GOC opens seminar for Health Instructors

Keefit instructorsIn line with its goal of continually building the capacity of coaches and instructors, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and Sports for All has opened a five-day seminar for 35 Keep-Fit Instructors at the National Sports College, at Winneba on Monday 8th February, 2016.

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 follows an earlier one 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.

He explained that the GOC working through Olympic Solidarity supports four 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 is to upgrade the standard of instructors in the country and also get as many of them certified.

The participants will be 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 ends on Friday, 12th February, 2016 at Winneba.