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and qualifications. Giant steps have to be taken by provincial and territorial governments towards the implementation of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), said leading international keynote speaker Dr. Istvan Balyi, a renowned coaching educator and LTAD advisor to sport coaches and the UK National Coaching Foundation. Balyi’s work has created new international trends in LTDA. Balyi noted the vast amounts of talent and expertise we have in South Africa, and said it has to be managed more effectively to ensure advancement in sport. His paper focused on the important role coach education plays in LTDA, starting with endorsing the concept of LTAD. The same level of support must also come from municipalities, recreation centres, schools, and clubs. Acceptance of LTAD provides the basis on which future development of athletes can be planned and implemented, he said. However, in order to implement LTAD in Africa, we need to develop a general African LTAD to help change the culture of African sport, he said. A review of the education of coaches in each sport code is necessary, based on LTAD factors and objectives. Athletes with disability should be included in this. “Another important aspect is to incorporate fundamental activities into sportspecific sessions for younger children, especially during warm-up and fun activities,” said Balyi. He also recommended greater cooperation between sport organisations, coaches, and teachers in the scheduling of sessions and competitions. A South African perspective was provided by Dr. Rendani Mulaudzi, the Deputy Director: Tuks Sport, at the University of Pretoria. With 18 years’ experience in sport management at university level, tasked with the training of sport science students as coaches, Mulaudzi discussed how perceptions could be turned around with regard to the development of sport leaders for Africa. Dr. Anthony Kirkbride, director of the CSIR Sports Technology Centre, provided insights into how technological innovations can help coaches to analyse performances. Some other aspects of coaching that were discussed at the conference included: socio-cultural, philosophical and psychological aspects of sport coaching; legal responsibilities of sport coaching; sport performance analysis and evaluation; challenges of sport coaching in a globalised world; sport coaching in developing countries, coaching in depressed economies and in conflict zones. A pre-conference workshop was organised by SASCOC and a resolution was taken to establish a national coaches commission, (see box). According to the vice-president of the ICCE, Steve Noi, who has a long history of involvement in sport coaching, the aim of the conference was not to change any sport policies in the country, but to add more value to the knowledge and image of sport and coach education in Africa. He further said that coaching in South Africa will not be the same again because of the quality of presentations and
International expert Dr. Istvan Balyi stressed the importance of long-term athlete development.

Creating the best sport coaches in Africa


It is essential that coaches should be trained to implement long term athlete development, delegates to a historic international conference of the International Council for Coach Education heard. It was the first such conference held in Africa and has been hailed as an event that will forever change coach education and training on the continent, reports MISHACK MAGAKWE


ays in which sport coaching and education can be improved in Africa came under the spotlight during an international conference on Sport coaching in the 21st century — Bridging the gap between theory and practice, held in Pretoria at the end of last year. The conference was held under the auspices of the International Council for Coach Education (ICCE), a non-profit international organisation with the mission of promoting coaching as an internationally accepted profession. It was a collaborative effort between

the ICCE, Tshwane University of Technology (hosts), SRSA, the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, and SASCOC. The theme was chosen in an attempt to address the current issues in coaching and suggest possible solutions. As the coaching of athletes becomes more complex due to scientific and technological advances, the need for adequate and thorough training of coaches is imperative. Sport is highly competitive, therefore keeping up with trends is essential. The conference attempted to show how coaches can make best use of science

and, furthermore, provided a forum that gave them the opportunity to effectively combine theory and practice in order to improve the performance of their athletes. One of the two prominent international speakers invited by SASCOC was Dr. Ladislav Petrovic — vice-president of ICCE Europe, director of the Institute of Coaching and Sport Education in Budapest, as well as the secretary-general of the European Network of Sport Science, Education and Employment (ENSEE). He explained the ICCE’s Convention on the recognition of coaching competence

information shared at the conference. “This is an event that has never happened in Africa before and I consider it to be a historic occasion for Africa, and South Africa in particular. The opportunity is now wide open for Africa to take its place in the world of coach education. The hosting of this conference in South Africa at TUT should be regarded as a huge milestone and all avenues must be explored for the benefit of the country. The mileage given to the country and the stakeholders cannot be measured in monetary terms, but has surely made an impact on coach education which can never be taken away,” he concluded. YS

coaches commission gets to work
The recenTly created SASCOC Coaches’ Commission got off the ground with a very successful workshop held during the same time as the International Council for Coach Education (ICCE) conference hosted by Tshwane University of Technology in October 2008. SASCOC assisted coaches from various national federations to attend the workshop. The cost of the 19 priority sports code federations were borne by SRSA as part of its commitment to improving high performance sport. In total delegates from 34 national federations attended. The Coaches Commission has three commissioners: Edwin Bennett (chairperson), Wilfred Daniels and Dr. Jannie Nel. The Coaches Commission is planning its second workshop with national federations for February/March 2009. YS

choosing South africa
The InTernaTIonal Council for Coach Education (ICCE) held its first continental conference in Africa late last year at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), with the purpose of exchanging information and accelerating positive change in coaching development on the continent. Another reason for hosting this ICCE conference in South Africa was the fact that we are known to have one of the
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best sport structures in Africa, with highly qualified and experienced sport personnel, that includes coaches, scientists and researchers. It also made economic sense to bring the experts to the audience in Africa. Furthermore, two ICCE board members reside and work in South Africa which made it easier to organise the event. The Conference was a collaborative effort that included the Tshwane University of Technology (hosts), the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture (hosting

the gala dinner, assisting 30 provincial coaches to attend, logistical support) and SASCOC (inviting international speakers and assisting 50 coaches from South African national federations to attend the conference) and SRSA, who assisted coaches from 19 priority sporting codes to attend the conference and made it possible for Dr. Istvan Balyi, a renowned coaching educator invited by SASCOC, to attend the conference as part of an exchange agreement between South Africa and Canada. YS

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