SPORTS

Taveuni Gains From Sports Outreach

(The writer is the Fiji National Sports Commission’s Sports Devel­opment Manager-Fiji) Last week was a hectic one for our Northern Team who spent the whole week on Taveuni targeting different
02 Oct 2018 11:53
Taveuni Gains From Sports Outreach
Saiasi Bose (SDO North) addresses teachers at the Educate the Educator Programme in Taveuni last week.Photo: FNSC

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

Last week was a hectic one for our Northern Team who spent the whole week on Taveuni targeting different groups with the range of pro­grams conducted on the main­land Taveuni and Qamea Island.

Three different programs were conducted over the course of the week. Twenty-seven(27) teach­ers from primary and secondary schools in Taveuni gave up four hours in the evenings daily to be up-skilled with knowledge of coaching and officiating in the sports of volleyball, rugby union, athletics and netball.

Coaches and educators from Fiji Rugby Union, Athletics Fiji, Netball Fiji and Fiji Volleyball utilised the opportunity to reach out to teachers from Taveuni to update and upgrade them on the latest rules and skills of the sport using a train the trainer focus.

The following schools in Taveuni were part of the program; Niu­sawa Primary School, Taveuni Central School, South Taveuni Secondary School, Niusawa Sec­ondary School, Bucalevu Second­ary School, Somosomo Primary School, Somosomo Kindergarten, Holy Cross College and Holy Cross Primary School attended the three day program.

The Fiji National Sports Com­mission is mandated by decree under one of its objectives; “to as­sist the Ministry of Education in programs for physical activities and sports in schools.”

POLICY REVIEW

Teachers play a key role in the promotion of physical activity and sports in schools. Without the proper knowledge, skills and ex­pertise in different sports, it can be challenging demanding that teachers coach these sports in schools limiting their options to one or two sports only.

The Ministry of Education is reviewing its policy to allow only accredited coaches of different sports to coach a school team con­sidering the new policies in place including sports safety, child pro­tection policy and other rights of the child which put pressure on teachers to take up coaching or of­ficiating roles in sports in schools.

The Educator the Educator Pro­gram is facilitated by the Commis­sion in partnership with National Sporting Organisations where NSO’s deliver up-skilling or ac­creditation programs to meet the needs of teachers.

The Commission encourages NSO’s to offer teachers these op­portunities by facilitating coach­ing accreditations offered through the national body or the sport’s In­ternational Federation.

Schools sports programs are cru­cial to any sports development structures so equipping teachers to coach or officiating effectively in a sport is a Key Performance Outcome for the Commission in its Educate the Educator Pro­gram. Teachers are influential fig­ures in the community thus the fo­cus on upgrading their knowledge of physical education and sports.

A similar Educate the Educator program held in Vunisea Kadavu in July led to the formation of the Kadavu Sports Association through the efforts of dedicated teachers on the island.

The first two days of the week was spent by our Northern team visiting and promoting different sports to schools on Qamea Island as well as other primary schools on Taveuni through its Kids in Community Sports Programs.

COMMENTS

Head teacher of Kocoma District School on Qamea, Akanisi Malu­mulevu expressed her delight while witnessing her students en­joy a game of cricket on the sand at low tide.

“This is the first time ever that our students have held cricket and tennis equipment and learnt the basic rules of these sports,” she said.

”Not often do we get an opportu­nity like this and we are thankful to the Fiji National Sports Com­mission for including us in their development itnerary,”

Similarly, Master Atonio Radredre of Wainikeli District School expressed his excitement on the focus on the holistic devel­opment of a child in sport.

“Teachers can be carried away by the win at all cost focus when too much emphasis is placed on competition at primary school levels.

“Having fun and giving it a go should be the focus at this stage, ‘not winning’.

YOUTHS

The weeklong program enabled the team to also conduct Train the Trainer Programs for existing youth clubs on the island with a view of establishing sports clubs to enhance their club structures.

The program included teaching participants on basic club admin­istration, management and organ­ising events.

The following youth clubs on the island participated in the program; Welitoa Youths, Lavena Youth, Lamini Youth, Sharks Youth, ANCF Taveuni GYC, Lo­vonivonu Youth and Nausa Youth. First Light Taveuni, a champion seven-a- side team from Taveuni also benefitted from presentations by FRU officers on latest coaching practices and how to raise the bar in their performances given their successes in recent local tourna­ments.

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Inclusive and Wellness Programs were also part of the weeklong program with the focus on inclu­siveness and physical activity to enhance health and wellness in the community.

All in all, a packaged one week program that created a lot of ex­citement on the Garden Island proved very successful in terms of the reach capacity of the pro­grams conducted by the sports commission.

The commission wishes to ac­knowledge its partners who helped coordinate the programs including; the Ministry of Youth and Sports, District Officer, Tave­uni, Youth Worker Taveuni, Na­tional Sporting Organisations and the Provincial Council Office for making it all happen.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: jliga@fijisports.com.fj



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