The Fiji Times » OSEP training for potential coaches

The Fiji Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) continues its capacity building strategy within National Federations and held an Oceania Sport Education Program Coach Development Course from 15 to 20 August ( OSEP) with 15 participants targeted as potential coaches for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Kiliati Enterprise OSEP educators included Master Educator Lemeki Savua, Educators Saiasi Bose and KumOn Tarawa who worked with coaches to apply what they learned during the course week.

“These included coaching roles, practices and processes, functional roles and principles, and the importance of periodization, planning and long-term athlete development (LTAD),” said Savua.

Savua said coaches should never stop learning because it’s important to stay relevant, current and successful.

He said it was important for coaches to be not only knowledgeable, but also innovative and think outside the box in managing their athletes and teams.

“It’s also important for coaches to adapt to different ways of coaching and training, especially with all the advances and challenges they face in sport these days.”

He says it was important for coaches and managers to be kept up to date with the rest of the world in terms of sports innovation and training techniques.

Fourteen coaches from nine national federations attended FASANOC’s OSEP course as part of the first in a series of courses for the entourage of the Fiji team at the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands in November 2023.

Coaches came from the sports of archery, beach volleyball, outrigger, rugby league, swimming, squash, table tennis, taekwondo and touch rugby.

The coaches have been nominated by their national federations and FASANOC sincerely thanks the participants for taking a step forward in their coaching careers in their efforts to get the best out of their athletes as the Fiji team aims for a top three at the 2023 Pacific Games.

Earlier this year, coaches and team managers attended OSEP accredited courses to standardize the expertise of national managers and coaches serving the Fiji team.

“We would prefer coaches to take OSEP courses every four years to ensure current trends and programs are updated,” Savua said.

OSEP courses are internationally recognized by the International Olympic Committee which, through its Olympic Solidarity branch, funds the courses.

FASANOC Director General Lorraine Mar said the purpose of the OSEP courses was twofold.

“The first is to ensure that the entourage accompanying the athletes understand their roles and responsibilities in supporting the athletes before and during the Games,” she said.

“The second is to ensure standardization across all sports so that they apply the learnings for their own development and competitions both locally and abroad.”

The Fiji team hopes to compete in 28 of the sports that will be on the program of the 2023 Pacific Games, including archery, athletics, basketball, basketball, 3×3 basketball, bodybuilding, boxing , football, beach soccer, futsal, golf, hockey. Karate, Netball, Outrigger Canoeing, Powerlifting, Rugby League Nines, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Weightlifting.

Kristen T. Prall