With almost three weeks of hard work under their belts since they arrived in the UK, ISAF caught up with the first official group of Training Scholarship Candidates to see how they are progressing with their training.
The MNA's of the course candidates, Emrah Surmen (TUR), Jin Young Hong (KOR), Orestes Reyes (PER) and Taua Elisa (COK) have all received financial support from their National Olympic Committees through Olympic Solidarity.
What is included in this unique course?
With course specific training elements in safety boat training, SWOT Analysis and MNA development plan writing, Level 1 dinghy coach, first aid training and a two day 'Managing Outcomes' workshop, the international team has put in some long days on and off the water.
Last week saw the group make two visits to the PSP Southampton Boat Show, kindly arranged by Peter Gordon, Managing Director of Rockley and Director of the British Marine Federation. One whole day was spent meeting the ISAF Connect to Sailing Partners and an afternoon to make new industry contacts and source information on technical products that will help them develop facilities at sailing clubs and training centres upon their return back home.
Alex Dixie of PSP met Scholarship team and said, "This is a fantastic opportunity to meet those responsible for developing National Sail Training Schemes overseas. As an ISAF Connect to Sailing Partner and Official ISAF Logistics Provider we are committed to help ISAF Members by providing a world class logistics service that is tailor made to suit each need. Without Initiatives like the Training Scholarship we would not as effectively be able to increase the services we offer. All of us at PSP wish them all the best on their course."
As the eight week course gathers momentum, the candidates will join International Catamaran Trainer Brian Phipps at his performance training facility near Falmouth, Cornwall as well as visiting a local Maritime Museum to see where some of the culture of sailing in the UK originated. This is followed on the weekend of the 25 to 26 September by a Level 3 Race Coach training course, run at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition venue of Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.
The candidates will spend the next two weeks will look at management skills and attend an internationally recognized Chartered Management Institute module on 'Managing Partners Expectations'. They will consider the role of the inspectors and running Nationally Accredited training centres within a Sail Training Programme.
Taua Elisa from the Cook Islands, Course Candidate and 2012 Laser hopeful says of this experience, "The chance to get coaching and sail on the Olympic Venue is something that I am very excited about. This Training Scholarship is exactly what the Cook Islands and the rest of us countries out there that haven't had the right direction in the past need to move forward. We have only been learning for three weeks but it feels like I've been here a whole year! There is so much information the Trainers are sharing with us."
More information on the second half of the Scholarship will follow soon.
ISAF will be hosting two Training Scholarships each year and is now inviting nominations and applications for the March 2011 course.
If you are interested in joining the ISAF Training Scholarship or if you know someone who may benefit please contact Richard Percy at the Rockley Training Academy.
You can also find information on this Course from the ISAF Training Scholarship Facebook group and on the ISAF Website at www.sailing.org/training/scholarship
All of the related ISAF Training Initiatives can be found at www.sailing.org/training
For specific information on how your country can engage with ISAF and with help putting together funding applications for all courses pleaseemail Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager.