University of Ghana Sprint coach, Coach Elorm Amenakpoh says that, the problem of athletics in Ghana is not about the lack of elite coaches but the lack of the necessary infrastructure for the development of athletes.
His comments comes after General Secretary of the Ghana Athletics Association, Bawa Fuseini bemoaned that, Ghana lacks elite coaches in athletics.
Speaking to Univers Sports, Coach Elorm further opined that, the cause of under performance of Ghanaian athletes are lack of infrastructure and equipment for training.
“I don’t think it is a matter of elite coaches, if we should be having a conversation right now, the conversation we should be having is the infrastructure, the equipment, the necessary equipment available for athletes to train.
so, if we are talking about elite coaches, I think that shouldn’t even be the discussion, that is not even why are athletes are not performing.
Now you ask yourself, how many elite athletes do we have in Ghana, who are the elite athletes that the problem is about elite coaches.
Let’s be sincere with ourselves, our problem is not about coaching, our problem is about the necessary infrastructure that would help the athletes perform.” He said
He also believes coaching athletes is not just about certificate but about the experience gathered.
I have realized that, it is also about the experience gathered for some particular year makes you an Elite Coach.
Again, we can attest to the fact that some people attend school and finish school with a first class, but they cannot perform on the field as expected.
Somebody can have a level 5 coaching certificate but would not perform as well as someone with zero certificate would do.
So, it is not just about certification. I think the discussion we should be having right now is how to apply the science into sports which is missing in our part of the world”.
Coach Elorm also mentioned that, the notion that Universities in Ghana produce only Physical Education teachers is false and explains that, there is a big difference between P.E Teachers and coaching.
“To those who say that Universities in Ghana produces only P.E teachers is not true. I went to the university to study Bachelor of Science Sports Coaching.
The only thing I studied is coaching, so I studied man management, I did psychology, you know, how to manage athletes.
You see, there is a big difference between a Physical Education Teacher and that of a coach.
You know, Physical Education teachers teach skills, basic skill, it like a kind of recreation, but we train people, we groom athletes, we stay with the athletes for a very long time for them to perform, our duty is to train them to perform so it varies.”