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21 July 2010, 10:54 am
Olympic Solidarity (IOC) collaborates with ISAF on Training Scholarship Courses
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Olympic Solidarity (IOC) collaborates with ISAF on Training Scholarship Courses

The Olympic Solidarity Department of the IOC has recently agreed to collaborate with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) on its new Training Scholarship Courses.
Created by the ISAF Training and Development department with Training Partner Rockley International, this eight week course is designed for existing coaches, giving them the additional skills needed to run and develop a National Sail Training Programme in their home countries.

The IOC Olympic Solidarity department (OS) may support funding applications for the new ISAF course under the Olympic Scholarship's Sport-Specific Training Option for Coaches, which forms part of their World Programme for Coaches. ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) who wish to apply need to approach their National Olympic Committee (NOC) and request the relevant OS application.

The Scholarship course can also be funded whole or in part through private sponsorship or in conjunction with existing private / MNA or NOC funding.

Göran Petersson, ISAF President:
"ISAF places a very high value on the strategic development of its MNAs and this is a huge step in growing participation and creating a legacy for the sport."

The new Scholarship Course was piloted in early 2010, supported by the South African NOC.

Rob Holden (centre) with Rockley Internationals' Richard Percy (left) and ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers at the scholarship venue in Poole, UK.

Rob Holden, newly appointed National Training Manager for South Africa said:
"The information given to me during this Scholarship course will enable us to change the face of sailing in South Africa. With the support of ISAF the development of our new training programmes will increase sport participation and strengthen our sailing culture. I am sure that other countries will benefit from this innovative new scholarship."

Direct MNA Candidate Applications for the ISAF Training Scholarship should be made to Richard Percy at Rockley International - Email

The next ISAF Training Scholarship will start on the 6 September 2010. Places are already filling up and any MNAs wishing to put forward participant applications should contact their NOC as soon as possible to be in with a chance of securing NOC / OS funding or apply directly to the Training Provider, Rockley International if using private funding. For details on cost and a copy of the course outline please contact Rockley International. The two 2011 Scholarship courses will take place in March and September.

For information on this exciting new course and all of the other Training Initiatives that ISAF has on offer to its MNAs, including guidance on filling out funding application forms please contact the Training and Development Department training at or visit our website

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