The World Taekwondo body has approved a WT Coach Certification Course Level 1 in Nigeria.
The WT Coach Certification Course Level 1 is scheduled for 15th to 16th December, 2019 in Abuja, FCT.
President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Margaret Binga thanked the World body for the program and spoke on why her administration made tremendous effort to secure the program.
“We really thank the World Taekwondo body for approving the program in Nigeria. The World Taekwondo body is really doing a lot to ensure development spreads across the continent.”
“It will cost a fortune to send our coaches to other countries to get this knowledge. Attracting this program makes it very affordable for our coaches. We even pushed and got a 50% discount in registration fees to reduce the financial burden so that all our coaches, at the elite and grassroots level, can participate.”
The President also spoke on how the decision was reached by her administration.
“From 2021, this certification is required for any coach to participate in another World Taekwondo event. We initially wanted to organize a national coaching workshop during the Korean Ambassador Cup in October. But my technical department successfully argued that we should upgrade to the World taekwondo Coaching certification to triple the benefits to our coaches and Taekwondo community.”
In a broadcast sent to Taekwondo practitioners in Nigeria, NTF Technical Director, Engineer. Chika Chukwumerije who is also a Member of the World Taekwondo “Taekwondo for All” Committee urged coaches in Nigeria to work hand-in-hand with the Federation to develop from the grassroots up.
“Honestly, the quality of our future athletes is very dependent on the quality of our grassroots coaches. Every coach or athlete-coach should have quality knowledge to transfer to their athletes from the very beginning. Participation in a quality event like this helps the coach and consequently the state and the nation to produce better quality athletes. Have superior knowledge also gives the coach leverage to attract more persons to its club, and do not forget the satisfaction that comes with producing quality and medal-winning athletes”
Registration for the two-day event has already commenced through the World Taekwondo Global Membership System.
A minimum of 50 coaches are expected to participate in the event.
This will be the first English version of the Course to take place in Africa, after courses held in Morocco and Egypt in Arabic.
With Sudan set to hold another in Arabic and Senegal confirmed to hold the course in French, the English version in Nigeria gives a huge opportunity to coaches from Anglophone countries in Africa to benefit from the course, ahead of the Olympic year of 2020.
Participant coaches are expected to be taught about the competition rules, games management, medical and anti-doping, WT Global Membership System and other topics crucial for coaches to make a difference at competitive events.