Excellent instruction at Swimming Coaches clinic in Kampala (UGA)

Development News

Gerd Nottelmann (GER)As part of its 2010 development programme, and in conjunction with Uganda Swimming Federation (USF), FINA funded a Swimming Coaches clinic (Level 1) in Uganda from July 5-14, at the Hotel Africana and the Aga Khan Swimming Pool in Kampala. The event was coordinated by the USF.

The following report was submitted by Uganda Swimming Federation Donald Rukare following the successful completion of the clinic:

The clinic’s primary focus was on building capacity of coaches in Uganda. The objectives of the clinic were to (1) to develop high calibre swimming coaches in Uganda (2) to build on the previously held FINA swimming clinic in 2009.  

The clinic was facilitated by Gerd Nottelmann of Germany and was attended by 28 participants (all male) drawn from clubs registered with USF. In addition, Nottelmann from July 10-11 held practical sessions with two clubs. USF in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Sports held a clinic for 10 officials (2 female and 8 male) from national universities and national teacher training colleges in Uganda, which ran from July 12-14. All sessions were highly interactive.

Nottelmann also attended a debriefing meeting with the USF executive committee, which expressed satisfaction with the clinic. USF would like to acknowledge the professional and excellent qualities that Nottelmann exhibited during the course. The participants unanimously found his input to be of exceptional quality. There is no doubt that he has built capacity of the swimming coaches in Uganda.

We are beginning to see the fruits of the FINA development programmes, as Uganda won its first swimming medals - bronze in 50m and 100m breastroke by Jamila Lunkuse - at the just concluded African Youth Games in Rabat, Morrocco.