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Thirteen coaches pass IAAF coaching course

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Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — Thirteen out of the 23 local coaches who attended a two-week International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Level One coaching course passed, the Sunday Express can reveal.
Lesotho Athletics Amateur Association (LAAA) spokesperson, Sejanamane Maphathe, however confirmed on Friday that only seven coaches had passed with a higher grade allowing them to proceed to the next level.
“Seven of the 23 participants passed the course and are eligible to attend a Level Two coaching course,” Maphathe said.
Maphathe said these seven coaches are expected to attend Level Two course later this year or sometime next year.
He said the other six participants passed the course with a lower mark and were only awarded Level One certificates.
“These other six athletes would be given opportunities to write Level One tests to see if they can pass and proceed to the next stage of Level Two,” he said.
He said the other 10 coaches performed dismally during the course and were only awarded certificates of attendance.
“These 10 coaches would have to go back and prepare themselves for another Level One coaching course but we are not sure when it will be held in Lesotho again,” he said.
Under the new Level One coaching course, the IAAF is training coaches who will specifically work closely with children aged between seven and 15.
In kids’ athletics, coaches use special training equipment with children competing in groups until they graduate to professional athletics.
The coaches expose these young athletes between the ages of seven and 15 to all types of athletics so that coaches can identify their individual talents.

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