Sports Minister (with framework) at the launch

Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah has hinted that the National Community Coach Education and Development Framework will be the basic guiding principle for area coaches.

Launching the framework in Accra on Tuesday, the sports chief indicated that the national policy will also serve as the source of formulation of the curriculum and other relevant instruments targeted at training and educating coaches at the National Sports College (NSC).

?I believe this framework will serve as the standard, expectations and code of conduct, especially for people working with the young in sports in the various communities.

?For quite some time now, the focus has been on elite coaches at the expense of the young ones and therefore, the framework will assist the not-so-able-bodied who may not aim at competition but also have a right to sport and play in safe and quality conditions.?

The framework, a national policy, is intended to oversee the development of coaches in the various communities in the country.

Spearheaded by NSC, it aims at enriching the lives of young people with quality and inclusive sport, physical education and play.

The Director of NSC, Mr. Joe Kpenge, said it was time to popularize the work of community coaches and also advertise their role, develop it and recognize it in sports development.

He stated that in Ghana, thousands of coaches in communities serve as volunteers working with children and young people in cities and towns and in villages and hamlets.

He acknowledged the collaborative efforts of  British Council, UK Sports, Right to Play, UNICEF, Alive and Kicking, Ghana Education Service, National Sports Authority and the University of Education, Winneba, for their roles in making the 43 page document a reality.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum


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