The corona virus pandemic has changed life. The DLV Academy in Mainz, which has been headed by Dr. Ralf Buckwitz, had to develop a new shortened program for the 42nd course in order to be able to hand over the diplomas to the graduates in May.
"At present there are ten graduates from ten countries at the International DLV Coach Academy in the Berno-Wischmann-House, who after a four-month German course are deepening their knowledge of the training methods in athletics in order to soon work as trainers and ambassadors in the individual nations worldwide".
The core content of the training is retained
"Due to the dynamic development of Corona, we were faced with the question, can we end the course or do we have to cancel it," Buckwitz said in an interview with Leichtathletik.de. Ultimately, the decision was made to shorten the course in the interests of the students. Above all, internships and internships are omitted, but no core content of athletics training such as theory and practice of athletics, general movement and training theory, sports medicine and sports physiology.
The individual lecturers are currently teaching online (see picture above), the graduates follow the lectures in times of Corona on a computer in the Berno-Wischmann-House, where the DLV Academy is located, with the safety distance of at least two meters to be observed. "We are now in the hot phase of the final exams, which are scheduled for late April and early May, before May 14th. the diplomas are scheduled to be handed over by DLV President Jürgen Kessing and DLV CEO Idriss Gonschinska,” said Buckwitz, who hopes that this can take place personally and not via a video conference. It is very remarkable how older colleagues in particular are doing well as online lecturers.
Funding from the German Federal Foreign Office is extremely important
The International DLV Coach Academy is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. "Without this funding, it would not be possible to maintain the offer for students from all over the world," said Buckwitz, who completed his studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin (1983 - 1988), where he also did his doctorate from 1988 to 1991. Buckwitz, who started as a biomechanic, had his first contact with athletics at the beginning of the 1990s through hurdle and sprint trainer Uwe Hakus at the time. Most recently, he worked as a leading training scientist at the Olympic training center in Berlin with a focus on athletics.
Ralph Mouchbahani, who leads the 42nd study course, is particularly committed and contributes to the fact that the World Athletics Association pays special attention to coach training in Mainz and focuses on effective cooperation, especially in the online area. “The online tool in the academy is becoming more and more important from course to course and the Corona crisis shows us what possibilities the International DLV Coach Academy has in a digital world. In any case, we still have a lot of potential up here, especially with regard to our teaching materials.
One goal: To show a professional perspective
One of the main goals of the new academy director is to show the professional perspectives of the coaching profession and to convey the job profile to the public. "It is certainly a long-term process, but it pays off for anyone who wants to become an athletics coach," said Buckwitz.
The academy has been supported since the 1970s and so far 432 graduates from 88 countries have successfully completed their studies.
The World Athletics Association awards the World Athletics Coach Level 1 or 2 for the trainer diploma depending on the grade point average.