The International MMA Federation has launched a panel tasked with the establishment of its Coaching Committee. The committee will sit alongside IMMAF’s other expert technical committees; its Regulatory Affairs Committee, its Medical and Anti-doping Committees and its Arbitration Committee, currently under different stages of formation.
Ulster Amateur MMA Association chairman, Danny Corr, has been appointed as interim chairman mandated with forming the new Coaching Committee by the IMMAF board, alongside other panel members, David Pierre-Louis (French national team coach) and Luis Barneto (president of CAPMMA, the Portuguese MMA Commission). Danny Corr has been pivotal in the development and promotion of the sport of MMA in Northern Ireland, last week attaining official confirmation from Belfast City Council of its support for a Youth MMA Centre of Excellence in the region. [See /Ends for biographical information about the panel].
Other member federation representatives who have registered interest in contributing to the committee will be contacted in due course.
The purpose of the Coaching Committee will be to develop coaching in MMA through projects that include the implementation of IMMAF’s progression pathway for participants and the education, qualification and licensing of coaches. Through such programmes the committee will put in place the structures required by governments worldwide, to enable greater accessibility, safe participation and wider social and health benefits. The Committee will advise the board and administration on technical matters relating to MMA coaching, including the controversial topic of youth participation that IMMAF has committed to address in 2016.
IMMAF CEO Densign White said:
“Expert technical committees are a fundamental and foundational requirement within IMMAF that will enable us to provide the best and most informed guidance to our board, members and MMA stakeholders worldwide. Active technical committees will enable us to offer needed support, consultancy, services and assets to our members. Much of IMMAF’s work in 2015 was geared to meeting international requirements and solidifying IMMAF as an organisation in order to secure the position of MMA in the global political landscape, and to make it a more solid, dependable organization that members can rely on. IMMAF also underwent significant growth in membership. In 2016, it is IMMAF’s priority to focus on the breadth and quality of services that it delivers to its membership and give better support to strengthening the structure, national position and services of its member organisations. Strong technical committees will form the cornerstone of this.”