The 2019 edition of the ZAMCOACH360 and ICCE Coach Developer Training was held from 29 April to 3 May in Kafue, Zambia themed ‘Facilitating Learner-Centred Coach Development’.
The training attracted 15 participants from Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia representing Volleyball (including Para-volleyball), Football, Judo, Basketball, Rugby and Athletics. The programme aimed to provide the coach developers with key learning principles and tool that will enhance their efficiency in developing and supporting coaches in their individual contexts.
The training was facilitated by Pelle Kvalsund (Consultant for Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport), Dr. Hakibwa Chipande (Lecturer at University of Zambia) and Dr. Larissa Galatti (Sport Professor at UNICAMP, Brazil).
The opening ceremony was attended by Mrs. Bessy Chelemu, Director of Sport at the Ministry of Youth Sports and Child Development (MYSCD) and Zambia’s NOC President Alfred Foloko whom both shared their appreciation and needs to develop Coach Developers skills. They also emphasized the need to encourage active participation and information exchange within coach development both on and off the field. Chelemu shared that the Zambian national sport policy advocates for quality training of Coaches, and that this training compliments national efforts to develop highly trained coaches. She added that Zambia is very proud to be the first country in Africa to host Coach Developer Training recognized by the International Council for Coaching Excellence.
In addition to focusing on important learning principles and the importance of translating the learning into relevant contexts, the participants also had a session with Nchimunya Mweetwa (Former Zambia National Football Team Player who was banned by FIFA for match fixing). This session focused on sport ethics and the importance of Coach Developer work to develop coaches embedded with integrity and character.
Zamcoach360 coach and the National Sports Council of Zambia would like to thank the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (supported by Olympic Solidarity), ICCE and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) for the support hosting this training once more, and looks forward to the second week of training later this year.