The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) conducted 11 Oceania Sport Education Program (OSEP) courses last year in line with its Strategic Goal “to provide support for the development and growth of National Federations (NFs) and commissions through positive collaboration.”
Under the guidance of FASANOC’s Sports Education Commission, there was particular focus on addressing the Resurgence Pillar, "NF Capacity and Expertise Development."
In order to achieve its Strategic Goals FASANOC's Sports Development Officer Makelesi Bulikiobo said the 11 courses held during the 2019 period has been effective in various ways.
"We were fortunate that 26 out of the 40 registered NF's have shown interest in the OSEP Courses held last year," she said.
"Their interest has allowed for improved Governance and Administration of NF."
Makelesi said a number of NFs have implemented four year plans, operational plans, constitution reviews, Financial Operating Procedure and Standard Operating Procedures during these OSEP courses.
"The courses held last year included National Team Manager, Development Coach, Community Strength & Conditioning Coach, Development Strength & Conditioning Coach and Management In Sports Organisation Administration (MISO) which was funded and hosted by FASANOC's Women in Sports Commission.
"This has contributed to increased qualified coaches at Community and National levels and improved athletes’ performances at the Pacific Games and Commonwealth Games" she said.
"And we are yet to see the Tokyo 2020 Olympic athletes’ and coaches performances."
Makelesi said the increased NF participation in OSEP Trainings has been the interest by participants to evolve into better coaches and also inprove athlete performances.
She said the OSEP programme has reached a stage now where more NFs are requesting for more courses to be conducted for their members and/or executive Committee members.
"In the past years we were running after NFs to undertake the course," Makelesi said.
"For 2019 alone, we delivered 11 courses within a period of 7 months to 26 NFs of which three courses will be completed this year.
"Six out of eight courses completed last year had a 95 per cent to 100 per cent successful completion rate which is a huge achievement."
In an effort to increase its goal to support development and growth of NFs, Makelesi said the delivery of the OSEP courses for 2020 will be carried out on NF needs-based approach.
"FASANOC will place focus on strengthening the Olympic Team Fiji entourage through OSEP training and delivering National Team Manager courses to Team Managers and Coaches and Strength and Conditioning Coach courses to FASANOC’s Medical Commission to the Olympic Games and to any other Games in the future," she said.
"We will also deliver more Management In Sports Organisation Administration (MISO) Courses, Strength & Conditioning Coaching Courses, as well as increase the number of Educators (Es) and Master Educators (MEs) for the Strength & Conditioning Coach Course.
She said FASANOC hopes to develop a pool of MEs and Es for S & C courses to meet the demand from the sporting community.
"We are also extending our OSEP training programme delivery to the outer islands which include Vanua Levu, Gau and Ovalau.
"This year FASANOC has plans for Kadavu so we will be delivering OSEP S & C community coach course in Kadavu for the first time," Makelesi said.
"There is also a plan to deliver a Managing Olympic Sports Organisation (MOSO) course which is an Advance Sports Management Course in November that will continue to 2021."
She said this year FASANOC also hopes to increase number of women trained through OSEP courses.
The delivery of FASANOC's OSEP Courses is overseen by Kiliati Enterprises as its training provider to deliver OSEP trainer, coaching and administration courses to build capacity of those supporting the development and progress of athletes towards their dreams and aspirations.
FASANOC's Sports Education Programme is funded through support from the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Solidarity Programme and the Oceania National Olympic Committee.