Coaches Refresher Training Course
Dusting off the December holidays and its attached hang-overs, three seasoned master coaches with vast experience about Skillz program and HIV, led a battery of forty coaches through a three day refresher training course for all SKILLZ coaches. With newly recruited coaches on board, the aim of the workshop was to introduce Skillz program to the new coaches and getting the rest of the coaches stay on course with the program, catching up with the emerging trends and to make sure that everybody reads on the same page as far as program delivery is concerned. The trainings also included the importance of measuring the impact and how to conduct appropriate and effective qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation with the program participants.” The trainings have been very effective and interesting. The inclusion of some plays and fun as they learn fit the youth so well.” Said Wanja, a new Skillz coach.
Training With Coaches Across Continent
For the sixth consecutive year VAP played host to Coaches Across continents in conducting a 5 day sports for social impact trainings with over 40 coaches, some from VAP and others from different clubs and organizations. With a split of the coaches being returning coaches and some being new, the aim of the training was to introduce new football for social impact games and learning new games and skills from the local coaches in attendance. CAC’s certified community impact coaches from VAP led in most of the games teaching new games and skills to the rest of the coaches Some of the new games learned and shared included topic covering;HIV,EDUCATION, and ENVIRONMENT.The invited coaches and organizations who partner with VAP programs took home a bonus knowledge of football for life skills that they would implement with their respective teams, while the host the trainings supplemented additional knowledge and expertise in delivering sports based life intervention programs. The coaches in attendance agreed to form a whatzz up and a facebook networking group where they would share out their activities, information including child protection policy etc.
Programs Around The Schools
With schools having kicked off in the month of January, it’s all systems go, with different programs actively running in schools. Armed with fresh information from the refresher course with targets and goals already set, the coaches are reaching out to secondary and primary school students as well as community members across Nairobi. Despite the awareness programs, plans are afoot for this year’s thematic community events that are generally perceived as a ‘bonus’ to the ongoing awareness program both for the participants and community members where they would access health services and other life changing information from various partners. Additionally with the approval from Kenya medical research institute and the partnership of other institutions,VAP is setting up the stage to run a couple of pilot studies surrounding its