Three young women drawn from the local sport sector were selected to undergo a three month online Certified Leadership course organised by the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region Five.
The trio Regina Dembo, Cynthia Masingati and Wakissa Yatina is among 30 participants undergoing the course which started on July 15 and will end on September 11.
One of the facilitators Ivy Kondowe-Chinangwa said AUSC is collaborating with the Association for International Sports to run the programme.
“The two organisations are doing this to train people who will promote physical activities so that ultimately we have healthy citizens,” she said.
The Sports Science Lecturer at Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) said the course aims at strengthening skills and competence in planning and organising physical activities and sport for all within communities.
“Here we are not talking about competitive sporting activities but physical activities like aerobics and community fun walks. It is important to keep our bodies healthy in order to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases,” Kondowe-Chinangwa said.
The facilitator said the course would equip participants with the skills to promote sports for all.
“This is going to help us encourage more people to engage in sports,” she said.
Turning to the trio, Kondowe- Chinangwa said it was selected on merit for being active in sporting activities.
“Regina is the general secretary for Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi and also a mentee in the Women Leadership Programme and Sport for All. Cynthia is an athletics coach who is attached to athletics in Schools while Wakissa Yatina in a basketball player,” she said.
All the 30 participants were drawn from eight of the 10 Region Five countries while Angola and Mozambique are not represented.
This is the first time the course is being held online due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The participants are having two-hour classes twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday.
They will be taken through various topics that include sports for all and physical activity, event management, marketing and public relations, leadership and safe sports, community club formation inclusive sport, managing finances as well as communication and clean sport for all among others.
Previously, participants were required to pay for the course but in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Region Five has exempted them from paying the fees.