BCA COACHING EDUCATION PROGRAMME 2022
As per its strategy to develop the level of badminton in Africa, the BCA has at its core a robust coaching education program being implemented across its 45 Member Associations. Since the inception of the program, the BCA has trained 388 Level 1 coaches from 30 countries, and 72 level 2 coaches from 13 countries.
To ensure the sustainability of the program, the BCA saw the need to conduct the first African coaches workshop, to create a learning community, give the coaches a platform for exchanging coaching philosophies values, and culture between themselves, to enable the coaches to learn the latest techniques of coaching badminton and Para badminton, and to understand the BWF/BCA Coaching Pathway and opportunities for coaches.
At the official opening of the workshop held at the Lugogo Stadium, the Secretary-General of BCA, Mr. Sahir Edoo, said
The BCA, through its newly formed High Performance Commission, will be responsible for creating high-performance programs for elite players. The commission will be chaired by the experienced South African Coach, Mr. Stewart Carson assisted by the former BCA development manager Mr. Dajee Annirao and Raja Rochdy, a Life coach coaching female players in France, NPC mentor for Agitos Foundation, and former International player.
Mr. Simon Mugabi, the BCA Events Chairman, in attendance at the opening ceremony, urged the coaches to use this opportunity to network and use the skills and knowledge gained to improve their standards of coaching.
The two-day workshop has attracted 30 coaches from 7 countries, and the BCA is facilitating all 30 coaches to attend the workshop.
Miss Patricia Tendo Nanteza, a Sports psychologist, mental fitness coach, team building, and high-performance trainer, took the coaches through specific mental fitness areas important for the development of elite players.
“The main objective for my session with the coaches was to make them understand the benefits of psychological coaching and their role regarding sports phycology and lifestyle.” Said Miss Tendo speaking to BCA Tv.
“The coaches need to prepare their players mentally to ensure they know how they will react psychologically to any situation that happens before, during, and after training or competition.” She added.
“Moreover, a coach must define the psychological dynamics of the game from start to finish and should include gender-sensitive issues. Players should also share their expectations among themselves, have better communication with each other and endeavour to adhere to high levels of discipline.”
Nourine Mamar Salim, the three-time Algerian All-African Men’s Team Champion coach, expressed his gratitude and thanked the BCA for conducting the workshop.
I hope we will be having such workshops after every tournament to help our coaches get new ideas and skills to develop badminton. He said. Algeria is blessed to have such success in badminton due to our commitment to implement the various coaching programs developed, specifically for our players.
Juliette Ah-Wan, a former African number one player from Seychelles transitioning into coaching, is excited at the new opportunities and learning experience created by the workshop.
“I am only four months old in my new role as the Seychelles National team coach.” She said. “This workshop will enable me to connect with other experienced coaches around Africa and learn more from what they are doing.”
Mr. Idrisse Mossagy, a coach from Mozambique, is elated at being able to learn new techniques to improve the playing standards of Mozambican players.
“As a developing nation, we are at a point where the ideas being shared in this workshop will go a long way in helping us understand the different techniques employed by the developed nations to grow elite players.”
The chair of the high-performance commission, Coach Stewart Carson’s objective is to make use of the numerous coaching education courses conducted by the BCA to develop a sustainable program that will produce quality players.
“It’s time we get the coaches together and put what they have learned in theory into practice. I have done many training camps across Africa, and the lack of practical experience among our coaches is the biggest hindrance.
Our appeal is to our Member Associations to come on board and support this initiative to enable us achieve our vision of ensuring all our players are given the tools to perform at the highest levels of their career.” Said Coach Stewart.