BULAWAYO Athletics Board in conjunction with Bulawayo provincial National Association for Secondary School Heads (Nash) yesterday began a four-day basic athletics coaching and officiating workshops at Gifford High School.
The courses that target secondary school teachers will run up to Saturday January 18.
Bulawayo Athletics Board secretary-general Dailes Bingadadi confirmed the courses to this publication.
“As Bulawayo Athletics board together with Nash, we are going to conduct coaching and officiating courses at Gifford,” Bingadadi said.
The coaching and the officiating courses will be conducted concurrently with the coaching lessons running from yesterday to Saturday while the latter will be done today and tomorrow Bingadadi said they were expecting schools to send teachers in numbers to the courses as they are aimed at improving sports in the province.
Schools are entering into an athletics season, thus the courses will equip teachers with coaching and officiating skills.
“The aim of these courses is to make sure that teachers at schools acquire those necessary skills in athletics, so that the sport can develop in the province. We are expecting schools to take advantage of such courses and send teachers in numbers so that they could develop athletes at a junior level. If schools are equipped with proper athletics skills, it becomes easy for the clubs and the province to have good athletes because all talent is identified at school level,” she said.
The courses might boost schools as they prepare to take part in the cross-country championships in Nketa a day after the end of the courses.
Bingadadi pointed out that the basic courses will serve as a stepping stone to those interested in furthering their athletic skills in Level One coaching or officiating courses.
“We are preparing them to go for National Level One coaching or officiating courses. It is our wish to see them moving a step forward,” she added.