NAAZ up­grade coaches

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Cloud Fusire Sports Reporter

NA­TIONAL Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Tendai Ta­gara is con­fi­dent the 27 coaches who are tak­ing up an up­grad­ing course un­der the tute­lage of in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed ath­let­ics in­struc­tor Volker Her­rmann will help trans­form the sport in the coun­try.

The seven-day In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion Level Two coach­ing course be­gan last Thurs­day at White City Hall in Bu­l­awayo.

Her­rmann is a Ger­man High Per­for­mance Sports Con­sul­tant and was as­signed by the IAAF to con­duct the course.

IAAF Level Two course spe­cialises in sprints and hur­dles coach­ing with only Class One hold­ers al­lowed to take part.

Ta­gara said in­vest­ing in train­ing lo­cal coaches to meet global stan­dards will be the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pri­or­ity this year.

“We want to thank the IAAF for giv­ing us this op­por­tu­nity to host this course and as the NAAZ pres­i­dent, my phi­los­o­phy is that we must in­vest in coaches be­cause to­day coach­ing is sci­ence-based.

“Our ath­letes should to be han­dled by qual­i­fied and pro­fes­sional coaches so that they can be able to com­pete bet­ter at in­ter­na­tional level.

“As a coun­try we have a good record glob­ally of de­vel­op­ing top sprint­ers and hur­dlers such as Brian Dzin­gai and Ngoni Makusha who have raised our flag high. So we want to re­tain our sta­tus on the in­ter­na­tional map.

“I be­lieve that only if our young tal­ented ath­letes in our schools and uni­ver­si­ties are han­dled by trained and pro­fes­sional coaches we will reach our goal,” said Ta­gara.

Ta­gara added that he was pleased with the co­op­er­a­tion and com­mit­ment made by sev­eral stake­hold­ers and Gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions in the pro­gramme.

“We are sat­is­fied that among the 27 par­tic­i­pants, we have coaches from the po­lice, army and high schools who are train­ing with us. This is very im­por­tant be­cause most of our top ath­letes are em­ployed and learn­ing in these in­sti­tu­tions es­pe­cially pri­mary and sec­ondary school coaches are key in de­vel­op­ing and nur­tur­ing our cadets, youths and ju­nior ath­letes.”

Her­rmann be­lieves the coun­try has a lot in raw tal­ent which re­quires sup­port to at­tain full po­ten­tial.

“I be­lieve that Zim­babwe has a huge tal­ent in ath­let­ics, which needs sup­port es­pe­cially in de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture for them to use and be­ing ed­u­cated into some tech­ni­cal as­pects such as how to com­bine speed and strength as an ath­lete,” said Her­rmann.

The Ger­man said he will be ready to chip in should Zim­babwe need his ser­vices.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing work­ing and sup­port­ing Na­tional Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe in train­ing their coaches, the en­vi­ron­ment is very friendly and we will con­tinue to co­op­er­ate and work to­gether.”

Her­rmann is also ex­pected to hold sem­i­nars with school coaches coun­try­wide next week.

“We have asked him to have a faceto-face sem­i­nar with ma­jor­ity of our school coaches start­ing in Bu­l­awayo on Jan­uary 18 at White City Sta­dium. We are invit­ing all coaches from pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, uni­ver­si­ties and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in Mata­bele­land North, East, South and even parts of Masvingo and Mid­lands to at­tend the sem­i­nar.

“On Jan­uary 19 he will also in­ter­act with coaches from Harare, Man­i­ca­land and other nearer prov­inces at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium where he will also present pa­pers of coach­ing and have an hour of ques­tion and an­swers,” said Ta­gara.

Tendai Ta­gara

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