GSBS 2016 Trains Its Sights Firmly On Building Foundation for a Stronger Sport Training Fraternity

Entertainment | December 23, 2016 | News

Times of India

Sports in India is witnessing a radical change with forward-looking reforms being implemented to usher in a culture of sports within the country. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in conjunction with the HRD Ministry are playing their part to ensure that India meets its ambitious vision of creating some of the world’s finest sportspersons. These bodies are aggressively promoting the inculcation of sports at a grassroot level. Indeed, schools and colleges remain key to the nurturing and grooming of tomorrow’s sports talent pool across the nation.  

The coaches of today play a critical role in moulding the nascent talent of budding sportspeople. More than just the stereotypical role portrayed by some or enabling the racking up of points on a scoreboard though, the right coach can help unlock the talent of a budding sportsperson in much the same way as access to the right infrastructure can. The finest of sportspeople down the ages have scaled the summit of their respective sports backed by the guiding hand of some of the game’s finest coaches. Sportspeople and their coaches share a symbiotic relationship, with prime examples of this seen across the sporting spectrum. Sachin Tendulkar and Ramakant Achrekar; Pete Sampras and Robert Lansdorp; Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson; P.V. Sindhu with Pullela Gopichand; the list of sporting synergies is a long and illustrious one.

With the intention of building a bright future for the Indian sports and fitness fraternity, The Times of India Global Sports Business Show 2016, scheduled to be held from December 21 to 23 at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai, has designed a “Train-the-Trainer” programme. The programme is targeted at all fitness trainers; school & college physical education teachers; school/college students, sports aspirants, sports instructors; coaches/ trainers of gymkhanas, federations & associations, gyms, yoga and zumba classes. This initiative will give a fillip to the sports community working passionately towards the collective dream of realizing India’s sporting dreams.

The Train-the-Trainer model enables experienced personnel to guide aspiring coaches and instructors on the optimal ways in which to deliver courses, workshops and seminars. Through training sessions led by the course designer or subject-matter expert, these sessions can be an invaluable tool in building a pool of competent coaches who can then pass on their learnings to a collection of learners. These sessions typically prepare instructors to present information effectively, respond to participant questions and lead activities that reinforce learning and teach instructors on techniques to lead discussions, listen effectively, make accurate observations and help their wards to realize their full potential.

The Train-the-Trainer workshop will be conducted over 3 days in a dedicated zone, with intensive sessions designed to turn participants into top-notch facilitators. The Bhaichung Bhutia Football School and NBA India will be conducting a workshop on December 21, the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation is scheduled to conduct a workshop on December 22 with Kaizzad Capadia slated to conduct a mentorship session on December 23. These workshops intend to guide the participants through exercises, skill development methodologies and deploying modern fitness and training equipment that will help perfect their own coaching techniques.

The Train the Trainer sessions will include intensive workshops for coaches and aspiring sportspeople, which will be conducted by the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools, Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, and NBA certified coaches; and Question and Answer sessions on Health and Fitness by Kaizzad Capadia. These focused workshops will offer attendees crucial inputs on the latest trends and global best practices from renowned sporting bodies, and help instil a culture of sports excellence amongst the sportspeople of tomorrow.

The workshops will cover best practices from leading sports academies, and help bring in in-depth understanding on coaching methodologies and drive fitness programs via offering guidance on diet and nutrition. It will also offer insights on mental and physical development of athletes, help efficiently identify potential, motivate and nurture talent, spread awareness about the latest fitness and gym equipment and training regimens and help understand the tactical and social aspects of a good game play.

Commenting on the event, Deepak Lamba (President, Times Strategic Solutions Limited) said, "Across India, there has been growing recognition that we can create a richer sports talent pool by making changes at the grassroots level. The Times of India Global Sports Business Show 2016 is an effort in this direction, offering a rich source of ideas and expertise for trainers to draw from as they seek to create the sporting generation of tomorrow. We plan to create this property as the single biggest symposium for the sporting fraternity in India and equip trainers with the tools they need to create sportspeople that India can be proud of.”

Times of India Global Sports Business Show (GSBS) 2016 will see Bhaichung Bhutia Football School, Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, and others foster the trainers of tomorrow.

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