The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) is passionate about sport, which has been part of our CSR investment portfolio for the last 22 years. We are especially ardent as it relates to sports and its positive impact on our younger nationals. It is a well-known fact that sport adds value to the primary school life of kids, contributing to their physical, social, and mental wellbeing of students. As many of us continue to operate in a virtual environment, including the school system, NGC has embarked on a journey to provide knowledge to approximately 80 teachers and coaches by offering sessions on utilising online platforms efficiently and virtual coaching. The aim of this intervention is to reduce the interruption to training programmes by facilitating the development of online coaching best practices in Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1999, NGC developed its signature NGC Right on Track (ROT) Programme, and in 2015, through our partnership with the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAATT), it supported the Kids Athletics Programme (KAP). Based on our historical support of athletics and our programmes, the Ministry of Education gave NGC official approval to integrate its development programmes—ROT and KAP—into the school curriculum. This allowed for the training and development of teachers and coaches, and the development of monitoring and evaluation systems.
Sessions such as Online Facilitation and Online Platforms, Introduction to Virtual Coaching and Getting Started with Physical Literacy, will be facilitated by The Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) and Sport for Life, a non-governmental organisation based in Canada. These sessions seek to expose coaches and teachers unfamiliar with using online platforms to the tenets of teaching online and using the platforms to coach sport virtually.
The online coaching training sessions commenced on March 10th 2021 and continue into April 2021. Following this, NGC will move toward digitisation of its ROT and KAP as we continue to operate in the new normal.
According to NGC President, Mark Loquan, “We continue to navigate these unchartered waters and prepare for a new way of life that is safe in our current environment. By moving these activities to a virtual platform, our youth will see little disruption to their sessions and our coaches and teachers will be able to seamlessly continue the great work they have been doing.”