KAMPALA. Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) general secretary Moses Mwase believes that their move to improve the quality of coaches will take local swimming to the next level.
Over the last 15 months, USF have held consistent coaching courses and continued to urge local coaches and officials to push for aanced Fina (World Swimming Federation)ertificates and engage in the Uganda Olympic Committee’s administration courses.
Last week 52 out of over 60 coaches passed the Fina Coaches Level One Certification programme following a clinic held at Hotel Africana in January.
Lillian Mugisha and Tony Kasujja returned from a six-month coaching course in Germany in February. Only Muzafalu Muwanguzi had done a similar course before.
“This is truly unprecedented and things can only get better,” Mwase told Saturday Monitor.
After the course facilitated by American coach Rick Powers in January, the coaches were examined by the world body for the first time and will each be required to pay $30 (about Shs90,000) to Fina for their certificates before April 15. “We will give the coaches about a year to make sure they attain Level II status and subsequently Level III,” Mwase added.
“With this (coaching courses) the quality and depth of our coaching class is on a progressive upward trajectory, and with more professionalism getting on board, we will surely begin to witness a transformation in the sport. Only that, results may not be instant, but this is the start,” he added.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor