Sports Education and Accreditation System (SEAS)
The SEAS program is a system of training, developing and accrediting sports practitioners (coaches, administrators and technical officers) to be able to deliver quality sport products and services. The success of the SEAS programme is dependent upon concerted effort and collaboration between different structures and stakeholders consisting of various confederations, committees, associations, colleges, universities, athletes and participants.
SEAS aims to develop a framework for common accreditation and recognition of sport education and training within the Zone, provide a quality assurance framework for sports education and training providers, and develop a sports education and training system that addresses the needs and entitlements of athletes, coaches and other sports practitioners in the Region.
SEAS has several benefits, these include:
- Applicability of accreditation recognition of qualifications through the region of qualifications throughout the region.
- Quality assurances and recognition in sporting training.
- Value added progressive training pathways with less repetition or duplication at all levels.
- Guaranteed high quality coaching to produce well rounded world class athletes.
- Increased collaboration between primary training providers (Sports federations/ Associations, tertiary institutions etc.) and the Region.
The SEAS framework is developed through interactive participation and action method. It is developed based on the needs and contributions of the key stakeholders in Region 5.
Each Member State nominates a representative to be part of a Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop the Sports Education and Accreditation Framework.
The TWG members conduct consultations with the stakeholders in the Member States to get their input on the sports education and accreditation framework based on the needs and interests of the stakeholders. These inputs from stakeholders make up the content of the frameworks.The framework approach provides:
- A fundamental structure for the recognition of coach/ sports education in the region
- A system
SEAS Implementing Structures/ Stakeholders
The success of the SEAS programme is dependent upon concerted effort and collaboration between different stakeholders. Below are the stakeholders and their respective roles and responsibilities in driving the SEAS programme:
- AUSC Member States- Policy direction, Funding
- National Sports Councils / Commissions- Coordinating agencies and oversight on SEAS implementation
- National Olympic and Paralympic Committees- Coordinating and implementing Agencies, and Generic sports education service providers
- International and regional sports confederations- SEAS oversight, Sport specific policy direction, Funding
- National Sports Federations/ Associations- Primary Sports Education and Accreditation Service Providers for Coaches, Officials and Administrators, Implementing Agencies
- Sport for Development NGOs- Collaborative stakeholders
- Colleges and Universities- Generic Sports Education and Accreditation Service Providers, Research and Development Agencies
- Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) and UK Sport- Funding and Technical Partners
- Athletes and participants- Primary target beneficiaries of the SEAS project
To give direction and uniformity to the organization of sport within the AUSC region, the Accreditation and Training Framework seeks to define the parameters that will guide the training, accreditation and career pathways of practitioners from the community (basic level) right up to highest levels.