Participants of the first National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 1 Certification clinic 26 to 28 June

The two international coaching certification courses recently hosted by the Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) have now been completed.

As part of a collaborative effort between the BOA and the Coaching Association of Canada, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 1 Certification clinics were held to try to raise the standard of local coaching and to provide a pathway for local coaches to achieve internationally-recognised certifications.

Director of the National Olympic Academy Dave Farmer says this innovative BOA partnership with the Canadian Coaching Association is “our first big step in providing an international coaching pathway and certification for our local coaches.”

Participants of the second National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 1 Certification clinic 17 to 19 July

A total of 101 participants (both current and potential coaches from a range of local sporting Associations and National Federations) attended the 18 hour clinics which were held at the Wildey Gymnasium from 26 to 28 June (44 attended), and at the Sir Hugh Springer Auditorium at the Barbados Workers’ Union from 17 to19 July (57 attended).

Led by three experienced Canadian instructors, Ron Weese, Jim Loughlin and Laura Watson, the clinics covered both practical and theoretical teaching from the Coaching Association of Canada including:

• making ethical decisions
• teaching and learning
• planning a practice, and
• resistance training.

Level 2 Coaching Courses are already being planned for next year to facilitate those who wish to continue their certification and to continue to broaden the local coaching perspective.

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