The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program concluded its U.S. modules last month.

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International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program concludes U.S. modules

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4:23 p.m., Nov. 9, 2012--The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program – an intensive coaching education program developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee – concluded its U.S. modules last month. Now in its fifth year, the ICECP includes 31 national coaches representing five continents, 31 countries and 11 sports. 

The ICECP is conducted in partnership with Olympic Solidarity (OS), an IOC program that provides financial assistance to National Olympic Committees around the world. Thus far, the ICECP has reached 137 participants from 23 sports and 76 countries over the five-year history of the program.

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“It is a true honor to have the opportunity to work with the USOC and the IOC Olympic Solidarity in offering the ICECP,” said UD ICECP Director Matthew J. Robinson. “Olympic Solidarity is instrumental in growing sport and increasing sport opportunities worldwide and we are very fortunate we can contribute to OS fulfilling that mission and the USOC has made an incredible commitment to the program to make it world class.”

Held at UD, the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and apprenticeship sites around the country, the ICECP began at UD on Sept. 24. All three U.S. modules have now concluded and the program will wrap up with the final module on May 1, 2013, at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"In continuing our partnership with the IOC and the University of Delaware, we are able to help deliver a program that has a lasting impact on sport around the globe," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "We are proud to be involved with the ICECP, which provides resources to countries that are working to develop strong sport infrastructures."

The program – which includes four modules – consists of lectures, guest speakers, participant presentations, group work and field trips. Topics include nutrition, medicine, injury management and prevention, psychology and physiology, administration and coaching methods.

In the first module, which began at UD on Sept. 24 and ran through Oct. 7, participants attended lectures and presentations on a variety of coaching education and sports science topics presented by UD faculty and coaches, along with sport performance experts.

 The second module, which took place from Oct. 8-14, featured a sport-specific apprenticeship that allowed participants to observe and interact with coaches from National Governing Bodies, university athletic teams or elite sport clubs in each of their respective sports. The apprenticeships took place at a total of 10 sites throughout the U.S., including Penn State University, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Princeton University, George Mason University, American University, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the Queen City Gymnastics Center, the Peak Taekwondo Club, the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center and the ICC Table Tennis Center.

The third module was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from Oct. 15-26, and consisted of a continuation of lectures and group-work activities during a two-week period taught by USOC sport performance and coaching experts.

In the final module, participants will travel to the IOC's headquarters from April 27-May 1, 2013, to present the projects they completed over the course of the program to the ICECP academic board. The projects will focus on improving the coaching infrastructure in their home countries.

“I cannot thank everyone at UD for their contributions to the program,” Robinson said. “All of the faculty from the different colleges who presented, the athletic department and its coaches and staff, the Institute for Global Studies staff, the University Library and Media Services staff, Avron Abraham and the First Year Experience program and Bill Sullivan and everyone at the Marriott Courtyard. It truly has been a team effort to make this program a success over the past five years. I do believe we are making a contribution to making the world a better place through sport, which is part of the mission of the Olympic Movement.”

The 2012 ICECP includes coaches from Australia, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bosnia, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Indonesia, Jordan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Taiwan, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For more information about ICECP, visit the website.

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