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Local coaches attend PSI program

LAOAG CITY – Local coaches and trainors admitted that the Philippine Sports Institute Sports Mapping Action Research Talent Identification (PSI-Smart ID) “Grassroots Coaching Program” served as an eye opener as far as their knowledge in coaching is concerned.

The program, which allowed team coaches of different sports to share their knowledge to locals, is currently on Day 2.

Participants said the sessions were enriching and motivating.

“Mayroon na kong knowledge sa coaching pero nung nagsimula ang lecture mas dumami pa ang kaalaman ko especially about sa rules ng laro,” said Harley Manayag, sports coordinator of Dinglas National High School.

“Sila kasi nagtuturo ng basic, hindi diretso agad ng actually. ‘Yung basic talaga ang makakatulong sa mga estudyante at player par umangat.”

Nestor Calip, Region 1 sepak takraw coach and former national team member who represented the Philippines in 1981 SEA Games, said today’s coaching methods were a lot different compared to his heydays as an athlete.

“Natutuwa ako kasi not like nung time namin sariling sikap lang kami, wala kaming nakikitang gagayahan,” he said. “Sana magtuloy tuloy itong proyekto ng Philippine Sports Commission lalo na itong Grassroots Program. Napakalaking bagay para sa mga manlalaro natin.”

Marlon Daquioag, a PE teacher from Gabo National High School, said he thought amateur boxing was easy.

But he was surprised when he tried out what national coaches have been teaching.

“Akala ko ganun lang kadali ang boxing, ang hirap pala ng basic niya. Pero pag natutunan ang basic, doon lumalabas ang potential ng manlalaro ng boxing,” he said.

Region 1 technical official Jerevic Tiano, for his part, thanked the PSC-PSI for bringing in the sports experts.

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