300 del­e­gates to at­tend SLIZ sum­mer camp

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

THE Sports Lead­ers’ In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe will this month hold the fourth edi­tion of the sports man­age­ment sum­mer camp in Masvingo with 300 del­e­gates ex­pected to at­tend.

The three-day camp will run from Novem­ber 24 to 26 un­der the theme “Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion En­hanc­ing Sport, Health and Well­ness”.

SLIZ di­rec­tor Rus­sell Mhiribidi said the top­ics were drawn from rec­om­men­da­tions by par­tic­i­pants from the pre­vi­ous camps.

“Each camp is dif­fer­ent be­cause we hold them as part of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes for sports peo­ple, we found out that the world over, they em­bark on these camps as part of that so that our lead­ers are kept in line with ex­ist­ing cur­rent trends in sport.

“What’s go­ing to be new is this course is that we have ac­tu­ally come up with top­ics that we have taken from what the pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pants from the pre­vi­ous win­ter and sum­mer camps rec­om­mended that they want to hear.

“We are not be­ing pre­scrip­tive, we are ac­tu­ally re­act­ing to a need,” Mhiribidi said.

Some of the top­ics to be dis­cussed dur­ing the work­shop in­clude cur­rent global trends in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sport, event man­age­ment and sport nu­tri­tion and ath­lete per­for­mance.

They will also look at the new prin­ci­ples, con­cerns and val­ues of the new curriculum, which em­braces sport as a key com­po­nent of ed­u­ca­tion.

“I think the high­light of the camp is go­ing to be the talk on event man­age­ment and the talk on sport nu­tri­tion and ath­lete devel­op­ment, those are go­ing to be our main high­lights.

“And in our coun­try we are now em­bark­ing on a new curriculum, it’s very im­por­tant that ev­ery­one who is in­volved in sport un­der­stands what the new curriculum is.

‘‘We are invit­ing peo­ple who will come to talk about the new curriculum from the Min­istry of Sport and the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion.

“But we also think that for the new curriculum to be a suc­cess it re­quires a lot of in­put from other stake­hold­ers in sport over and above the school teach­ers them­selves.

‘‘Even the uni­ver­si­ties must clearly un­der­stand it, even as­so­ci­a­tions and clubs of­fi­cials must un­der­stand be­cause the new curriculum deals with devel­op­ment of the ath­letes at their for­ma­tive stage. So ba­si­cally that is it,” Mhiribidi said.

The SLIZ di­rec­tor said they are hope­ful of a huge turnout as the event has con­tin­ued to grow over the years with del­e­gates from as far as Kenya, Tan­za­nia and Zam­bia ex­pected to be part of the camp.

“When we started we had only five par­tic­i­pants and 11 fa­cil­i­ta­tors. And we sol­diered on and I think the next camp had 45 par­tic­i­pants, then the next one had 89, so get­ting to 300 to 350 is no mean achieve­ment.

“I think the qual­ity of the prod­uct and the de­liv­er­ables that par­tic­i­pants get, prac­ti­cal stuff that is Zim­babwe-re­lated is what has been driv­ing the prod­uct and we are grow­ing both in num­bers and in qual­ity,” Mhiribidi said.

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