St Luke’s Brighton became the first school in Barbados to experience the International Athletics Association Federation Level One Coaching Competition/Exhibition, held at the school this morning under the direction of IAAF Level One coach Racquel Yarde.
Yarde said the coaching clinic could be a developmental stage or precursor leading up to meets such as the National Athletics Primary School Athletic Championship (NAPSAC).
“This IAAF athletic event is promoting the developmental skills that are needed in physical education such has running, jumping and throwing which would allow the children to improve their skills. I definitely think that this event can be used as a precursor leading up to NAPSAC because it’s getting the children prepared for NAPSAC and maybe it is something that can start at the beginning of the term so by time the children are ready for NAPSAC or BSSAC they are prepared,” Yarde said.
She stated the competition/exhibition which was being conducted was one of the ways to give physical education teachers an alternative to kids’ athletics and a way of team-building which she hoped all schools in Barbados would come on board and be a part of.
Yarde also added that the clinic was geared to children seven years of age and over.
Level One lecturer and level three coach with the IAAF, Elroy Agard, who conducted the first ever IAAF Level One coaching program designed for physical education teachers in Barbados along with the assistance of Desire Crichlow last year, said that kids athletics as it was referred to, was traditional track and field which was there to help teachers and coaches train athletes in a more developmental and educational manner.
“Kids athletics is a way to introduce athletics and physical activities in a fun way, and a very manageable way, so the students can achieve success at every level,” Agard said.
Agard added that it was important for all schools to recognize the IAAF program was a good one to have in their schools because the physical education teachers should be about teaching skills at the primary level rather than teaching a sport.
“There is a way to encourage teachers to become proficient in kids athletics and perhaps if we link up with the ministry of education we can do some workshops and develop their physical education skills,” Agard said.
Meanwhile the principal, Andrew Haynes, explained the clinic which was conducted provided an avenue for the students to experience physical education in a different way and they would be looking to make it an annual activity at the school.