21 coaches took part in the ISAF Level 1 Technical Course for Coaches hosted by the Indonesian Sailing Federation from 20 to 24 September.
The course, funded by Olympic Solidarity, was organized at the Mercure Hotel, Ancol i n Jakarta. The 21 coaches from 10 of the 32 provinces of Indonesia were instructed by ISAF Trainer Tom Wilson, supported by Sam Usher.
This course is seen by many involved in sailing in Indonesia as the start of a new and exciting relationship between ISAF and the Indonesian Sailing Federation. The aim of the course was to help develop new coaches to promote grass roots sailing across the country, with the ultimate hope to develop sailing athletes for future international competition. The course provided coaches with knowledge and skills to enable them to get more beginners onto the water and engaged with the sport.
The ISAF Trainers took to the water each afternoon to put into practice theory covered in the morning, the Indonesian coaches taking it in turn to coach and sail. The ISAF team ran a selection of model sessions to demonstrate different ways in which sailing concepts can be delivered and coached.
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Despite the language barrier, there was a great buzz amongst the team of local coaches. ISAF is now going to work with the Indonesians to see how they can affect the sport of sailing within Indonesia and create the resources that will help as many of the 240,000,000 inhabitants gain access to the water.
There is a keen interest to develop the relationship further. Already looking into the future, there was some really positive talk about running a level 2 and 3 course in the near future. Enquiries have also been made for application for a place on the ISAF Training Scholarship for 2011.
For more information on sailing in Indonesia visit their website www.indonesiasailing.org
For full details of all ISAF Training Initiatives please visit our training pages www.sailing.org/training