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  • Writer's pictureMusonda Zyambo


The National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) has concluded a two-day refresher and additional training Coach Developers seminar in Lusaka, the seminar was aimed at refreshing the minds, providing additional training, and finding better ways to help improve Coaching Development skills in their respective federations.

The Seminar has attracted 13 International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Trained Coach Developers from various federations/organisations in Zambia, 2 from Zimbabwe, and 2 experts, namely Pelle Kvalsund and Jon Grydeland from the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) that are facilitating the training.

Offering opening remarks NOCZ Secretary General Boniface Kambikambi expressed delight in seeing Coaches gathered to share and learn new coaching techniques, he thanked the coaches for making time to attend the refresher course which will shape the sports federations in a new form, adding that there could be new things to this training that would spark a positive impact in the sports fraternity.

Kambikambi said it was important to hold this refresher seminar and also have visibility of what people are doing after the training.

Adding on to what Kambikambi said, Pelle encouraged Coach Developers to think of skills an effective coach skills developer should master and identify what skills they need to improve in and keep practicing to perfect them after this training.

During Day 2 of the Seminar, Jon emphasized the need to birth a society with a growth mindset, “when we create coaches, athletes and a society with a growth mindset we are sure will make a huge turnaround with how we view sport” he said.

L-R: Pelle Kvalsund, Alfred Foloko and Jon Grydeland

He went ahead and paused a question to the Coach Developers on how they will work to redefine success in their various sports and focus on bringing progressive solutions.

“The nature of sport is competition, and we all measure success differently, how we make a good experience from the sport is something of great importance”.

Closing in speech, NOCZ President Alfred Foloko thanked Pelle and Jon for coming to Zambia to share knowledge and continue building capacity with Coach Developers, he expressed gratitude for the help that has been received from the Norwegian Olympic Committee through Pelle over the years.

“There is a lot of capacity that has been developed within ourselves and for sustaining this project more so having conversations to capacity you colleagues who are here”.

Foloko stated that in the past five years NOCZ has been much more focused on governance and capacity building for the affiliate federations and athletes.

“Our focus now beyond 2023 is results, governance is the cornerstone for every organization to grow but we need results,” he said.

He added that the Coach Developers after the seminar need to give back to society by ensuring that each and every individual present holds key decision-making positions in their respective federations as a way of giving back to society.

The Zamcoach 360 Coach Developers Training is a collaborated effort between the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ), the National Sports Council of Zambia, the Ministry of Youth Sport and Arts (MYSA), the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) and the International Council of Coaching Excellency (ICCE).

The participants in this Refresher and additional training Seminar were drawn from 3 ZAMCOACH360 cohorts 2018, 2018, and 2021.

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