Cyprus Sailing Federation (CySaF) hosted an ISAF Level 3 Technical Course for Performance Coaches from 7-13 December in Limassol, host venue of the 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Worlds.
The IOC Olympic Solidarity funded training was facilitated by ISAF Nominated Expert Rob Clark (GBR), assisted by 2013 ISAF Training Scholarship graduate Vagelis Atzemian (GRE).
The Level 3 course began with a focus on coaching techniques and how to identify and develop specific skills through a structured programme whilst also focusing on individual participant development, taking into consideration different learning styles applicable to varying competencies of the participants. Coach candidates were put through a number of both on and off-water activities designed to teach them a variety of ways to deliver both practical and theoretical sessions.
The course has been considered to be a great success with Cyprus Sailing Federation (CySaF) Technical Advisor Elena Papazoglou stating, "We had 10 coaches participating, from whom the 9 are active coaches and 1 is an active sailor and all the participants were very enthusiastic! From the beginning of the course both ISAF Experts managed to keep the interest of the coaches in a high level and this became more interesting when the theory became practice! The training at sea was great, giving to coaches the opportunity to put the theory into practice. The course focussed on the new coaching approaches aiming in developing the skills of the participants in Cyprus. The Cyprus Sailing Federation aims to develop our coaches at a very high level so that they can in their turn further develop young sailors into competitive Olympic and international standard athletes."
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Papazoglou, who is also a member of the ISAF Development and Youth Committee, continued, "The practical part of the seminar puts the coaches into the shoes of the sailor, obtaining the real feeling of their athletes and understanding the practical difficulties during the training sessions.
"The coaches are also given a self - evaluation skill, aiming to improve themselves through recognition of personal mistakes or omissions. Each coach has the opportunity to present a coaching session from the start to the end i.e. from the briefing until the debriefing. By receiving feedback from the rest of the coaches and the ISAF Experts the coach can self-evaluate and adapt new things in their coaching style. Our sailors in Cyprus will have in this way the opportunity to receive a higher level of training and in line with the examples of best training practices that ISAF provides. This seminar will also help the Cyprus Sailing Federation to create our National framework in line with the ISAF Coaching Framework. In the future Cyprus Sailing Federation will definitely try for the ISAF Accreditation of our National Programme."
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