Mission

In order to promote sports in developing countries according to the DAC list of ODA Recipients, the Faculty of Sports Science of Leipzig University organizes international further qualification courses for coaches and physical education teachers. The postgraduate courses are part of the foreign cultural relations and education policy of the German Foreign Office and take place twice every year with a duration of 5 months. They and offered in four alternating sports disciplines/specializations in four different languages.

This postgraduate study course is offered to qualified coaches and physical education teachers from developing countries. They receive the opportunity to update their knowledge in sports science, to perfect their practical and methodical abilities in their sports discipline or their specialization.

Based on the study regulations for this course the study programme includes basic knowledge and additional findings in the theory and methodology of the chosen sports discipline. For the participants' future work as coaches and PE teachers important aspects of the general science of training and of sports medicine, selected topics from sports didactics and sports psychology, an introduction to strength training, to sports management and to the German language are included.

The contents of this study programme also apply for

  • the specialization "Sports for the Disabled" and are adapted to the specific requirements of training and competitions in disabled sports,
  • the specialization "Conditioning Coach" and are adapted to the specific requirements of conditioning and fitness training for the development of athletic performances,
  • the specialization "Sports Management" and are adapted to the competences required for the promotion of sports development in the participants' home countries.

 

Objectives

The courses will provide participants with profound and science-based knowledge as well as competences in the methodology of sports training. This will enable participants

  • to improve their work as physical education teachers and coaches
  • to train athletes and teams appropriately to their age in the selected sports discipline or - as a conditional coach - to take care of their mental and physical preparation
  • to apply the acquired and in-depth knowledge as well as their methodical competences in practical sports training under different conditions
  • to analyse development tendencies in their selected sports discipline and to take this into consideration when planning their own training process
  • (after completing the course Sports for the Disabled) to apply specific knowledge about disabilities, appropriate exercises and training methods as well as special forms of organization in regular sports activities with disabled people
  •  (after completing the course Sports for the Disabled) to choose appropriate and more effective training measures for the preparation of disabled athletes for national and international competitions, in particular also for Paralympic Games and World Championships
  • to act as multipliers in the selected sports discipline, e.g. by organizing training and further education courses for sports coaches and instructors in their home country
  • (after completing the course Sports Management) to promote further development of sports structures and acquisition of new target groups in the field of sport. 

It is a consistent principle of this postgraduate study course to promote the connection and mutual reflexion between the basic subjects of sports science and the selected sports discipline or specialization.