Ibrahim Bawah of Sierra Leone National Fencing Association (SLNFA) is the latest coach to benefit from a scholarship from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL) and the International Fencing Federation to do further training on coaching at the University of Physical Education in Budapest, Hungary.
Bawah is currently in Budapest for the course, which will last for 3 months.
According to the course specification, it will cover Sports Physiology, Training Theory, Coaching Principles, Sports Nutrition, Human Biology, Sports Management, Research Methods, Sports Injuries and General Conditioning.
Since Bawah is a Fencing Coach, he will also have the opportunity to do further study about the three weapons used in the sport; Sabre, Foil and Epee.
The purpose of the course is to support the development of an in-depth understanding of the coaching procedure and discover the essential knowledge, experience and skills for a successful coaching career. This is the more reason why participating coaches must ensure to cover all aspect of the course.
Bawah, who has properly settled in Budapest for the course, said the course focuses on improving the dynamics of the coaching principles using the social, psychological and physiological approach to manage athletes.
The Fencing Coach uttered: “I had find the course to be very significant and inspiring since I started classes. So far, it has helped me to know that there should be common understanding and good relationship between coaches and athletes. This is the key to develop athletes to become superstars”.
Coach Bawah cited that the course is divided into two; technical and practical. The technical part he said provides sport-specific information through courses, which include classroom instruction, sport-specific presentation, participatory activity and formal evaluation.
While, the practical component involves actual coaching experience, practical lessons, training visits, competitions and matches and their evaluation.
All students will visit the best Hungarian sport clubs and training camps. The practical part of the programme involves applying theoretical and technical knowledge to actual coaching situations.
The Scribe of Sierra Leone Fencing Association, Augustine Musa Bangura, justifies the reason why Bawah was selected for the course amidst other coaches who are equally capable to undergo such international training.
Highlighting that Bawah has been the most consistent coach in the sports, and he has passion for fencing. “He is always around. He likes the sport and he wants to see fencing move to another level. Besides he is the most senior coach the association has. There are other coaches, but with his enduring spirit and love for fencing, he is the most qualified person”.
Despite Bawoh zest to complete the course successfully, he advised him to be calm and take things easy. “We want him to be very confortable so that he will be able to acquire more knowledge which he will in turn pass on to other coaches for the benefit of our fencers”.
“We don’t want him to be in haste, our concern is to see him graduate with a Grade-A certificate, just like the other coaches did when they represented the country in similar course, “said Bangura.
The President of the SLNFA, Captain Joseph K. Kanu is happy that they succeeded in getting International scholarship for the first time since the establishment of Fencing in Sierra Leone. Noting, it is a big boast to the association.
Captain Kanu emphasized that this course will not only benefit Bawah, it will as well serve as the turning points for Fencing in the country, as the new ideas will be implemented right across the board.
Thursday October 12, 2017.