LEBA to host coaching course

LEBA to host coaching course

MASERU – The Lesotho Boxing Association (LEBA) with the help of the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) and Olympic Solidarity programme is hosting an AIBA 1-Star International Coaching Course at the Anglican Training Centre this week.
The seven-day course started on Sunday and will end on Saturday with successful coaches being awarded the International Boxing Association (AIBA) 1-Star certificates – the body’s entry level training qualification.

Devised by the AIBA Coaching Commission, the seminar is aimed at coaches working with young boxers and combines a mixture of classroom learning with practical activities. The course is being conducted by South Africa National Amateur Boxing Organisation president Andile Mofu and 19 coaches from all ten districts are in attendance.

The seminar has been made possible by the Olympic Solidarity programme which sees the television rights of the quadrennial Olympic Games allocated to National Olympic Committees to help with the development of athletes and coaches.
LEBA association public relations officer Katiso Tšenoli said the 1-Star course comes at a perfect time because Lesotho only has two internationally recognised coaches in Sibusiso Keketsi and Liphalo Moeketsi.

Through the 1-Star course, LEBA hopes more coaches will be equipped with the latest coaching and handling skills.
“The coaches we have in the country do not have relevant qualifications, only two coaches are qualified being Sibusiso Keketsi and Liphalo Moeketsi,” Tšenoli told thepost.

“We have a problem of coaches who are coaching with no qualifications and we are trying to make sure that everybody has relevant qualifications and skills to coach.” Tšenoli said the course will impart much-needed knowledge which LEBA expects the graduates to implement in their coaching.
So far coaches have been vigorously put through their paces with sessions on the rules for all of AIBA’s major competitions, the role of a cut-man, sports nutrition basics and the psychological preparation of athletes amongst a variety of topics.

The course will finish with practical and written examinations before a feedback session.
“It is a broad course not focused on certain things,” Tšenoli explained.
“(The coaches) are learning a lot, they are being taught how to handle a junior boxer and many more things,” he added.
“This is the 1-Star coaching level and there is 2-Star and 3-Star (afterwards). From here the coaches will now be able to coach at junior and senior levels.”

Luciah Phahla

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