Nigeria Olympic Committee Trains South West Female Sports Coaches, Administrators On Modern Coaching Techniques

ABEOKUTA – The Nigeria Olympics Committee in support with Olympic Solidarity on Thursday, gathered over 60 sports women across the southwest states of Nigeria in Abeokuta to train them on new trends in coaching.

Addressing the participants at the workshop held at the Continental Suite hotel, Abeokuta, the Secretary-General, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Tunde Popoola urged the participants to replicate the training on their athletes and students.

Popoola explained that, the workshop was directed at improving the capacity of the coaches and administrators.

He said the workshop would enable the coaches impact the rightful knowledge and training on the athletes in their respective states.

“At the end of the day, we expect them to be able to go out there to teach, impact knowledge to children, athletes, and those who are in the administration of sports in the country.

“We have new methods of imparting knowledge, which is what they will learn during this course. There are new ways, new styles of teaching, it’s a digital age, they will learn more in modern style, so at the end of the day, we expect to have more improvement.”

The NOC Secretary-General maintained that, the workshop shall be done across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He said all the participants would be certified by the IOC at the end of the workshop.

Also speaking, the fourth NOC Vice President, Mrs. Olabisi Joseph stressed that the workshop became necessary to equip the female coaches and sports administrators in the country.

She emphasized that, the workshop became essential for the women in sports to compete with their contemporaries at the international level.

“The Olympic solidarity and Nigeria Olympic Committee Women Commission led by Professor Adeyanju, it is necessary to ensure that we equip our female coaches and sports administrators. I do say that sports is a transformative tool to change lives, and the role of women in sports cannot be overemphasized.

“You will discover that recently, we’ve seen even our female athletes doing very well and we’re looking at the female coaches and the sports administrators to also be at par with any of their colleagues at the global level. And we say it is what you have that you can give. So, it is important to build capacity of women in sports, especially the coaches and the sports administrators and that is why the Nigeria Olympic Committee women commission finds it very essential.”

In her welcome address, the acting Director, Ogun State Sports Council, Mrs. Alade Oluwatoyin commended the NOC for choosing Ogun state as point of contact for the training.

Mrs. Alade assured participants that, Ogun state is ready to host the 2024 National Sports Festival with the right impetus and sporting facilities across the state.

She charged the female coaches to remain resolute and unshaken in their pursuit for greatness.

Other resource persons who spoke at the workshop are three times Olympian, Ms Bose Kaffo, Dr. Joy Mayaki and Ms Mbora Ikana.

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