Jul 12

AGU MAG Coaching Camp – Singapore

Singapore Gymnastics in conjunction with Asian Gymnastics Union, organised the Asian Gymnastics Union Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Common Training Camp for Coaches in Singapore 8th – 14th July 2012.  This camp is funded by the Asian Gymnastics Union through the AGU Development Programme which started 5 years ago in cooperation with the FIG.

To develop young athletes to their full potential in high performance gymnastics, the development of coaches is essential.  It is great to be able to provide coaches with opportunities like these to update and advance skills and knowledge.  This camp offers a great platform for coaches to learn from each other’s experiences.  The participants had the pleasure of Mr Takashi Kobayashi as the expert to lead this week’s camp.  Mr Kobayashi has years of experience coaching members of the Japanese Olympic Team, and through his role as coaching director at the Japan Olympic Training Centre.

The coaching camp attracted participants and coaches from: Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Jordan, Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Lebanon and Singapore.

2nd Vice President of Singapore Gymnastics, Mr Gregory Rutledge, gave the welcome message at the Opening Ceremony of the event.  The camp commenced with the fundamental aspects in forward tumbling with the use of the trampoline and tumble track with pits.  Topics covered later during specific apparatus sessions related back to this initial teaching and coaches practised spotting techniques with the gymnasts.  With simple techniques that are understood and frequently used in coaching, Mr Kobayashi was able to explain the reason why the technique is used from a biomechanical point of view, deepening understanding of fundamental aspects.  Furthermore Mr Kobayashi implemented a group presentation for the coaches to demonstrate their learning of a skill, a similar format to the FIG Academy practical examination.  Tomorrow, the groups will present their topic to the group, and the course will conclude with a closing ceremony.