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In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Jockey Club “Flying High”' Sports Programme has implemented online teaching sessions to participating schools for free as an alternative to suspended classes. In this regard, coaches could deliver knowledge and information about various sports and fitness programs to students at home via real-time online coaching sessions. They would demonstrate various sports skills and answer students’ questions in class to ensure students were on the right track despite suspended classes. Not only did online coaching train coaches how to teach through hands-on online teaching, it also served as a great opportunity for their career development.
Preparing for Online Coaching was Never Easy
Coaches recalled the shift in teaching method as an overwhelming process, as they had to spend considerable time familiarizing themselves with online tools and content planning for their classes. In the course of coaching, they had to initiate thought-provoking questions to engage students in class.
Seeing Obstacles as Opportunities
According to Wong Kam Po, Sports Legacy’s Programme Development Executive, he deemed online teaching a trend, and that the pandemic opened up an opportunity for the adaptation of teaching amongst coaches, which, on one hand, was conducive for their coaches teaching and career development. Online teaching allowed for students to get into their usual workout routines and build up their body during COVID-19, in hopes of resuming their normal physical training as soon as possible.
The programme has been providing free online coaching classes for different sports, including Football, Athletics, Rowing, Archery, Muay Thai, Shuttlecock, etc., since late March. There have been 107 classes delivered up till 19 May, with more than 1,868 participants from 13 participating secondary schools.