THE athletics basic coaching and officiating courses conducted by the Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB) in conjunction with National Association for Secondary School Heads (Nash) at Gifford High School ended on Friday.
BAB secretary-general Dailes Bingadadi hailed the courses as a success pointing out that key issues instrumental to the development of athletics in the province were discussed.
Bingadadi, however, said they expected all schools to have representatives, but the turnout was not impressive.
“The courses were a success because we managed to equip them (teachers) with basic coaching and officiating skills. As a board we appreciate what Nash did although we were not impressed by the turnout. We expected every school to be represented, but some schools did not send teachers,” Bingadadi said.
Among issues discussed during the workshop were introduction of athletics clubs that will run throughout the year in schools and athletics management.
Bhekuzulu Khumalo who was the training facilitator in the first day, challenged teachers to train athletes at individual level. He said if one teacher trained an athlete who could bring at least one piece of silverware from national competitions such as the National Youth Games, the province would have achieved its goal of producing great athlete.
“If we are to produce great athletes in this province you should also have individual athletes you are training. We should desist from the tendency of assembling winning teams and produce future athletes.” Khumalo said.