The past year has been incredibly busy for the FIG coach education programmes which oversaw and organised some 85 courses in 35 countries that were attended by nearly two thousand coaches from 85 countries and taught by 82 experts.
In addition, Parkour that became part of the FIG one year ago, was fast-tracked so that the Level 1 Academy Programme and the Age Group Development and Competition Programme were completed in three languages and introduced to fifteen countries in three courses. …
On December 13, for the first time ever, ten academies that were held on four continents, overlapped. More importantly, these included all seven competition disciplines – ACRO, AER, MAG, PK, RG, TRA, WAG – as well as Gymnastics for All. On that day 179 coaches from 27 countries and all continents were being taught by 31 FIG experts from 14 countries. It was a remarkable moment and one not likely ever to be repeated. …
Hardy Fink, FIG Director of Education and Academy Programmes, leaves the position end of February. His successor has not yet been named.
Hardy Fink is currently the Director of Education and Academy Programmes for FIG. He organises, amongst other things, FIG Academies, FIG Age Group Programme and Olympic Solidarity courses. All things education for 7 FIG competition disciplines – ACR, AER, MAG, PK, RG, TRA, WAG.
For some time Hardy has been asking for a transition plan to a successor. His is a massive job and not many in the world have the experience, knowledge and contacts to make it work.
Hardy has attend more World Championships & Olympics than anyone, for example. Stuttgart was his 32nd Worlds in series.
Shockingly, Hardy’s contract will not be renewed after February 29, 2020. And there’s no FIG transition plan.
Coaches around the world should be alarmed.
His office administrator in Switzerland will probably be off work on maternity leave, as well.
The only positive note is that Hardy has been asked to consult with his replacement over the next couple of years. In my opinion, that would be essential or FIG coach education opportunities will plummet.
related – Dvora Meyer’s recent interview with Hardy (for subscribers)
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