The Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club and Eastern Province Athletics will host three days of coaching courses at Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage from January 10 to 12.
There will be a number of options on offer. A coaching clinic for coaches and athletes will be part of the programme, while those who would like to become qualified coaches can attend two Athletics South Africa courses being held at the same time.
Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said there was a strong demand for courses such as these in the Eastern Cape and that they were open to anyone in the country.
“The coaching clinic will provide 70 per cent practical knowledge and 30 per cent theoretical information,” he said.
“Coaches who are not keen to do the ASA courses can attend this clinic and athletes can enter individually or come with other athletes.”
He added that those who wanted to attend would have to choose one of the categories – the coaching clinic or either the ASA Level 1 or ASA Level 2 coaches’ course.
“The Level 1 course is for coaches and athletes who wish to obtain a coaching certificate from ASA. It is open to everyone,” said Bothma.
“There are minimum requirements for the Level 2 course, such as having a Level 1 certificate, having coached for at least two years as a qualified Level 1 coach and having coached at least two athletes who competed in a national championship.
“The Level 2 exam is more advanced and will have a pass mark of 70 per cent,” he added.
The closing date to enter for the courses is January 7.
Entries for the Level 1 and Level 2 courses must be sent to Hugo Badenhorst (email@example.com) and the cost is R650, plus R300 for accommodation if required.
Names for the coaching clinic must be sent to Zirk Kemp (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and the registration fee is R160 for coaches and R100 for athletes, plus R300 for accommodation if required.