FINA Development programme 2011 kicks off in Kampala (UGA)

Development News

Gerd Nottelmann (GER)Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) in collaboration with FINA under its development programme 2011, held a swimming coaches (level 2) intermediate clinic from January 24 to February 3 in Kampala, Uganda.

The clinic’s primary focus was on building capacity of coaches in Uganda. The objectives of the clinic were to (1) to develop high caliber swimming coaches in Uganda (2) to build on the previously held FINA swimming level 1 clinic in 2010. USF is of the firm view that these objectives were fully met.

The clinic was facilitated by Mr. Gerd Nottelmann of Germany and was attended by 18 participants (all male) drawn from clubs registered with USF. The sessions were highly interactive. The participants acknowledged that they found the clinic rewarding.

Mr. Nottelmann also attended a debriefing meeting with some members of the USF executive committee, which expressed satisfaction with the clinic. USF would like to acknowledge the professional and excellent qualities that Mr. Nottelmann exhibited during the course. There is no doubt that he continues to build much needed capacity for swimming coaches in Uganda.

The clinic was opened and closed by USF President, Donald Rukare, and attended by the USF executive committee including the General Secretary Peter Mugisha on 24 January and 4 February 2011 respectively. Mr. Rukare noted that USF was totally committed to building the capacity of Uganda coaches through clinics. He encouraged the coaches to utilize the skills obtained. Both ceremonies and the clinic were covered by both the electronic and print media.

USF would like to thank FINA, Mr. Gerd Nottelmann, Mr. and Mrs. Mosley for all the assistance in making the clinic a reality and success. We look forward to further support and run clinics in the future.

(Donald Rukare's report, Uganda Swimming Federation)