Almost 33 athletics coaches in Ntcheu have been awarded level 1 basic coaching certificates after they completed a 6-day Athletics coaching course which was organized by the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) with the aim of improving athletics coaching at the grassroot level.
The course which started on Monday 7 March and finished on Saturday 12 March 2022 saw 15 women and 18 men took part in the Athletics coaching course at Gumbu Teachers Development Center (TDC) in Ntcheu.
The participants were drilled in track and field knowledge which included Javelin, Discus, shot put, Hammer, Sprints, High jump, Long jump, Triple jump, Huddles and a lot more.
Speaking during the closing ceremony MNCS board member Dr. Richard Nyirongo encouraged the participants to put into practice what they have learnt during the six-day course.
‘’It is very important that today you have added more knowledge in as far as athletics coaching is concerned, the knowledge you acquired today after six days of intensive learning will help you to identify and develop talent in your respective areas. As Malawi National Council of Sports we want in 5 years to see athletes that will make it big on international events because of you’’
‘’They are a lot of qualified coaches out there with papers, but they are doing nothing. We expect you to make a difference when you go out there. Sports Council and government has a strong will to develop athletics in the country hence go out there and do your part and we will also do ours’’. Explained Nyirongo.
Speaking on behalf of the Director of Education, Youth and Sports (DEYS) Kayamba Nkadzanja thanked MNCS for coming up with the training.
‘’The participants should consider themselves lucky and take this as a big opportunity as this is the first time in Ntcheu to have this kind of athletics coaching course, I am encouraging the participants that when they go home they should practice what they have learnt during the course because the people of Ntcheu are expecting a lot from you’’ explained Nkadzanja.
The course was being facilitated by Ephraim Nzengo a senior athletics lecture who is recognized internationally and Titus Wankhama an athletics lecture.
Speaking on behalf of the participants Abel Mvula thanked MNCS for organizing the course.
‘’We appreciate the knowledge that has been imparted to us by the lectures our eyes are now open and Ntcheu will never be the same again as far as athletics is concerned, we thank MNCS for making this training possible and we ask for more trainings of this kind so that we advance to the next step. We promise to practice what we have learnt here and we will not let you down’’ explained Mvula.
The participants comprised of people from the community, primary and secondary school teachers.
In the picture: Dr Nyirongo interacts with the participants and presents a certificate to one of the participants.