By Pascalinah Kabi
MASERU –The Lesotho Netball Association (LNA) has organised a two-day workshop for Quthing primary and high school teachers as part of a long-term strategy to develop netball in the country.
The training, which begins tomorrow at Quthing’s Upper Moyeni Education Office Hall and seeks to empower attendants with basic coaching and umpiring skills, is also expected to attract coaches from the district’s community teams.
The LNA development director, Ramafahla Thamae, on Wednesday this week told Public Eye at least 20 participants are anticipated to attend the weekend seminar.
“We will be holding this workshop for coaches around Quthing after the Lesotho Institute of Sports Association (LISA) and Lesotho Primary Schools Association (LePSA) requested that we train their coaches in the southern region.
“The seminar’s main purpose is to ensure that we empower our coaches with basic umpiring and coaching skills, as part of our development structures throughout the country,” Thamae said, adding currently, there are no teams from the southern region competing in the LNA national league.
Four southern region teams—two from Quthing, and one each from Mafeteng and Qacha’s Nek—did not renew their membership last year, he further highlighted.
According to Thamae, the association is hopeful by 2015, there would be primary and high school teachers eligible to coach netball at both national and international level.
“Our plan, as the national association, is to ensure that by 2015, these primary and high school teachers we are training now, have been turned into independent coaches that can take charge of national and even international teams at any given time because of the skills we would have empowered them with.”
This, he further said, is also the netball governing body’s initiative to ensure the implementation of the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission’s national coaching board’s objectives.
“Part of the national coaching board’s objectives is to ensure that coaches and technical advisers are identified and trained, as we need to access and analyse if people trusted to help in the development of sport, are well-equipped with proper skills to be national and international coaches and umpires.”
Thamae also said his association would, next month, organise a follow-up workshop for both northern and southern region coaches.
“This is the first coaching course of which the second one will bring both northern and southern region coaches in one place. After next month’s workshop, we will source funding to send these coaches to at least one international coaching course for their further development.”
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