. My background is full of competitive sailing and coaching and it was first time in my career that I would have to learn about development and administration. Now that I am here I see friendly experts willing to make me learn how to step forward and improve not only myself but also my federation to build something new strong and long lasting. This scholarship will give me the self-confidence to face the challenges of the sailing scheme in my country and try to modify it in new standards. I am really happy and I feel great appreciation for my National Olympic Committee that gave me this opportunity. I will do my best to fulfill their expectations."

Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager explains what the next steps are for the 2013 Scholarship Candidates, "Now that we have outlined the eight week 2013 Scholarship Schedule it is very much up to the individual candidates to identify the areas that will most help them to develop the National sailing specific Training Programme back home. With each existing programme being at a different level the candidates will have very different needs. The ISAF Nominated Experts that we have coming to work with the candidates will all be aware of this and look to tailor each course module to best serve these varying needs. This is the wonderful part of the work we do in helping a variety of nations to grow sailing; they are all different. I look forward to seeing how this years group get on during the next seven weeks."

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For all of the programmes and initiatives that have been developed by ISAF in order to help increase global participation in the sport, please visit our dedicated training pages here or contact the ISAF Training and Development Department here.
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