A major step has been achieved in the Mauritian sporting landscape! The expert team of the High Performance Centre Mauritius has raised their standards of physical performance and athletic development to international standards.
The ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association) Level 1 certification was delivered onsite at Cote d’Or National Sports Complex, over an intense 2-day training period on 25 and 26 April 2022. The course was delivered by renowned specialist, high performance consultant, researcher and certified coach, Dr Trevor Clark. Dr Clark has extensive experience in sports development, training methods and physiology, he has worked across the globe with and within several elite teams and national sport institutes.
Accredited by the ASCA and the NCAS (National Coaching Accreditation Scheme), the course’s main objective is to provide coaches with fundamentals in strength, conditioning, training protocols and athlete programming. This allows the coaches to improve the physical performance of athletes across multiple development pathways from club to national level.
In person lectures with Dr Trevor Clark were provided to 20 coaches and experts, 13 from the HPC Mauritius team and 7 from the Liverpool Football Club International Academy. The course combined both theory and practical components and was boosted by the facilities available at Cote D’Or. Practical sessions were held at HPC gym, the FIFA certified football pitch and World Athletics certified athletics track. Additionally, Dr Trevor Clark stayed on for 3 more days to continue guiding and conducting practical assessments for the coaches. For completion of the Level 1 certificate, each coach must endure 10 hours supervised practical sessions and an exercise workbook assignment of another 30 hours, submitted before the end of May 2022.
Taking a front seat to this course was Yannick Lincoln, the Director of the High Performance Centre and national athlete of Mauritius. He was quoted, “I am delighted that my strength and conditioning coaches went through this certification, it will boost their level of confidence and further add to their extensive knowledge. “This continuous empowerment gives the latest scientific research and techniques to our coaches who workday in and day out with our national athletes at the High Performance Centre Mauritius.” He further states that the primary objective of HPC Mauritius is to set world class standards and establish a strong strength and conditioning culture for Mauritian sport. To realize this potential Yannick and his team intend to continue and complete the Level 2 certification in 2023.
Yannick Lincoln recalls that on completion of the 2 days Dr Trevor Clark said, “the guys are ready for it and have massive potential and energy”, furthermore he stated that this is a great sign that HPC Mauritius team is constantly evolving, staying up-to-date and on the right path to excelling.