ICES methods implemented ahead of community sport plans

Ghanaian organisations will adopt the International community Coach Education System (ICES) mapping approach to identify areas of need and good practice ahead of plans to develop the national sports structure.
Representatives discuss the new ICES mapping approach

Delegates from eleven key sport organisations in Ghana, including UK Sport partners involved in the International Inspiration programme, met to discuss the development of community sport, focusing on the sustainability of community coaches and the programmes they implement.

Last year Ghana became the eighteenth country to join the International Inspiration programme, helping London Olympic Games achieve its aim of connecting 12 million young people with sport. Sharing an overarching mission to ensure young people have the right to access safe, quality and developmental community sport, the ICES initiative will now work with partners to sustain this legacy.

Discovering the need for a participant pathway - catergorising the training and support coaches need to develop their professional capacity, emphasis was placed on retaining life-long participation by ensuring access to sport between grassroots and elite levels.

Organisations including UNICEF, Right To Play, Ghana Olympic Association, Paralympic Committee and BILD joined government representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Education to identify their community coaches and their training and development needs.

As a result of the meeting, a community coaching sub group has now been tasked to provide an outline for community sport development that will be taken to the steering group for agreement.

Priya Samuel, International Sport Development Manager for UK Sport, believes, “Though there is a lot of work still to do, the positive responses from this meeting signal that a sustainable structure and development programme for community sport in Ghana is very close.”

In a recent ICES webinar, a quarterly online forum hosted by UK Sport and open to participants around the world, practitioner Norman Brook emphasised the need for organisations to align their coaching qualifications to nationally recognised structures to increase these individuals employability. By carrying out the ICES mapping approach, these aspects will also be taken into consideration.
1 Shahid Ulhaq Guest January 24, 2013 - 10:17
I joined ICES webinar and found it good for my people to learn more for the development of coaches in new direction as community coachese.
It is good initiative for the developing countries to learn through webinar.
Thank you Priya for your support.
2 priya.samuel Member February 28, 2012 - 15:29
The ICES approach is flexible and based on three key principles:

1. Community sport as about the participant’s needs, entitlements and development.

2. Helping coaches must be relevant to where they coach – context specific.

3. Collaborating with other organisations regionally, nationally or internationally.

If your organisation would like to know further information please email:
3 Derrick O. Charway Guest February 25, 2012 - 09:28
This is fantastic. The ICES is a very important tool to accelerate human, Social and National Development
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