The future of sports in the Philippines is getting a shot in the arm with the revitalization of the Philippine Sports Institute.
PSC Chairman William I. Ramirez who is an athlete, coach, educator and sports leader recognizes the significant value of the PSIin the achievement of sports excellence in the country. He pointed out that the Institute is “the missing link” in the promotion and development of sports in the Philippines and our becoming competitive in the world of sports.
In an effort to reverse the downhill slide of sports in the country due to unscientific coaching and training, and poor sports administration, the PSIaccording to Ramirez “will become the Center for Training and Development of elite athletes in various sports disciplines as well as the education resource center in the preparation of qualified and competent sports leaders, educators, and sports specialists.”
Chairman Ramirez declared that the PSI located at ULTRAin Pasig Gty will be lithe country’s Sports University that will serve the need for high performance training of elite athletes and the educational enhancement of the sports and physical education profession. ” While other countries have long established their national sports institutes or academies and reaped the golden fruits of their programs, it is never too late to start our very own to give our Filipino athletes a sporting chance for glory and gold in the Olympics, Ramirez added.
The PSIaccording to Ramirez will be the arm of the PSC in providing High Performance Training for the national players in various sports disciplines. To ensure the attainment of the fullest potentials of the Filipino athletes, the Institute will provide scientifically based high performance training through the
Department of Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences and the Department of Research to ensure success
and excellence. Likewise,distinguished experts and coaches from foreign countries will be tapped using
the bilateral agreements signed by the Philippine Government with foreign countries.
In the absence of an institution that offers doctoral degree in sports and physical education in
the Philippines, Ramirez pointed out that the PSI will pioneer in offering a Ph. D.in Sports Administration
as well as Master of Science degrees with areas of specialization in Sports Coaching, Sports
Management, Wellness and lifestyle Management and probably Sports Medicine. Chairman Ramirez
cited that distinguished experts and sports educators from various countries with outstanding sports
and physical education programs will be assembled to serve as pool of experts and lecturers for the
programs. To support the program of the Institute, Chairman Ramirez earmarked SMillion pesos for the
establishment of the most comprehensive sports library in the country and the inclusion of an E-library
to link the Institute to the libraries and resources around the world.
Recognizing that majority of the coaches in the Philippines are lacking in professional preparation to coach effectively, Ramirez said that the PSI will provide the training and educational preparation for coaches through the Continuing Education Program for coaches and sports practitioners.
Certificate programs for coaching, sports administration, fitness and leadership will be offered by the
Institute to address the competency problems of coaches in the Philippines. Furthermore, he said that a
National coaching Certification Standards and accreditation will be implemented to ensure that all
individuals wanting to coach posses the necessary training and competencies to promote excellence in
performance of their athletes.
According to Chairman Ramirez, the PSIwill be able to serve the needs of the National Sports Associations in the training of their athletes and coaches, the Higher Education Institutions, Department of Education, Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, as well as corporate and religious organizations, local government units, the youth and the country as a whole in promoting excellence and national
pride through sports.
As a whole, the Philippine Sports Institute is actually laying a strong foundation for Philippine sports as it aims to produce a new breed of athletes and sports professionals, sports leaders, and specialists with high levels of competence, ethical, moral values and strong commitment to excellence in sport and in life. With the strong support of the PSC Board of Commissioners and the positive feedbacks from sports professionals and leaders for the PSI,a new dawn in Philippine sports has arrived.