Sports Associations have been encouraged to make use of the latest technologies in order to achieve their strategic plans for the future during a two day workshop conducted on the 29th and 30th of April.
Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP) Mentor, Talemo Waqa said the purpose of the workshop was to help sports associations create a four year strategic plan that would be realistic, objective and creative because better plans would also attract sponsors.
Waqa said sports associations should be aware of the generation of athletes that were a part of their association and how to share their strategic plan with them.
He added the generation now days "the Gen Z", where athletes are born in 1995 to 2015 are different from the baby boomers that were born from 1944 up to 1964.
"The Gen Z generation utilizes technologies such as cell phones and those that are working with them must understand them," Waqa said.
He gave an example that if a couch wants to disseminate information to the players in the Gen Z generation he should know that social media would be quickly accessible to them.
Baseball and Softball Development Officer, Inoke Niubalavu said the strategic plan was vital for baseball and softball because they are a developing sport in the country.
“Moving forward is difficult for us on developing the growth of baseball and softball, this workshop has opened the way where we able to make our target and see our weaknesses to work on to achieving our long term plan,” Niubalavu said.
Niubalavu said the strategic plans they were working towards achieving within the Four years was different from other sports associations because they prioritise certain plans when compared to others.
“Our strategic plans prioritise as firstly Governance, Administrative and Management, Development and Competition, Finance and sponsorship and lastly the partnership,” He said.
Table Tennis Development Officer Harvi Yee said the strategic plan is important because it is the guideline where they are working for the success of their sports.
Yee added it is the structure where one has to work to achieve their missions, visions and goals.
The workshop featured representatives from Fiji Table Tennis Association, Fiji Hockey Association, Fiji Karate, Fiji Baseball and Soft ball Association, Fiji Swimming association, Fiji Weightlifting Association, Fiji Body building Association, Fiji Shooting Association, Fiji TADS Association and the Fiji Lawn ball Association.
The main highlight of the workshop is that the strategic plan is important for achieving the mission, values and vision of any sport organization.
Waqa said, “The secret to high performance in any sport is not only through the resources you have but significantly through better strategic plans that the sport association has.”
“Sometimes a team only wins because of the best players they have but through better strategic plans a team can get victory despite not having better players.”
BY Allen Waitara (FASANOC volunteer Journalist)