Cour­ses for ath­letes and coaches

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT -

THE Bestmed Madibaz Ath­let­ics Club, in con­junc­tion with East­ern Prov­ince Ath­let­ics, will present a se­ries of coach­ing cour­ses at the Daniel Pien­aar Tech­ni­cal High School in Uiten­hage next month.

Run­ning from Jan­uary 10-12, the se­ries – for coaches and ath­letes – will con­sist of cour­ses in three cat­e­gories. These will be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

One will be a clinic, over three days, for coaches and ath­letes.

In ad­di­tion, two cour­ses will be pre­sented for those who as­pire to be­come qual­i­fied coaches un­der Ath­let­ics South Africa (ASA).

Madibaz club ath­let­ics man­ager Nel­lis Bothma said there was a big de­mand for such much-needed cour­ses in the East­ern Cape.

“There is a need for stu­dents and teach­ers to be given a chance to at­tend such cour­ses, now avail­able in their own re­gion.”

Bothma said Madibaz Ath­let­ics was work­ing with EP Ath­let­ics to pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for coaches to learn the lat­est tech­niques.

“The course is open to any­one, with the main aim to pro­vide knowl­edge for coaches to im­prove our ath­letes across the board.”

The clinic would pro­vide 70% prac­ti­cal knowl­edge and 30% the­o­ret­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, he said.

“Coaches, who are not keen to do the ASA cour­ses, can at­tend this clinic – and ath­letes can en­ter in­di­vid­u­ally or come with other ath­letes or their coaches.”

He said the clinic was dif­fer­ent to the coach­ing cour­ses on of­fer.

Peo­ple plan­ning to at­tend would have to choose be­tween the coach­ing clinic, or ei­ther the ASA Level 1 or ASA Level 2 coaches’ course.

“The Level 1 course is for coaches and ath­letes who wish to ob­tain a coach­ing cer­tifi­cate from ASA, and is open to all,” Bothma said.

Coaches would re­ceive an ASA cer­tifi­cate if they passed the open­book exam, he said.

It will have four sec­tions – jumps, throws, sprints and hur­dles, and mid­dle- and long-dis­tance run­ning.

The min­i­mum re­quire­ments for the Level 2 course are hav­ing a Level 1 cer­tifi­cate, hav­ing coached for at least two years as a qual­i­fied Level 1 coach, and hav­ing coached at least two ath­letes who have com­peted in a na­tional cham­pi­onship.

“The Level 2 exam is more ad­vanced and will have a pass mark of 70%,” Bothma said.

The clos­ing date to en­ter for the cour­ses is Jan­uary 7.

En­tries for the Level 1 and Level 2 cour­ses must be sent to Hugo Baden­horst at hugo.baden­horst@lan­tic.net

The cost is R650, plus R300 for ac­com­mo­da­tion, if re­quired.

For the clinic, send names to Zirk Kemp, zirkemp@ya­hoo. com , or enie­mand@danielpi­en­aar.co.za. It costs R160 for coaches, R100 for ath­letes, and R300 for ac­com­mo­da­tion, if re­quired.

Pic­ture: MORNE CON­DON

SHOW­ING SKILL: Madibaz ath­lete Levert Pi­eterse prac­tises for a hur­dles race

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