On January 31, the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee (TTPC) hosted the Caribbean Coaching Certification Programme (CCCP), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC). The session was facilitated by David Farmer, director of the Barbados Olympic Academy.
The objective of the CCCP is to improve the competency level of all coaches, in all sporting disciplines throughout the Caribbean. It is geared toward a five-tiered programme which starts with the Community Sport Leader and the Coach Theory courses, then moves on to levels I, II and III sports specifics.
Throughout the three-day Coaching Theory programme, held at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee’s Office, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, over 24 coaches from various sports, including kayaking, kickboxing, athletics, tennis, football, volleyball, boccia, eagerly participated in the intense training course. Covering topics such as conduct of athletes and coaches, drugs in sport, goals, training for competition, injuries, nutrition, fitness and the running of events and tournaments, coaches received an insight into the training of both athletes with and without disabilities.
Sessions were held both in and out of the classroom; where participants were challenged through a series of Para sports, including blind football, boccia and goal ball, simulating situations faced by Para athletes.
This course is the first attempt ever by the Trinidad and TPC to educate coaches with the goal of developing better athletes for both Paralympic and Olympic competitions.