Children flock to training programme

2016-06-01 06:00
SCORES of aspiring athletes from Bloemfontein recently attended the Pamoja Athletics Club’s development coaching programme held at the Free State Athletics Stadium on 30 April. Photo: Supplied

SCORES of aspiring athletes from Bloemfontein recently attended the Pamoja Athletics Club’s development coaching programme held at the Free State Athletics Stadium on 30 April. Photo: Supplied

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A DEVELOPMENT coaching and training programme for budding athletes, aged seven to 15 years, received a positive response, with approximately 100 children of various primary schools showing up. The participants were from schools in Bloemfontein’s township of Mangaung. The schools were Atang, Monyatsi, Relebele­tsi, Toka and Calculus.

The good attendance was despite a late change in venue from the Dr R.P. Molemela Stadium to the Free State Athletics Stadium. The event was organised by the Pamoja Athletics Club which was informed at the last minute that the Dr R.P. Molemela Stadium was unavailable.

The club was forced to find another venue and to pay for transportation of the athletes.

Seven coaches X Tebogo Vos, David Molhiselwa, Gilbert Ponyana, David Ngxaki, Shuwa Mochoari, Lornene Barnard and Mariaan Conry X teamed up to train the athletes. Training covered track and field events, cross-country, sprint events (100 m and 200 m), 400 m long jump, triple jump, warm-up, and middle distance 800 m, 1 500 m and 5 000 m and 10 000 m.

“The athletes were taken through their paces and built up. We focused on the basics: how to position themselves at the starting points, take off, arm movements, body positioning and how to finish strong,” said Leonard Jingose of the Pamoja Club.

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