Cook Islands Sports and Olympic Committee ran a special workshop this month in a bid to set a framework where coaches and managers will get certified to officiate national teams.
The team manager development course which focused on sports management was facilitated by Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP). Programme mentor Talemo Waqa conducted the sessions.
Owen Lewis, general secretary of Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee, said officials who wish to manage future national teams will have to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the top job.
“High performance is not just about athletes performing to the high level. It’s about managers and coaches doing their job efficiently as well. This was raised in a survey we undertook after the Pacific Games last year. The survey indicated improvements can be made with team managers,” Lewis said.
“This (the team management workshop) is one of the ways we are looking to address the outcome of that survey.”
The team manager development course was attended by representatives from rugby league, rugby union, golf, swimming, athletics, handball and Muay Thai.
Cook Islands Rugby union development manager Ben Koteka said the course was timely as they prepare their plans for this next quad (2020 – 2023).
Koteka said it was empowering and a must for any potential team manager at all levels (club/school and/or international).
Cook Islands Rugby Union acting president Simiona Teiotu said: “It was a good workshop and it’s a must for all national federations in the country.
“It gives you as a manager, coach, sport administrator, sport federation executives an idea what is the best way forward. It is what Fiji Rugby have for their national 7s programme, the All Blacks have it too.
“This strategy shows us, how a sport competition should be prepared and run. In the training component, it teaches you how to prepare your event plan, handbook for the competition, etc. The workshop also emphasised on the support of the sponsors, community, clubs and governments, etc, in running a competition.”
Tofiga Injimo, the manager of the Cook Islands 7s team, was pleased to take part in the “very beneficial course”.
“I learnt the proper processes involved in preparing a team for a sports event. Speaking from my own experience taking the men’s 7s team to the Oceania Sevens Tournament last year, I think following the processes we learnt at the course would have made my job easier.
“I recommend it to any individual interested in managing a national sports team. It should be made mandatory.”