… 2017 closes with one of the busiest months ever for the FIG Coach Education Programmes with 231 different coaches from 34 countries and 30 experts from 15 countries attending eight Academies and one age group camp. These were:
December 1-8: Level 2 Academy for MAG & WAG in Cairo, Egypt
December 1-8: Level 2 Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Cairo, Egypt
December 3-10: Level 1 Academy for Aerobic Gymnastics in Lima, Peru
December 3-10: Level 1 Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Lima, Peru
December 4-11: Level 2 Academy for Aerobic Gymnastics in Cotonou, Benin
December 5-12: Level 1 Academy for MAG & WAG in Guayaquil, Ecuador
December 10-14: MAG & WAG Age Group Camp in Cairo, Egypt
December 10-17: Level 3 Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Airdrie, Canada
December 14-21: Level 2 Academy for MAG & WAG in Canberra, Australia
Myself and Portuguese WAG National coach Pedro Roque were apparatus clinicians in Egypt.
It turned out to be the best-attended age group camp ever with 69 coaches from seven Arab federations – Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. Thirty-two of the participants were MAG coaches and 37 were WAG coaches.
I was impressed and inspired to meet coaches from Syria and Palestine trying their best to offer Gymnastics programs for kids despite many problems.
Host Egypt is very well organized. They’ve had strong coaching for decades.
We had a good number of FIG judges attend, as well.
Two FIG courses were hosted at the Olympic Centre for National Teams in Cairo, part of a secure, enclosed multi-sport venue with hotel and restaurant.
One evening Pedro and I visited the huge Wadi Degla Club in Cairo. Another world class venue with excellent, experienced coaches.
Gymnastics in Egypt is doing very, very well.