FASANOC continues its strategy of capacity building within the National Federations hosting an OSEP Development Coaches Course with 15 participants targeted as potential coaches for the 2023 Pacific Games
Fiji Association of Sport & National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) continuing its strategy of building capacity within the National Federations hosted an Oceania Sports Education Programme (OSEP) Development Coaches Course held last week (15th to 20th August, 2022) with 15 participants targeted as potential coaches for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
OSEP Educators from Kiliati Enterprise included Master Educator Lemeki Savua and Educators Saiasi Bose and KumOn Tarawa worked with coaches to apply what they learnt over the week long course.
"This included coaching roles, practices and processes, functional roles and principles and the importance of periodization, planning and Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)," said Master Educator Lemeki Savua.
Lemeki said coaches should never stop learning as it was important to stay relevant, current and fruitful.
He said it was important that Coaches not only be well informed but also be innovative and think outside the box in the management of their athletes and teams.
"It is also important that coaches adapt to different ways of coaching and training especially with all the advancements and challenges they face in sport nowadays."
He said it was important that coaches and managers are kept up to date with the rest of the world in terms of sports innovation and training techniques.
Fourteen coaches from nine National Federations attended FASANOC’s OSEP Course in a first of a series of courses targeted at the entourage of Team Fiji to the Pacific Games in Solomon Islands in November 2023.
Coaches were from the sports of Archery, Beach Volleyball, Outrigger, Rugby League, Swimming, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Touch Rugby.
The coaches were nominated by their National Federations and FASANOC sincerely thanks the participants for taking a step up in their coaching careers in their efforts to bring the best out of their athletes as Team Fiji aims for a top three finish at the 2023 Pacific Games.
Earlier this year coaches and team managers underwent OSEP accredited courses to standardise the expertise of Managers and National Coaches serving Team Fiji.
"We would prefer that coaches take the OSEP Courses every four years to ensure current trends and programs are updated," Lemeki said.
The OSEP courses are recognised internationally by the International Olympic Committee who through its Olympic Solidarity arm, fund the courses.
FASANOC Chief Executive Lorraine Mar said the objective of the OSEP courses are twofold.
"The first is to ensure the entourage accompanying the athletes understand their roles and responsibilities in supporting the athletes in the lead up and during Games times," she said.
"The second is to ensure standardization across sports so that they apply the learning's for their own development and competitions both locally and overseas."
Team Fiji will hope to participate in 28 of the sports that will be on the 2023 Pacific Games programme which includes: Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Basketball, 3x3 basketball, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Football, Beach Soccer, Futsal, Golf, Hockey, Karate, Netball, Outrigger canoeing, Powerlifting, Rugby league nines, Rugby sevens, Sailing, Swimming, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball, Beach volleyball and Weightlifting.