By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
To help improve their work in sports training, the Department of Education (DepEd) encouraged qualified physical education teachers and coaches in public schools to apply and participate in a two-year international coaching course in Germany.
DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan, in DepEd Memorandum No. 098 s. of 2018 issued to undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, bureau and service directors, regional directors, schools division superintendents, and public secondary school heads, announced the International Coaching Course by the University of Leipzig in Germany which is organized from 2020 to 2022.
The course, Malaluan said, will “provide participants with profound and science-based knowledge, as well as competencies in the methodology of sports training.” He added that the international coaching course will also “enable participants” to “train athletes and teams appropriate to their age in the selected sports discipline or as a conditioning coach to take care of their mental and physical preparation.”
Successful participants to the international coaching course will also be able to “apply the acquired and in-depth knowledge, as well as their methodical competencies in practical sports training under different conditions.” Likewise, the participants will learn how to “analyze development tendencies in their selected sports discipline and to take into consideration when planning their own training process.”
Through the international coaching course, the participants are also able to “act as multipliers in the selected sports discipline” such as organizing training and further education courses for sports coaches and instructors in their home country. Also, the course will also “promote further development of sports structures and acquisition of new target groups in the field of sports.”
Malaluan, in the memo, said that the program is “open to qualified coaches and physical education teachers” below 40 years old with completed higher education in the field of sports. “Female applicants are highly encouraged,” he added.
In relation to this, Malaluan urged all DepEd regional and school division offices “are encouraged to invite qualified applicants for the course.” The said course is financed by the German Foreign Office and the qualified applicants will receive a monthly allowance. However, international airfare “has to be borne by the participant/participating country.”
DepEd said that the name of the applicants must be submitted to the German Embassy on or before August 1, 2019. “The decision on who will be invited from the pool of qualified applicants rests with the University of Leipzig,” Malaluan ended.