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Zambia to host Council of Coaches conference

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA will for the first time in October this year host a two-day Council of Coaches conference at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
The conference, which will be hosted for the first time in Africa, will be organised by the Confederation of Southern African National Olympic Committee (COSANOC) in conjunction with African Union Sports Council Region Five.
A total of 120 coaches from within the region are expected to be trained.
COSANOC secretary general Muriel Hofer said during a press briefing in Lusaka on Monday that the conference will also support the development of structures for coaches to sustain trainers in a bid to improve sport in the region.
“We are looking forward to hosting the first ever coaches conference, this is a great development for us as southern region. We have noticed that a number of countries worldwide have invested in developing coaches, we also acknowledge the fact that our high performance are developed from way below, for this reason the conference will also include grass root coaches’’ Hofer said.
She said the initiative that was developed from a Memorandum of Understanding between COSANOC and Region five will be key in developing quality coaches that will accord the southern region with an improved performance in sport.
Hofer said COSANOC and Region five will continue to hold meetings prior to the event to plan on the criteria of choosing coaches who will attend the conference.
And AUSC Region five general manager Stanley Mutoya said Zambia is privileged to host the conference.
“This will be a great opportunity not only for Zambia but the region. It will be an opportunity to take the region to greater heights,” Mutoya said.

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