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2010 / NO.2
2010 / NO.2
Macao Sport Development Board Sent Delegates to Participate in TAFISA Sport for All Certified Leadership Course

Jointly organised by the Association for International Sports for All (TAFISA) and the Malaysian Leisure and Recreation Council (MARFIMA), supported by the Asiania Sport for All Association (ASFAA), the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Malaysia (MYSM) and the International Youth Centre (IYC), the TAFISA Sport for All Certified Leadership Course was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 3rd to 8th May. The Macao Sport Development Board sent four delegates to attend the training course.

The Macao government has been dedicated to promoting the development of Sports for All since the establishment of the Special Administrative Region. In recent years, the development of Sport for All has progressed and earned favourable results in different parts of the world. Hence, one of the main responsibilities of the Macao Sport Development Board is to keep up to date with the international developing of sport for all.

The TAFISA Sport for All Certified Leadership Course trains sport for all personnel from different countries on current information, technology and skills in addition to developing a systematic network that connects all international sport for all organisations. It also introduces the latest and the most effective ways to promote sport for all. The course covers the promotion of sport for all in terms of philosophy, policy, public health, marketing and volunteer recruitment etc. Through the training course, participants receive the latest and most comprehensive knowledge on sports for all. By sending delegates to attend the course, aside from broadening their horizons, the Board hopes that delegates will learn from their overseas experiences, creating positive and active impacts on promoting future development of sports for all in Macao.

The first course was held in Tehran, the capital of Iran in August 2007, attracting 40 participants from the Middle Eastern regions. The second course was held in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, attracting 50 participants from different parts of Africa. The course was held in Macao in 2008. Therefore, this is the second time the course was organised in the Asia Pacific region.

Participating countries in the programme included Thailand, Korea, Iraq, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Maldives, Guam, Iran and Macao, with a total of 44 partipants. TAFISA authoritative scholars from Germany, Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan chaired the programme. These scholars included the Secretary General of TAFISA Mr. Wolfgang Baumann, Member of the Sport for All Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Dr. Peter Kapustin, Professor of the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University Dr. Yasuo Yamaguchi. In addition to lectures on sport for all theories, the six-day course featured a number of practical activities, aimed at combining the theories and practices.

Upon completion of the course and passing the examination, all participants are awarded the Certificate of Completion.