Coach Education/Training

Importance of Coaching:

Coaches play a very crucial role in sports excellence and helping our athletes to realise their sporting potentials. These individuals motivate, encourage and inspire our athletes and if without them, most athletes would fail to reach their full potential. Coaching is therefore central to the development of sport at every level. A coach is also the athlete’s friend, mentor, competitor and sometimes, a pillar of strength as the athlete pushes himself to the limit and excels on the world sporting stage.

Areas of focus:

Coaches help athletes prepare by looking into their physical, tactical, mental and technical development. Besides being the facilitator in the four areas, coaches need to look into fulfilling the following coaching roles:

  • Advisor – Advising athletes on the training to be conducted and suitable kit and equipment.
  • Assessor – Assessing athletes performance in training and in competition
  • Chauffeur – Transporting them to sporting events if parents or family are unavailable to take them.
  • Counsellor – Resolving emotional problems on the basis that sharing anxieties can be both relieving and reassuring.
  • Demonstrator – Demonstrate to the athletes the skill you require them to perform. To achieve this it is important that you also keep fit.
  • Friend – Over the years of working with an athlete a personal relationship is built up where as well as providing coaching advice you also become someone, a friend, who they can discuss their problems or share their success with. It is important to keep personal information confidential because if you do not then all respect the athlete had for you as a friend and coach will be lost.
  • Facilitator – Identify suitable competitions for them to compete in to help them achieve their overall objectives for the year.
  • Fact finder – Gathering data of national and international results and to keep abreast of current training techniques.
  • Fountain of knowledge – This may be part of the advisor role in that you will often be asked questions on any sporting event, events that were on the television, diet, sports injuries and topics unrelated to their sport.
  • Instructor – Instructing athletes in the skills of their sport.
  • Mentor – When athletes attend training sessions you are responsible, to their parents and family, for ensuring that they are safe and secure. You have to monitor their health and safety whilst training and support them should they have any problems or sustain any injuries.
  • Motivator – Maintain the motivation of all the athletes the whole year round.
  • Organiser and planner – Preparation of training plans for each athlete and organise attendance at meetings and coaching clinics.
  • Supporter – Competition can be very nerve racking experience for some athletes and often they like you to be around to help support them through the pressures. Role of a ‘Friend’ and perhaps ‘Counsellor’ come in here to.

Objectives of SDSC’s Coach Framework

Therefore, the objectives of SDSC’s coach framework are:

  • To help our elite athletes develop their full potential on the world’s sporting stage;
  • To facilitate a seamless transition of athletes as they progress from the novice and developmental to elite stages through a structured and aligned training structure/system;
  • To help promote and develop disability sports by sharing knowledge and expertise with other athletes, coaches, officials, stakeholders and partners;
  • To assist SDSC volunteers/coaches/officials to upgrade, enhance and improve their technical and professional coaching capabilities with the eventual outcome of supporting our athletes and the sports.


Coaching levels/scales for SDSC coaches

Beside the above coaching roles, coaches of varying technical and professional capabilities are needed for different level of sports development. For instance, an elite coach must be able to plan a suitable competition schedule for elite para athletes so that they are able to peak at the right moment in important competitions and to allow adequate rest periods in-between competitions and trainings. A junior coach may therefore place more emphasis on the basics of that sport and to build up a good foundation from which the athlete can move onto a higher level or into the next developmental phase of his /her training.

Components of SDSC’s Coaching Levels

There are four different levels for any individual / coach who meet the respective minimum coaching criteria to come into SDSC’s coaching framework. Once they are accepted into the Coaching Framework, they are expected to sign a Coach Agreement:/Contract that would spell out the terms and conditions of their employment, their Targets or Key Performance Indicators and their role and responsibilities as coaches.

Coach Agreement/Contract

All coaches must sign a coach agreement/contract prior to the commencement of any sports training.

Coach’s roles and responsibilities

This will spell out clearly what is required of the coach from the different scales and what is expected of him as an SDSC coach.

Key Performance Indicators/Targets (KPIs)

Target setting is compulsory as it would determine how well the coach performs in his role and is he meeting the desired outcomes. A coach review will be conducted nearer the end of the date to ascertain the coach’s performances in relation to the stated KPIs.

Athletes’ monthly attendance report

Coaches are also required to submit their athletes’ monthly attendance report. This would be a generic template that all coaches must complete and submit to the respective SDO at the end of every month.

Athlete Progress Report

Coaches are also expected fill in a Progress Report to monitor the athletes’ performance on a monthly basis. This Progress Report must be submitted as and when requested for by SDSC.


The World Para Powerlifting (WPPO) and the Local Organising Committee are pleased to invite you to apply and participate in the WPPO education course which will be hosted prior to the Bogotà 2018 World Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships:

  • WPPO National/Level 3 Referee Course (02 — 05 December 2018)

The information below outlines all the details and requirements of the course.

We look forward to receiving your application and having your involvement in Para Powerlifting!



