World renowned coaching educator Istvan Balyi presented his second topic in his short visit to Bahrain about long-term athlete development at the National Stadium Conference Hall in Riffa.
The Canadian professor focused on the most significant basis and plans to develop sports associations and how to set up programmes to boost the level of competitions.
”Long-Term Athlete Development is an essential guide to improving the quality of sport, developing high-performance athletes, and creating healthy, active citizens,” said Balyi.
“It offers parents, coaches, and sport administrators a deeper understanding of the LTAD model, helping them create an enjoyable, developmentally appropriate environment for both competitive athletes and enthusiastic participants”.
Long-Term Athlete Development describes how to systematically develop sporting excellence and increase active participation in local, regional, and national sport organizations.
This resource describes the long-term athlete development (LTAD) model, an approach to athlete-centered sport that combines skill instruction with long-term planning and an understanding of human development.
“By learning about LTAD, sport administrators and coaches will gain the knowledge and tools to enhance participation and improve performance and growth of athletes,” added Balyi.
Balyi concluded his lecture saying: “Change is inevitable, progress is optional”, and noted that shall we seek development, we should set up a long-term plan with a clear scientific basis, which will enable us to gain positive results in the near future just like in Canada, where 64 sports federations were successfully developed, by monitoring the government’s budget given to the federations.
The lecture, organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee’s Sports Training and Development Centre, was witnessed by representatives of national sports associations as well as Member of the Parliament Ali Bufarsan and other invited guests.