Athletics Nigeria to hold Coaches' Forum/Clinic next week in Lagos

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will hold a Coaches' Forum/Clinic for all active and practicing coaches in Nigeria from Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th October 2012 at the National Institute for Sports (NIS) Multi-Purpose Hall, Surulere in Lagos.

The theme of the forum/clinic is 'Re-Equiping Nigerian Coaches for Enhanced Elite Performance'  to be led by Nigeria-born UK Athletics Coach Michael Afilaka (the coach of UK teenage sprinter and World Junior 100m champion, Adam Gemili) and IAAF Instructor Rotimi Obajimi.

A media release signed by the Secretary General of AFN, Maria Worphill stated: "This is in order to update and refresh coaches in the country and to incorporate them in the effort the Federation is making to take athletics to greater heights.

"In view of this, I am directed to invite three practicing coaches per State Athletics Association and one coach per athletics club/Military and Para Military/ Schools and Higher Institutions in Nigeria to participate at this forum."

Daily Programme of Events:

Arrival: 17th October 2012

Day 1

  • 0800-1200 - Registration/accreditation of Participants.
  • 1400-1530 - Opening Ceremony (Guest of Honour-Hon Minister/Chairman NSC)
  • 1530-1600 - Cocktail
  • 1600-1800 - Open Parlour. (Moderator to be appointed)

Day 2

  • 0900-1200 - Morning Session - Maximizing Results through Identification of Elite Performance Components - A Scientific Approach (Coach Michael Afilaka - UK)
  • 1200-1400 - Lunch
  • 1400-1700 - Afternoon Session - Elite Athletes Management- The Coach's Perspective (Mr Rotimi Obajimi)

Day 3

  • 0900-1200 - Morning Session - Contemporary Approach to Periodisation and Yearly Planning for Developing/Elite athletes (Coach Michael Afilaka-UK)
  • 1200-1400 - Lunch
  • 1400-1700 - Afternoon Session - Optimizing Resources to Achieving Elite Performances/Results (Dr Elias Gora)
  • 1730-1800 - Closing Ceremony
  • 1530-1600 - Cocktail

Departure: 21" October 2012

All participants are expected to arrive a day prior to the commencement of the coaching clinic, and must forward their intention to participate to the AFN secretariat not later than Sunday 14th October 2012.

Yomi Omogbeja is the Editor of Africa's main track and field website and magazine - and a trained Sports Psychologist from the University of Ibadan.

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