Pacific sport industry stakeholders meet to endorse sport education courses


The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) is hosting its second Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP) Micro-Qualifications Stakeholder Endorsement Meeting from 03 to 6 October in Nadi, Fiji.

Experts and key Pacific sport industry stakeholders will review and endorse three OSEP micro-qualifications as part of ONOC’s accreditation process of all courses under its flagship sport education programme.

The need for accreditation of OSEP courses into the Pacific Qualifications Framework (PQF) which is the Pacific Islands regional standard managed by the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) was a key recommendation in an external evaluation in 2020.

The recognition of OSEP courses in Oceania is critical because while it has already been recognised as a flagship community-based sport education programme in the Olympic Movement, graduates and alumni will through this process be recognised in the Pacific.

This is critical for sport development for all upcoming Games, long term athlete and entourage development, and management and organisation of sporting bodies toward the ONOC BRISBANE 2032 Programme, which aims to increase Pacific Islands’ athletes performance by up to 500 percent.

The three micro-qualifications being reviewed for endorsement this week cover development of a Periodised Nutrition Plan for optimum athletic performance (under Strength and Conditioning); understanding of management systems in sports organisations, and provision of fundamental financial services in sports organisations.

The three micro-qualifications have been developed by the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), groups of Pacific sport industry experts in the various subject areas of OSEP and will be presented for review and endorsement to diverse stakeholders comprising representatives of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Oceania, national sporting federations, regional sporting federations, national government ministries, and leaders and academics from Pacific higher education tertiary institutions.