Contribution of sport training centers on development of Ethiopian athletics: in the case of Athlete Tirunesh Dibaba Sport Training Center
Teshome Kebede, Amensisa Kebede, Abiyot Tesfaye
The purpose of this study was to investigate the Contribution of ATDSTC on the Development of Ethiopian Athletics. This study used both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Target population of the study was 12 coaches and 66 previous Athletics Trainee of ATDSTC. Both Primary and secondary data collection instruments were employed to collect relevant data for the study. Document analysis, Focus group discussion and Interview. Descriptive analysis of the data was analyzed using by Means, and Standard Deviations. ANOVA was used for the purpose of testing the Significance of (performance change) as well as if there is a relationship with specific athletic events. Athletes performance change was seen in their stay at ATDSTC with the mean score of minimum 4% and maximum 11 % in different athletics event. Athlete didn’t maintain the pace of performance improvement for the last two years. Even if, the dissatisfaction level differs in their respective clubs Athletes had a complaint with the Food, Dormitory, Training Wears and Transportations that their Clubs provide them. Clubs provided only three sessions training per week with coach, the other days Athletes were working individually. Based on the findings of this study, the following issues were forwarded as recommendations. There should be a way that the ATDSTC assist the athletics clubs in a various aspects. The Athletics clubs should improve their training and different service that affect the performance of the Athletes. To maximize the contribution, avoid effort and resource duplication there should be an athlete transfer system i.e. there should be training centers responsible for talent identification, talent development center and high performance training centers.