By Nicola Hargreaves on 15/05/12 at 3:30 pm
A group of ITU coaches gathered in Slovakia last weekend to take part in an ITU Level 1 Club & Community Coaching Course. A total of 20 coaches from Israel, Slovakia and Croatia attended the course in Hotel Dom Sportu in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
The course was organized by ITU Development Coordinator for Europe, Zeljko Bijuk (CRO) and Secretary General of the Slovakian Triathlon Union, Jozef Jurasek (SVK) and included both theoretical and practical sessions.
The ITU Level 1 Club & Community Coaching Course, included information ranging from the swim, bike and run to transitions, basic nutrition and coach responsibility. Lectures were held in the Dom Sportu, former home of the Slovakian Olympic Committee and presently used by Slovakian sports federations.
Participants of the course had the opportunity to take part in an aquathlon race during their lunch break. The race took place in the lake behind the host hotel and allowed attendees to practice some of their newly learned techniques under the supervision of ITU facilitators Tibor Lehmann (HUN), Zsolt Szakaly (HUN) and Bijuk.
The course was positively received by the young and ambitious coaches, many still active triathletes who all share the same enthusiasm to help promote triathlon in their respective countries.