Participants at the just concluded NTF National Basic Coaching Workshop for the North West have lauded the enriching program for its high impact on their coaching knowledge.

Participants ask questions during the National Basic Coaching Workshop in Gusau

The program, which has already been held in five other geo-political zones, had 26 participants in attendance including 8 Games Masters from Private and Public Schools, 10 Taekwondo Coaches and 8 athletes, came in from states in the North West Zone.


According to the Federation, the aim of the program is to introduce recent coaching methodologies to grassroots coaches and also teach them the latest world taekwondo rules so they can groom high quality athletes at the grassroots.

For Bilhatu Adamu, a Zamfara state athlete, the event was a game-changer.

Zamfara Athlete, Bilhatu Adamu, demonstrates a technique as Technical Director, Chika Chukwumerije, and Chairman, Technical & Development Committee look on.

“We learnt so much. In fact, if only the coaches can practice what they have learnt here, Zamafara state taekwondo will be the number one champion in Nigeria. I am also so happy that NTF brought the program here as we cannot afford to go and participate if it was done perhaps in Abuja or Lagos. Bring it here made it accessible and affordable for us”

For Sharafadeen Lawal, a games master at the government secondary school Gusau, the event had huge impact.

Chairman, NTF Technical & Development Committee presents Certificate of Completion to G.S..S Gusau Games Master during workshop

“I did not expect this high level and quality when I came for this workshop. Definitely, when I get back to my students in school, they are going to receive a different kind of training, and I look forward to it. The workshop was really so impactful.”

Chairman of Zamfara Taekwondo Association, Alhaji Maccido Garba, provided accommodation and feeding for all of the participants that came for the program from the states in the zone. Also present at the event were: the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Tukur Alkali, for his presence at the workshop. Others were D. G Directorate of sports Zamfara State Alhaji Aliyu Umar Nasko; Director Sports Alhaji Magaji Shamil;  Representative of Emir of Gusau Alhaji Tukur Alkali Sarkin Tsaftan Gusau; Sarkin Samarin Gusau  Alhaji Bello Chanchangi; Provost ZACAS Gusau Alhaji Yakubu Yari; Director Admn  ZSPHCB Alhaji Sani Shehu Ibrahim; M&E Coordinator Alhaji Lawali Zahra; Clerk Senate Committee on public procurement Alhaji Lawal Barau Bungudu; NTA Gusau Jamilu  Ibrahim Gusau; Blue print newspaper Sanusi Muhd ; Leadership newspaper Abba Abubakar Kabara; Gamji TV Umar Muhd; Zamfara Radio Kabiru Ibrahim Mayanci and Games masters from public and private schools

NTF Board Member and Chairman Zamfara Taekwondo talk to participants during workshop

So far, the NTF has conducted the NTF National Basic Coaches in five zones – North Central [Markurdi], North East [Maiduguri], North West [Zamfara], South East [Abakaliki] and South West [Osogbo], with overwhelming positive response and feedback from participants across the country.

There have been exactly 120 participants across the five workshops so far. Resource persons for the workshops from both Abuja and Lagos have covered a combined total of 10,500km in executing these workshop. Apart from the trip to Maiduguri, all journeys have been made by road.

The last workshop will be held in Calabar in April for the South-South Zone, with participants from already concluded zones, who missed the prior editions, encouraged participate in the final edition of the national basic coaching series.