S.A.S.N.O.C. Building Bridges

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) has begun its 2015 journey with its ongoing commitment to capacity and building relationships both local and abroad.

During January, S.A.S.N.O.C. conducted a workshop for all sports National Federation (NFs) affiliated to S.A.S.N.O.C .as part of our “together we can do it” slogan for its Strategic Plan 2015-2019.

The outcome of this workshop confirmed capacity building as our priority and Oceania Sports Education Programme (O.S.E.P.) and S.A.S.N.O.C. will start rolling out training courses in generic level coaching umpiring, management and supports for N.F.s as well as other identified needs.

S.A.S.N.O.C. hopes that with the recruitment of our Training and Development Officer, Tupai Sepasitiano Solofa, these generic level trainings will be completed by the end of 2015.

This will pave the way for further specialised trainings for N.F.s in the future by accessing and utilising International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) courses.

In the past, it was difficult to train staff especially the smaller N.F.s because they did not have the required criteria. That hindrance will now be eliminated with the completion of O.S.E.P. courses which are duly recognised by I.O.C.

The workshop has also developed a shared understanding of N.F.s and S.A.S.N.O.C. and their respective roles and responsibilities and how we can all work together to achieve each N.F.s goals which will eventually achieve Samoa’s aim in sports.

S.A.S.N.O.C. will soon be having workshops with its stakeholders and sponsors and then followed by a workshop for our Board members and Executives.

Meanwhile our relationships with the Oceania National Olympic Committee (O.N.O.C.) and Olympic Solidarity Committee (O.S.) has seen the O.S. providing ongoing support both financially and consultancy services in our continuing efforts to improve our management and services.

S.A.S.N.O.C. has also improved its relations with O.S.E.P. and next week starting on Monday 16 February until 27 February 2015, S.A.S.N.O.C. will be hosting the fourth O.S.E.P. training in Management of Olympic Sports Organisations (M.O.S.O. IV) at Tuanaimato.

S.A.S.N.O.C. has continued to train its staff at Tuanaimato and during February 2015, they successfully completed an O.S.E.P. Presenters and Assessors course. S.A.S.N.O.C.’s Board has also approved at its Board meeting on Thursday 29 January 2015 the structure to delivers its services and supports to our N.F.s via the S.A.S.N.O.C. Training and Development Officer, Tupai Sepasitiano Solofa for both Savaii and Upolu, Tagifano Soonalole, S.A.S.N.O.C. Sports Co-ordinator for Upolu and Tuna Matalavea, S.A.S.N.O.C. Sports Coordinator for Savaii.

S.A.S.N.O.C. has also an additional staff member Ms Jessica Thompson, a volunteer from New Zealand to help in the development of sports for 10 months.

S.A.S.N.O.C. has again been registered to celebrate the Olympic Day in Samoa in June and this will now be used as Samoa Olympic Day Games to become an annual event to provide competition for our sports development and to select elite athletes to be trained at the newly established Oceania Institute of Sports also approved now approved by the Board.

To sustain all these developments S.A.S.N.O.C .Board has also approved the establishment of a Samoa Sports Development Foundation (S.S.D.F.) where funds, donations and in kinds from any source will be deposited and parked there. It is the interest received from S.S.D.F. that will be used to fund future sports development thus reducing our dependency to overseas financial assistance.

S.A.S.N.O.C. acknowledges with sincere appreciation with the ongoing support from our N.F.s, Samoan Government, S.I.F.A., I.O.C., O.S.C., O.N.O.C. and the many other sponsors who have kindly provided financial and consultancy supports.

S.A.S.N.O.C. firmly believes that together we can do it and with God’s will, it will be done.