On 18th-19th July VAP coaches conducted a training of trainers’ course for its networking organizations. The 15 coaches who attended the life skills training were from VAP’s networking programs. Their organizations have been participating in VAP’s Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS awareness program and all of their program participants have graduated through the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS awareness program. The purpose of the training was to train and equip the coaches with new techniques and information on life skills. DAY ONE. On the first day in the morning hours coaches were taken through theoretical information on how sports and soccer in particular can be used for social change and instil important life skills to the participants. In the afternoon coaches were taken through various soccer drills that convey important life messages in regards to HIV/AIDS. The sessions were followed by group discussion where coaches had to: communicate, think critically and share ideas about HIV/AIDS. DAY TWO Day two of the training was mainly focusing on monitoring and evaluation, how coaches would really measure the impact of their respective programs. Coaches were given data that contained sections of participant’s names, gender, age, school; team etc.The idea of the data was for the coach to use during their program.”It’s very important to know how soccer can really change the life of a human being, especially the kids that we serve.”Said Tom Onyango, youth coach from Majengo club who attended the training.
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