Kuwait’s Aspire offers a sporting chance for all

Aspire, Qatar's Academy for Sports Excellence, is working with the Qatar Women's Sports Committee and the Ministry of Education to create a specialised physical education (PE) teacher-training course.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  May 20, 2006

Aspire, Qatar's Academy for Sports Excellence, is working with the Qatar Women's Sports Committee and the Ministry of Education to create a specialised physical education (PE) teacher-training course. The scheme is part of the academy's ongoing drive to increase involvement in sport in Qatar and aims to provide qualified PE teachers with the specialist knowledge necessary to teach young women and children and encourage them to become more involved in sport and exercise. This will give an important boost to the average level of physical fitness of the population of Qatar. "We would hope that the initiative creates awareness of the need to, and benefits of, staying fit and healthy for everyone who participates," said Gisela Hackfort, Aspire's course leader for exercise and fitness. "The wider aim of this course, however, is to contribute to the health of Qatar. Those taking part in the course were selected to build up a programme in their own schools and help drive the concept of 'Sport for All' into the wider community," Hackfort added. The dedicated programme of classes at the academy is divided into three parts — observation, theory and practical — and teaches special techniques and advice from experts on fitness training for women and children. The 10-week curriculum is part of a pilot scheme that has been designed to enable PE teachers that graduate from the course to host gymnastic classes in schools across the country. Firstly, trainees will be assessed on a one-on-one basis on the various, general theories of physical education. Then, in the second part of the course, there is a two-hour introduction, which includes detailed instruction on areas such as the elements of children's movement development and the role of the mother, and teacher, in physical education. The third stage of the course provides practical education on lesson planning, use of equipment and safety best practices.

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