Coaches in Tobago are now further poised to positively impact the development of sport on the island. The Department of Sport’s Coaches Development Series saw over 20 Coaches and sporting administrative staff exposed to capacity building sessions from July 8th – July 11th, 2020 at the Division of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour Conference Room. Modules covered during the interactive sessions included: Report Writing, Sport Leadership, Sport Coach Communication, Nutrition, the Use of Technology in Sport, Anti-Doping in Sport and Child Protection Laws.
Reflecting on her participation, Netball Coach Kyla Keith-Wilson shared, “This was an excellent idea and initiative by the Division. This gives us the opportunity to upgrade and improve, while becoming more aware of what is happening around the world within the field in terms of nutrition, anti-doping and the all the other topics we covered. The sessions were really helpful on how one can grow as a coach and further impact your athletes.”
Similarly, Football Coach Donnie Stewart explained that his participation in the Coaches Development Series is set to enhance his work. “It was a good experience. It’s always good to get a better understanding of how to provide the support that is needed. I am going to take what I have learned here, and continue making a difference with my athletes.”
Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) Master Course Conductor, David Benjamin indicated, “This workshop was designed for persons who are into coaching already, it is a professional development programme that is geared towards adding tools to the coaches tool kit. During this workshop we looked at the support side of coaching where our coaches may need to be bolstered and assisted in terms of their professional outlook. So it’s not just for the Tobago context, but it’s also for our coaches to be able to operate at an international level and go beyond the cutting edge of technology.”
Technical Director of Sport, Lyndell Hoyte-Sanchez also highlighted the importance of the bolstering the coaches’ knowledge base. She noted, “Due to the pandemic, we could not have children involved in team sport, so we decided to take this opportunity to develop our coaches. So we’re having workshops for the coaches whereby we do some personal development and life skills with them. Therefore, when they are able to go back out to their charges, they will be doing so better equipped with more knowledge and information.”
Going forward, the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs will continue building the capacity of Tobago’s coaches to enhance their skills on and off the field of play, while creating fresh opportunities for the growth and development of the island’s sporting landscape.