Campus to host first-ever annual African Sport Leadership Programme

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:43

Campus to host first-ever annual African Sport Leadership Programme

In another first for the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University, the Department of Sport and Recreation (within the School of Economic Sciences, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology) is preparing to host its inaugural African Sport Leadership Programme (ASLP) later in the year. 

The event aims to unite researchers within the field of sport and recreation, administrators, sportsmen- and women as well as professional governing bodies from across the continent. According to the organisers of the event – Dr Chrisna Botha-Ravyse and Ms Bianca Els, both from the Department of Sport and Recreation, the programme is a tailor-made, needs-based leadership growth series focused on developing the aptitudes of individuals to lead the implementation of sport and physical activity related interventions as partners of multi-sectorial groups and teams operating on various levels.

The programme will cover the following topics:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Leadership

According to Dr Botha-Ravyse the ASLP is set to become an annual event. “It is important for us to establish research collaborators within Africa, since the experience – in terms of sport administration, governance and even participation, are similar to that in South Africa. It would therefore be counterproductive to try and compare – in terms of research, the impact of sport and recreation, between South Africa and continents like Europe,” Dr Botha-Ravyse. She further explains that Sports Science in Africa is still – relatively speaking, in its infancy. “By means of this programme we wish to bridge the gap between research and practical application and impact thereof within the field of sport and recreation,” says Ms Els and adds that the discipline in which sport and recreation exist in represents a multi-dimensional and intertwined labyrinth of medicine, physiology, nutrition, psychology and biomechanics to mention but a few.

What makes the ASLP unique is the fact that it does not be presented as a conference, but rather as an interactive presentation which will see participants rolling-up their sleeves to take part in a variety of activities aimed to not only inform but also to stimulate debate and dialogue around issues impacting on sport science in Africa.

Dr Botha-Ravyse sums up the ASLP by stating: “We aim to vest collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches, and initiatives to empower Africa’s sports scientists, sports physicians, athletes, coaches, technical persons, administrators and governing bodies with a view to produce far better results while building up a vital knowledge base.”

The ASLP will take place in October and during the course of the next few months more information will be made available. If, at this stage, you have any queries you can contact Dr Botha-Ravyse on +27169103368 or by email: chrisna.botha@nwu.ac.za