MOSO part of UK Sport's ICES webinar

Thursday, July 14, 2011

During the MOSO Sydney session, participants joined the UK Sport's 5th webinar meeting which was hosted by the East Africa Cup team in Tanzania.  

The webinar is part of development initiatives between UK Sport's International Coach Education Standards [ICES] and partners from around the globe.  OSEP is a partner of this initiative and have been engaged with this valuable webinar communications network. 

The webinar platform allows members of the ICES network to connect from each of their home locations, utilising a simple web based system. During ICES webinars participants are able to view expert key-note speakers, interact with other network members and sign-post their fellow sport and development professionals to information, resources and good practice in the field.

The motivation behind establishing this type of platform was two-fold.  The first reason was to harness the potential of the community of practice developing around the ICES initiative. There was a commitment to the power and potential of situated, collaborative learning but the expanse of participating agencies’ geographic locations proved challenging. People involved were based in areas ranging from Fiji to the Cape of South Africa through the Asian sub-continent and as far ‘up’ as Scotland. This meant the opportunity to bring people together in person was limited due to time, financial and practical costs. Establishing the ICES Webinars provided a way to capitalise on the collection of knowledge and expertise across the network and connect this group on a quarterly basis, albeit virtually.

The focus of this 5th webinar was on the Role of Competition in Sport and Development. During the webinar, presentations were made by the following key note speakers and were followed by Q&A's:

Bob Muir, Leeds Metropolitan University

• Henry Majale, MYSA Kenya & Mike Wachira, CHRISC East Africa

• East African Sport for Development Coaches

The discussion found that sport federations and other NGO's delivering sport activities need to collaborate to provide accessible opportunities to participants at social levels.  There was an inclination that sport federations focused too much on competition to identify talent and develop elite athletes at the expense of social participation.  According to the research conducted on pacific sports, most of the NOC's engage in programs that are driven by available funding under Olympic Solidarity which in most cases are talent development and elite focused.

Steve Nelson of Wesport, UK stated that "Working with a number of sports governing bodies in England, his view would be that if you have the right people around the table, you can build both a competitive and 'festival' competition programme. Although not perfect this does help more young people get involved. In our area close to half the children have taken part in inter school sport."

Paul Zulu of EduSport, Zambia,  "Coaching is more than physical training but guiding the participants in different areas of life or teaching life skills as well. Yes safe spaces are important ingredients to coaching, playing environment and safety must be considered. Coaching is a complex job but can be managed (with adequate support)."

In a nutshell, the message for the Pacific is that sport organisations need to create a life long participation model to provide equal opportunities to its people irrespective of age, sex or ability.  This would mean collaborating with other organisations with the same objectives and using sport to develop inidividuals and communities.  The important message is to provide a strong foundation of physical active people, through appropriate activities, which should naturally produce talented and elite athletes.

Previous webinars have focused on:

  1. Maximising Networks and Professional Collaboration
  2. Protecting and empowering children in sport and development
  3. Protecting and Empowering Young People in Sport
  4. The challenges of supporting and retaining a volunteer coaching workforce in community sport
  5. Beyond the training course: Non-traditional, informal and on-going learning in community sport

Source - ICES Webinar report