Handball coaches who attended a training organised by the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) in Abuja say the Federation deserves lots of commendation for organising the level three coaching course.
Some of the participants, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja, said they have learned new ideas during the course which was for senior coaches.
Olatunde Tomi, the head coach of an Ondo state handball club, said the training exposed coaches to modern trends of coaching handball.
He said the coaching course would re-focus the participants’ vision and enhance the development of hanbball in the country.
“Participants from all the six geo-political zones were at the training and this was really good.
“I thank the board of the HFN for the vision and mission of organising this coaching course for senior coaches in the country.
“I will go on to introduce the modern trends to my subordinate coaches in Ondo State to enable them take to their various zones in the state.
“We need to introduce this new knowledge to young players by organising a competition ‘catch them young’ in schools and colleges,” Tomi said.
Sunday Ajana, the head coach of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on his part said the training was an eye-opener to him.
He assured that he would utilise the knoweldge acquired to improve his players.
“We didn’t know that our players need to be in the gymnasium some weeks before their competition.
“Our instructor told us that players need to gym even two week before any competition so that they will be well fit for their games.
“The foundation of the building must be strong so that when we have a good foundation of the structure we can now build any type of structure on it.
“I learnt new techniques to train my players, and also about modern equipment in training players.
“With this knowledge, players will have a good performance in their games,” Ajana said.
Aaron Okogie of Edo Dynamos handball club also said the knowledge he gathered during the training would never be wasted.
“We have enough materials to train our players, but with this training we will get the latest equipment to train our players ahead of any competition.
“We appreciate our instructor from Iran and the International Organising Committee (IOC) for organising this training in Nigeria.
“This is just the current trend of coaching and a new level has come into training our players,” he said.
Also, Olubukola Duru, the coach of Seasiders of Lagos, said the knowledge gained would help her to teach new techniques and also enhance her training of players.
“I have learnt a lot of new things in the course of this training. I now have a new idea of how to build and train my players ahead of any competition.
“My players will now have a good performance in any competition they will feature in and this is a great handball development programme in the country.
NAN reports that 25 coaches participated in the course for senior handball coaches which started on Monday and ended on Sunday.
(Edited by Joseph Edeh and Olawale Alabi)