Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has trained 24 people as youths coaches with high expectations that they will improve the sport at grassroots level.
A bulk of the new coaches, who underwent two weeks training in Lilongwe, comprises former and current athletes.
The International Athletics Associations Federation Level One Under-16 course which was facilitated by Zimbabwe expert Tendai Tagara involved theory and practical work.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Malawi Olympic Committee treasurer Henry Sakala urged the graduates to be active if they are to get more training opportunities.
“If you take these certificates and use them as just decorations, then you are not being fair to the sport. Let us try to support youth athletes and improve their skills,” he said.
AAM general secretary Frank Chitembeya said the training targeted former and current athletes because they believe they are capable of grooming young athletes.
“These athletes have been through a lot and have vast experience in as far as athletics is concerned. This is why we thought it valuable to involve a lot of them,” he said.
Sprinter Pachisi Nyasulu, who emerged as the best trainee, hailed the training as an eye opener.
“I have learned a lot of things which I believe will help me to groom young athletes,” he said.