Ghanaian athletic coaches lack theoretical basis

KpngIT has been realized that most athletics coaches in the country are only good in the practical aspect of the sport than the theory.

This was noticed at the end of a 10-day training course for athletic coaches, organized by Ghana Athletic Association (GAA) in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to train coaches in level 1 technical course.

The course was handled Mr. Abdul Karim from Gambia and Dr. Ezra Gunen from Nigeria.

Dr. Gunen noted that the coaches were well vexed in the practices which he said was good but urged that they should blend it with the theory.

He said most participants performed well in the practical exam conducted at the end of the course but failed in the theory.

According to Dr. Gunen, he was not surprised at the results at the end of the course; a trend he admitted was common with West African coaches.

He said 70.2% of the participants passed the exams conducted at the end of the training but are not eligible for the level 2 course while 29.2% failed the exams.

He urged the coaches not to loose hope but work hard to attain the level 2 and the other levels of coaching in the sport.

He said the course was meant to prepare coaches in the primary education sector to train children between the ages of 6 – 13years.

Participants were trained in the principles of training, motivation, fundamental characteristics of children and the kids athletics programme.

Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Mr. Joe Kpenge bemoaned the fact that the country could not compete at the higher level due to lack of the theoretical knowledge of the sports.

He then called on the coaches to ensure that they are well trained in the theoretical aspect of the sport to help train athletes adding that “we are counting on you to bring up athletes”.

He added that coaches should upgrade themselves in the skills of the sport to help improve the game in the country.

President of GAA and GOC Mr. Francis Dodoo said the association would continue to create opportunity for training to help the coaches upgrade themselves.

He added that the course was applied for because coaching bottlenecks was a problem and his outfit was eager to remove those bottlenecks.

He said his outfit would monitor the activities of the coaches at their various institutions just at the athletes are monitored

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