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Eastern Police Officers Learn More On Sports Admin, Coaching

Eastern Police Officers Learn More On Sports Admin, Coaching
Fiji National Sports Commission
September 11
10:13 2018

(The writer is the Fiji National Sports Commission’s Sports Devel­opment Manager-Fiji)

This week we come down to the Central Urban Division, the newest operational di­vision of the Sports Commission established to look entirely at the big population of young people within the Lami – Nausori Cor­ridor.

A number of training programs have been conducted in these ar­eas focusing mainly on the estab­lishment of multi-sports clubs or associations in urban areas. A review of these programs con­ducted in urban communities saw the need to upgrade Police Offic­ers’ sports coaching and admin­istration skills so the commission can work with Community Police better in reaching out to young people n the community through sports.

The partnership between the Fiji National Sports Commission and the Community Police through a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year has been the mo­tivation towards facilitating these trainings.

SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

AND COACHING COURSES

The Fiji Community Police Initi­ative is commended for the insight to fund this first ever training for its officers in the areas of sports administration and coaching.

The OSEP Sports Administra­tion and Coaching Courses, are community accreditation pro­grams aimed at equipping par­ticipants with the basic skills of starting and sustaining a sports club in the community.

The training targeted Police Of­ficers in the Eastern Zone at the Nausori Police Conference Room from the 22-24 August, 2018. The sports commission facilitated the Sports in Community (SIC) and Community Coaching and Of­ficiating) (CC&O) Courses for 25 Police Officers from the Eastern Division.

The following Police Posts and Police Stations were represent­ed at the course; Nayavu Police Post, Wainibuka Police Post, , Dawasamu Police Post, Tailevu, Korovou Police Station, Tailevu, Levuka Police Station, Waidalice Police Post, Raralevu Police Post, Wainibokasi Police Post, Naqali Police Post, Naqali Police Post, Sawani Police Post, Nakasi Police Station, Nausori Police Station, Headquarters, Nabua.

MEMORANDUM OF

UNDERSTANDING

The Fiji Community Police Initi­ative and the Fiji National Sports Commission have an MOU in place that promotes the enhance­ment of inter-agency cooperation with other stakeholders both in­ternal and external.

The general scope of the MOU is for both parties to be consistent with their respective policies aims and priorities and to cooperate in the facilitating the implementa­tion of sports programs in Fiji.

Under the MOU the Fiji National Sports Commission will actively engage the Fiji Police Force as a partner for sport and youth devel­opment in Fiji.

BENEFITS TO THE POLICE FORCE

A total of 25 officers from the Eastern Region attended the three day course.

Officers from the following Po­lice Posts attended the training; Nayavu, Wainibuka, Dawasamu, Tailevu, Korovou, Tailevu, Lev­uka Police Station, Waidalice Po­lice Post, Raralevu Police Post, Wainibokasi Police Post, Naqali Police Post, Naqali Police Post, Sawani Police Post, Nakasi Police Station, Nausori Police Station, Headquarters, Nabua.

The courses saw participants ac­credited with the OSEP regionally recognised Sports In Community (SIC) and Community Coaching and Officiating Accreditations upon successfully completing workplace assessments.

These accreditations will help police appreciate the value of good sports coaches and admin­istrators in the community. In the process of establishing sports associations and clubs, Fiji Com­munity Police will have a good understanding of the demands of setting these up in the community.

In opening the course, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu emphasised the need for his officers to be knowledgeable about the mechanics of starting and sustaining a sports club in the community.

Having this knowledge is benefi­cial for the force as work on estab­lishing sports clubs and associa­tions to drive sports development in communities.

He plans to run similar train­ing for West and Northern Divi­sions officers to get his officers acquainted with the program. The program runs in line with the Fiji Community Police’s operations of reaching out to the community.

MOVING FORWARD

All 25 police officers who attend­ed the three day training were awarded with their SIC and CC&O certificates after successfully completing the course.

The commission looks forward to utilising knowledge and skills learnt from the course to set up more sports and youth club struc­tures in the community.

Utilising the community police network is the best way the sports commission can reach out to the communities.

This has been proven successful in other areas of Fiji where com­munity police has played a big role in the establishment ofports associations and clubs. These included, Lakeba, Kadavu, Buca Bay, Namosi and Waidina.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: jliga@fijisports.com.fj

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