NOC ZAMBIA LAUNCHES ADVANCED SPORTS MANAGEMENT COURSE
The National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) has launched the first intake of the Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC) for sports administrators from various sports organisations.
The course, which is being conducted in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, is a six-month diploma course that will provide participants with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively manage sports organisations at all levels.
NOCZ President Alfred Foloko said that "The objective of the course is to bring about change within the participants' organizations, some of them are volunteers, while others may be staff, the participants will be exposed to effective management of sports at all levels, the program will add value to sports development in Zambia and on the continent.
According to the speech read on his behalf by NOCZ Secretary General Boniface Kambikambi, Foloko believes that it is NOCZ’s endeavour to enrich the nation by creating professional managers in the field of sports management to bring global standards to Zambia.
“The course will cover a range of topics, including strategic planning, human resource management, event management, and marketing, participants will also have the opportunity to network with other sports professionals and learn from their experiences,” he added.
Foloko further said that NOCZ is confident that this course will equip sports administrators with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively manage sports organisations at all levels and that it will have a positive impact on the development of sports in Zambia.
Speaking on behalf of the Guest of Honour, Minister of Youth, Sport and Arts Hon. Elvis Nkandu MP, National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) Board Chairperson Patrick Mutimushi said,
"Sports administration is not just making sure that we participate in competitions, be it local or international, but there's strategic thinking on how we can organize this administration to be on top."
He further went on to say that the 21 participants have been strategically picked and he understands that it'll be a requirement that those that would be participating should have done the first course, which is the sports administration course, to be part of the advanced course.
“The course is intensive and practical, the participants will be required to deliver a project presentation out of every module, and the aim is to bring about change within the participants' organizations. The success of this project will depend on the efforts of their respective institutions and the participants themselves,’’ he added.
In his speech, Mutimushi highlighted the importance of the course, saying, "I really think, and where I sit as a chairperson for National Sports Council, it is something that we should be liaising with the Ministry on how best we can ensure that such courses become mandatory for our sport administrators in any federation."
He encouraged the participants to take the course seriously and be ready to share the knowledge within their organization. The course is designed to equip senior leaders in administration and management with practical knowledge and skills in strategic planning, human resource management, and other areas of management under the Olympic Solidarity Accredited Program.
The participants have been strategically selected from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Arts, National Sports Council of Zambia, Zambia Police Service, Zambia Air Force, Zambia Correctional Services, OYDC Zambia – Sports Development Centre, and National Sports Federations among others.
The first session of the course was conducted from Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 May 2023.
The course is being conducted by Programme Directors NOCZ Secretary General Boniface Kambikambi and National Course Director Mweembe Kaona while facilitators include Mayamba Sitali (Kwame Nkrumah University), Katongo Bwalya (University of Zambia), Fredrick Chitangala (OYDC Zambia – Sports Development Centre) and Samuel Olaniyan (Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants).