OSUN GOVERNMENT, PARTICIPANTS HAIL NATIONAL COACHING COURSE
…. As Osun State Government Promises Future Support
Participants have applauded the fourth leg of the just concluded two-day National Basic Coaching Workshop, which held in Osogbo Osun State.
The South West edition of the event, which was organized by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation in partnership with the Osun State Taekwondo Association, had eighteen participants in attendance from Osun, Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti state.
According to the Federation’s scribe, Mr Kabir Yusuf, the aim of the event was to expose grassroots coaches to recent coaching methodologies and the latest world taekwondo rules, so that grassroots athletes can have a more solid foundation.
The NTF delegation were led by its first female President, Mr Margaret Elizabeth Binga, and its resources persons consisted of Technical Director, three-time Olympian Chika Chukwumerije, Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Sani Lawal and Senior Lecturer with the Nigeria Institute of Sports Mr Michael Ugboko, with all three being international graduates of the highly rated World Taekwondo – Kyung Hee University Coaching Program.
For Mrs Olufunke Oguntuyi from Ogun State, the workshop was very educative.
“I am very inspired and impressed with this kind of workshop that came to the South West that specifically targeted teaching grassroots coaches the developmental aspect of Taekwondo. Honestly, I have learnt so much on how to relate with children and develop them in the sport”
For student-coach from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Buraimo Tofeek,
“I realized after this workshop how important coaching knowledge is. If a coach is not good, he cannot impact good value to the athlete. This workshop really improved my knowledge. I thank the NTF for bringing and making this program accessible to us rather than doing it just in Abuja.”
For Olawumi oluwafemi, an indigenous coach who trains kiddies, and still competes in the seniors,
“There were many areas of coaching that I did not know and therefore did not expose my athletes to. This will now change as I look forward to putting into practice everything I learnt from this workshop. I hope sponsors can support NTF as we need more programs like this”
Former Middle Weight Champion who is currently the Captain and Assisting Taekwondo Coach for the Nigeria Police, Ernest Orogbo, and is resident in Osun state hailed the impact of the event.
“In fact, as the workshop went on, it gave me so much ideas and knowledge for the future on how to build champions, and I cannot express how grateful I am for this program”
Impressed by the high quality and impact of the event, the State Commissioner of Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Ogunlade, who attended the workshop led the Federation’s delegation to the Osun State Government House to meet with the State’s Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and the State Commissioner for Budget, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Yunisa Olalekan Adebisi.
On behalf of the Osun State Government, the Osun State Chief of Staff thanked the Federation for the impact that the event had made on the state and expressed the state’s readiness to support the sport and host a bigger future event.
“The fact that the Osun State government now has a Ministry of Sports fully dedicated to Sports indicates that we are aware of the impact sport has on our community. Taekwondo has won laurels for Osun and this taekwondo workshop further establishes a good relationship between us and the Federation. Thus, we would do our best to support the Federation in the future”
In response, President of the Federation, Margaret Elizabeth Binga thanked the State for its warm hospitality and promised that the Federation would work hand-in-hand with the State Government to bring a huge event to the state to further assist the development of Taekwondo in the state and in the region.
The Federation and all the attendants of the workshops were later hosted to a dinner by the Attorney-General and State Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Ajibola Basiru, whose wife Magistrate Habibat Basiru is the State Taekwondo Chairperson.
Over the past five months, the coaching series has seen the Taekwondo Federation go to Maiduguri [North East], Abakaliki [South East], Makurdi [North Central] before the just concluded Osogbo [South West] part. The program moves to Gusau [North West] this weekend before being concluded in Calabar in a fortnight.