On Monday 2 August 2021, the TAFISA Certified Leadership Course (CLC) for Sport for All, hosted by the Saudi Sports for All Federation, commenced with an official opening ceremony which included words from Ms Shaima Saleh Alhusseini, Managing Director & CEO, Saudi Sport for All Federation and Mr Wolfgang Baumann, Secretary General, TAFISA. This is the inaugural CLC hosted by Saudi SFA, a strong and committed member of the Global Sport for All Movement, and the course gathered the attention of 130 potential participants, with 55 being selected to take part.
The CLC will take place over 5 weeks - totaling 20 hours of online training - with lectures and group work building up to examinations which will take place on 1 September 2021. Participants that attend 100% of the course and participate in the group examination will be presented with a Graduation Certificate and become part of the Global TAFISA CLC Alumni.
The TAFISA CLC, supported by the International Olympic Committee, is an internationally accredited course, equipping the current and would-be Sport for All practitioners with the relevant skills and competencies to assist in effectively designing and delivering Sport for All initiatives. In the past, the leadership course has been successfully delivered in countries from Iran to Trinidad and Tobago, from Kazakhstan to Australia, from China to Tanzania, from Argentina to Latvia, and beyond.
The Saudi SFA CLC comprises sessions led by a range of international experts from across the Global Sport for All Movement, including two moderators – Prof. Anneliese Goslin (Emeritus Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa) and Mr Finn Berggren (Special Advisor, Berggren Consult, Denmark) - as well as guest speakers Mr Wolfgang Baumann (Secretary General, TAFISA, Germany), Mr Peter Barendse (Chair, TAFISA Europe, Netherlands) and Mr Stanley Mutoya (CEO, African Union Sports Council Region 5). Following the course’s official launch on Monday August, the CLC has covered a range of topics, including Global Philosophy of Sport for All & TAFISA, Sport for All in Saudi Arabia, Sport for All Programme & Events Management, Target Groups & Settings in Sport for All, Marketing & Public Relations in Sport for All, with further topics and themes to be introduced in the coming weeks. The Group Work components have been designed so that the participants can work in smaller groups in breakout rooms, working together on creating a Sport for All initiative, this can be a programme, event, campaign, policy, strategy, etc. Each group work session is building on content provided through lectures as well as building on previous group work activities.
As we near the halfway point of the CLC, the participants have remained committed and motivated despite the challenging nature of virtual meetings. We look forward to the rest of the course and thank the Saudi Sports for All Federation for their ongoing dedication to the Sport for All Movement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and globally.
TAFISA Certified Leadership Courses in Sport for All were developed to train and qualify national Sport for All leaders around the globe. Since their inception in 2007, and with the IOC support since 2010, more than 50 TAFISA International and National CLCs have been successfully hosted by TAFISA members and NOCs all over the world, resulting in an international network of more than 1000 graduates.
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