Record numbers for JOA’s call for high-level coaching course

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March 8, 2021

A record number of coaches across the sporting spectrum have responded to the call of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) in respect of a high-level coaching course, which will be delivered by Panam Sports in partnership with the Canadian Coaching Association.

Over 70 stakeholders have registered to pursue the course, which will cover coaching philosophy and leadership, advanced performance planning, energy systems and physiology, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, advanced injury prevention, and recovery strategies, and high-performance analysis.

The call by JOA is in keeping with its developmental strategies of which education and training are critical elements. In a communique to member federations and stakeholders concerning the course, JOA president, Christopher Samuda, said that the game plan of the governing body is “to build capacity for today’s feats and tomorrow’s legacies.”

The course is part of a suite of educational courses that the apex body is continuing to make accessible to stakeholders and supports the Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC), which the JOA will, for the first time in its history, make available to a cohort in the diaspora.

In applauding the tremendous response to the coaches’ course and the ASMC – which continues to be over-subscribed – JOA secretary-general/chief executive officer, Ryan Foster, said: “Our members and stakeholders have not only seized the JOA’s vision of the value of education and training but have embraced the known principle that an investment in education pays the best dividends in your working life and is your pension in your twilight years.”