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MYSP Youth Planning Toolkit Seminar

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Xu Yuanzhen, NYSI Performance Pathway Manager, explaining the contents of the Toolkit to participants.

The National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI) held a Multi-Year Sports Plan (MYSP) Youth Planning Seminar for the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) on 26 February 2019. The aim of the seminar was to provide National Sports Associations (NSAs) with the tools to support youth athletes.

The seminar saw a total of 16 Sports Performance Managers (SPMs) from SSI gather at the NYSI Satellite @ Kallang to understand how the sports fraternity can benefit from the Youth Planning Toolkit.

“This is the second workshop we have conducted. After the first workshop, the feedback from NSAs was that it maps out clearly the big picture and provides steps towards achieving the goals in the big picture.” said Xu Yuanzhen, NYSI Performance Pathway Manager.

The toolkit comprises of 3 tools – Athlete Development Pathway (ADP) Model, Environmental Scan, and Progress Tracker.

Starting off the workshop was a string of interactive group activities to introduce the ADP Model. This ADP framework helps NSAs provide direction, alignment, and integration for their ecosystem.

The second tool introduced was the Environmental Scan. This tool prompts NSAs to map out milestone targets, identify strengths and gaps in their environment, and to analyse their environment from a different perspective.

“This template is not to tell people what to do. Rather, it is to guide them on which programmes to launch and evaluate their effectiveness,” said Baranee Kumar, NYSI Performance Pathway Executive.

Lastly, the Progress Tracker is a tool designed to help NSAs systematically review the programmes that have been launched. It also allows stakeholders to understand exactly how they can enhance the environment for athletes.

To round up the workshop, partners from SSI were encouraged to communicate this toolkit to the NSAs in order to highlight the importance of this piece of work. This could help NSAs identify strengths that they wish to maintain, or gaps they wish to fill.     

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Participants of the seminar engaged in interactive activities to understand the toolkit better.

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Baranee Kumar, NYSI Performance Pathway Executive, having a discussion with participants on the ADP Model.