Almost 100 new sports coaches will be instructing students in the coming school year. The coaches recently completed a training course. Teachers who graduated from the School Coach Accreditation Programme collected their certificates at a ceremony at the Hong Kong Sports Institute last week. The presentation followed the conclusion of a nine-day workshop last month. The coaches do not have to be specialised in physical education. The course targets those who can promote and enhance sports training through extra-curricular activities and competitions. The programme, one of the four major components of the Hong Kong Coach Education Programme, is funded by the Hongkong Bank Foundation, and was initiated in 1998. It aims to enhance the quality of coaches in primary and secondary schools, and provide them with a chance to receive formal training and accreditation. Since it started, the School Coach Accreditation Programme has offered training courses in seven different sports: athletics, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, handball, table tennis and volleyball. This year, the workshops comprised three modules: sports general theory, sports specific theory and practical sessions in badminton, basketball, handball and volleyball. More than 500 teachers have qualified as coaches through the scheme so far.