Activities Suriname Sport

1. Setting up General Sports Trainer and Organisational Management training programmes

The two programmes organised in the different regions are for General Sports Trainers and Organisational Management. Before the programmes were launched in the districts, 2 NKS instructors taught a General Sports Trainer refresher course in Paramaribo to 4 Surinamese General Sports Trainer instructors. These instructors had been trained as instructors for Recreational Sports Trainers about 10 years ago and were able to operate as assistant instructors at the General Sports Trainer programme following a one-week intensive refresher course.

1.1. General Sports Trainer

Programmes for General Sports Trainers were offered in 7 places. The programme comprises two parts.

a. General Sports Trainers Programme (2 x 2 weeks)

Participants are educated to become General Sports Trainers. The programme highlights sports-related aspects and touches on recreational ones as well. The following four components are pivotal in the programme:

  • organising (sports activities, tournaments etc.)
  • teaching (sports-specific skills)
  • communication
  • reflection

See Annex 1 for information about the content of this programme.

b. Enhanced General Sports Trainers Programme (1 x 2 weeks)

Following the General Sport Trainers programmes, interested individuals may attend a trainers' programme in sports technique for football and rounders. These programmes are organised by the Surinamese national sports associations.

1.2. Programme for General Sports Trainer Instructors

a. Assistant instructors

In each group two participants were selected and trained as General Sports Trainer assistant instructors. This programme comprised two parts:

  • a central programme for all talented members of the different training groups;
  • a de-central 'on the job' programme, in which prospective assistant instructors taught part of the programme alongside an accredited instructor as a learning and training experience.

b. Instructors and programme instructors

At the start of the project, 4 Surinamese Recreation Sports Trainer instructors were assigned to an NKS instructor as teaching assistants. When the first stage of the project concluded, 3 persons qualified as General Sports Trainer instructors. In the second stage the trained Surinamese instructors taught the General Sports Trainer programmes on their own, as well as a 'training on the job' segment, in which the Surinamese instructors learned how to train other instructors.

All are now employed by the Directorate of Sports as assistant instructors, instructors and programme instructors.

1.3. Organisational Management

The Organisational Management programmes were launched and conducted in parallel with the General Sports Trainer programmes in the same 7 places. The Organisational Management programme took place over the course of 3 two-week periods, interspersed with homework assignments. The programme is intended to help sports organisations in developing countries take shape, grow, develop and become more professional (capacity building) and to enhance the quality of the sports infrastructure, sports organisation, sports selection and sports participation in developing countries. The programme revolves around three competencies:

1. Organising

2. Communicating

3. Reflecting.

For the programme content, see Annex 2.

2. Promoting the establishment of sports organisations for young adults and women (amateur clubs, sports and gaming associations, organisation of recurring events).

In selecting the participating organisations, Stichting Sahara paid special attention to recruiting women's organisations and youth movements. Participating in the curriculum has strengthened these organisations. In addition, the programme focused extensively on the position of girls, women and young people in society, especially with respect to sports and exercise. Participants received homework and training assignments that encouraged participation by the target groups within their organisation.

3. Supporting practical implementation of sports and games by supplying equipment and setting up basic sports facilities.

All participating organisations were issued a sports equipment kit for the duration of the programme. Upon completing the programme, the organisations were allowed to keep these kits. In each intervention area, a budget was allocated toward fixing up or building basic sports facilities. Such facilities are to be managed by community representatives and to be open to all local residents.

4. Contributing to the institutional development of sports organisations and sports groups with a different format.

The programmes have helped the organisations build capacity. On average, 10 to 15 different organisations from the same area participated. As a result of the programme, central sports activities were organised for the neighbourhood or community, and the network or sports organisations have become stronger and have expanded.

5 Expanding the activities of the Surinamese sports associations to the Western districts.

The Surinamese Football Association and the Surinamese Rounders Association have enriched their network and rank and file by arranging decentralised programmes in the districts.