Course Details

Date: 02 — 05 December 2018
Location: Bogotà, Colombia
Candidate Fee: 150 Euro/new candidate (fee includes 2017-2020 Referee License)
Delivery Language: English

Application Deadline: 01 October 2018


WPPO Level 3 Referee Course

The WPPO Level 3 Referee Course is designed to provide individuals who are, or wish to be, involved with officiating at WPPO competitions, as well as gain the knowledge and understanding to ensure that the athletes can compete at their very best under consistently applied Rules and Regulations in the most effective managed environment.

Each course day will incorporate theoretical, practical and interactive elements. Covered topics will include:

  • Cycle and Competition Schedule
  • Technical Rules and Regulations
  • Referee Pathway
  • Referee Appointment
  • Athlete Eligibility
  • Referee Roles and Responsibilities
  • Competition Forms and Processes
  • Competition Management.


Candidate Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age by the start date of the course
  • In good standing with their National Paralympic Committee and National Federation
  • Good understanding of English (Good command of speaking, reading and writing in English necessary for International Pathway); at the discretion of WPPO, candidates may bring a translator at their own cost
  • Availability and ability to complete the entire duration of the course followed by an assessment


Candidate Application Process

Candidates must complete and submit the Application Form by no later than 01 October 2018, by email to the WPPO Development Co-ordinator, Dillon Richardson at

Following the submission of the Application Form, the candidate will be reviewed. If approved, the NPC and the candidate will receive a written confirmation from the WPPO. Please do not book any flights, transportation, and payment related to the course until this confirmation is received. 



Course Logistics

Candidate Fee Payment

After completing and submitting the Candidate Application Form, the application will be reviewed. If approved, the NPC will receive written confirmation from WPPO and an invoice for the candidate fee with instructions on how to complete the payment. Please do not book any flights/transport until you have received confirmation that your application is accepted.



If a candidate requires a visa to enter Japan, they must complete this process through the nearest Colombian Embassy or Consulate.

In order to receive an invitation letter, the candidate must complete and submit the Visa Application Form along with a copy of their current passport by email to the LOC Contact at


Accommodation and Meals

For candidates who will pay the full participation fee to attend the Americas Open Championships, accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the duration of the course are available at the hotels listed below.

To arrange your accommodation, candidates must complete and submit to the LOC the attached Accommodation Form no later than 15 October 2018.

All accommodation requests should be sent to the LOC who will directly manage and book accommodation for all competing nations in order to ensure that accessibility needs are met.

  • Hotel Sheraton Bogota
    • Official Championships Hotel for all athletes and team officials, this hotel offers accommodation in single, twin rooms:
      • Single Twin Room: 225USD a night/person, incl. 3 meals a day
      • Twin Room: 140USD a night/person, incl. 3 meals a day
    • Please be informed that the check-in time to the hotel is 3 pm and the check-out is until 2 pm. Teams may request an early check-in or late check-out. However, this is subject to availability and will incur an additional cost per room.
  • Hotel Capital
    • Official Championships hotel for all athletes and team officials, this hotel offers accommodation in single, twin rooms:
      • Single Room: 190USD a night/person, incl. 3 meals a day
      • Twin Room: 125USD a night/person, incl. 3 meals a day
    • Please be informed that the check-in time to the hotel from 1 pm and the check-out until 3 pm. Teams may request an early check-in or late check-out. However, this is subject to availability and will incur an additional cost per room.
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
    • Official Championships hotel for all athletes and team officials, this hotel offers accommodation in single, twin rooms:
      • Single Room: 185USD a night/person, incl. 3 meals a day
      • Twin Room: 122.5USD a night/person, incl. 3 meals a day
    • Please be informed that the check-in time to the hotel is from 1 pm and the check-out time is until 3 pm. Teams may request an early check-in or late check-out. However, this is subject to availability and will incur an additional cost per room.



Each confirmed candidate must transfer all accommodation fees by no later than 01 November 2018. The LOC will send an invoice after receiving your booking information. The participant/NPC is responsible for covering all bank fees with regards to the bank transfers.


Cancellation Policy

Should a candidate be required to cancel rooms then the following cancellation policy will apply:


Travel and Transportation

Candidates who remain for the competition and pay the full competition participation fees, transport will be provided from/to the official airports to the official hotels only. The official airports are:

  • El Dorado International Airport
    • If required, local transportation from the official hotels to the course venue will also be provided. To arrange your transport, please submit the attached Travel Information Form to the LOC by no later than 01 November 2018The booking and costs for all international airfare/transportation to attend the course are at the candidate/NPC’s own expense. 
    • The distance and time from this airport are 9.5 km and 0.5 hours.



Outline of Required Forms, Payment, and Deadlines

Form/PaymentDeadlineLinkSubmit to/Contact
Referee Application Form01 October 2018WPPO Application FormWPPO
Visa Application Form01 October 2018Visa Application FormLOC and WPPO
Accommodation Form15 October 2018Accommodation FormLOC and WPPO
Travel Information Form01 November 2018Travel Information FormLOC and WPPO
Accommodation Final Payment01 November 2018LOC and WPPO



Contact Details

World Para Powerlifting

Dillon Richardson
Development Co-ordinator
Tel. +49 228 2097-214


Local Organising Committee

Carlos Ragioza
Competition Manager
Tel. +51 3112570982