We kick started our activities for the year by organising a five-day National Keep Fit and Health Instructors Course for the National Sports For All Association at the Winneba Sports College on Monday, 8th February, 2016.
In line with our goal of continually building the capacity of coaches and instructors, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and Sports for All opened a five-day seminar for 35 Keep-Fit Instructors.
The basic course for instructors, which forms part of the GOC’s continuing efforts to produce certified coaches and trainers in the country, involves instructors from the Ashanti region, Central region and Western region.
This followed an earlier course held on 20th December, 2014 at the same venue which involved instructors from Volta, Greater Accra and Eastern regions.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Prof. Francis Dodoo said the course will go a long way to positively impact the health of Ghanaians.
He said supporting ‘Sports for All’ is unique because reaching them enables the GOC to reach a good number of Ghanaians, adding that the work of the Keepfit and Health instructors is very important.
"It is important that we reach out to the health needs of the people in the country and the quest to put an end to non-communicable diseases is key," he stressed.
He explained that the GOC working through Olympic Solidarity supports three national sports federations annually to organise such training programmes and that the programme happens to be the first for 2016.
The President of Sports for All, Nana Mankata, said the aim of the course was to upgrade the standard of instructors in the country and also get as many of them certified.
The participants were taken through practical and theoretical aspects of fitness training by the course instructor, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong during the period of training.
Dr. Sarpong said there is the need to change the approach to physical fitness in the country stating that, “Health is wealth. We see a lot of people exercising every time but end up doing more harm to themselves.”
The course ended on Friday, 12th February, 2016 at Winneba.