2014 University of Delaware Blog

Thursday, 25 September 2015

Mr. Faris Abdulla, Maldives, Athletics

It’s almost been a week since I’ve arrived at the University Delaware and I’ve learned so much from the lectures and presentations so far.  The presentations given by the staff of the ICECP are wonderful.  We’ve been given so much information on how to utilize the resources at the university. With 33 different nations participating in this program, it’s amazing how much I’ve learned and will learn from their experiences in different sports and cultures.  Each and every one of them is unique and they are willing to share their knowledge to make a positive difference in this family of sports.

Today we did a session regarding injuries and how to prevent injuries when doing sport. Also, in the evening we had a wonderful session on how to prepare powerpoint presentations. 

Mr. Yang Yu, United States, Table Tennis

"I am here telling you that if you participate the ICECP program, your brain will hurt so much because of an intense study schedule and a flood of knowledge.

However, you cannot miss the ICECP program, because you will be so excited and will appreciate how amazing the ideas and knowledge that you will learn from the speakers, professors and coaches from different countries.

I am tired and my brain hurts, but I enjoy it, love it and appreciate it."

Friday, 26 September 2014

Mr. Nigatu Worku Angasu, Ethiopia, Athletics

It has been a week since I joined the ICECP family. Since I have become a member of this family, I am feeling proud and honored, and this is why: I thought ICECP was just a course but it is not. It is creating individuals who seek and solve the problem and developing a family of 33 different countries who all work towards one goal- the improvement of sport. 

I have learned today more than I ever had about sport. I now have knowledge about concussions and how to identify them, and how parents affect competitive athletes. Finally I had a very interesting pizza party among the ICECP family and University of Delaware students that made me fell like a part of a family.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Mr. Marcello Varriale, Brazil, Rowing

After a nice week of studying, discussion and some jet lag, Saturday was a day off to rest the mind and our weary our legs in NY! The day started early in the morning with a breakfast on the road. After arriving in the amazing city, we took a  group photo in Rockefeller Center, then our international coaches were free to take advantage of what would be most interesting to your own taste. From the options menu, the Statue of Liberty, NBC Studios, Madame Tussaud's, the Empire States Building, Times Square and some time to rest in Central Park to enjoy the other options.

Discovering NY is an experience as intense as the size of this city and as diversified as the New Yorkers! After the sightseeing, we had time to focus on our ICECP projects for the beginning of next week! Thanks ICECP for that journey!

Mr. Abdul-Malik Mohammad, Nigeria, Taekwondo

ICECP is indeed enriching! It alters one’s previous mind set about coaching and restructures your approach to be more scientific and reality based. Coaching this way will undoubtedly lead to more fruitful, enduring athlete development.

Aside from the wonderful speakers, who have a magical way of imparting knowledge and their willingness to help us achieve our goal in coaching development in our countries, I can’t forget about the union with my family who are in the same 2014 ICECP course with me. They have been very wonderful.

ICECP spreads good ideas from across the globe to allow for a gateway to coaching development.

Mr. Mr. Anthony Benjamin, Grenada, Basketball

This ICECP experience is great so far. Learning about the latest trends and findings in sports and interacting with the other coaches has really opened up my mind towards making my sport and organization better in Grenada. The topics and other activities like the ice breaker, having the interaction with UD students, tour Of New York and shopping were well thought of and done. I am learning a whole lot and enjoying the experience so far.

Thanks to all who have made it possible for us to be here.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ms. Marilyn Chua, Malaysia, Swimming

It's been exactly a week since we arrived in Delaware and I can't believe how fast time flies when you're having fun. The classroom sessions have been interesting and interactive. It's comforting to know that even though we come from different countries and different sports, we share pretty much the same problems and experiences.

Just when I thought I was done with school 11 years ago, being at the University of Delaware brings me back to my college days- going to the cafeteria for meals, library for research, getting to class on time. But it's all worth it. It's only been a week but the knowledge I have gained is invaluable and I know the friendships I have made will last me a lifetime. I feel extremely honored, privileged and fortunate to be selected to be part of this program. It constantly reminds me of why I wanted to be a coach in the first place and how I can make a difference in the lives of my swimmers and my sport in Malaysia.