THE National Coaching Board is planning on making Malaysian sports free of foreign coaches, and in the long run, start exporting local coaches as well.
"For far too long, we have relied on foreign expertise to train our athletes, and I feel it is time we upgraded the quality of our coaching outfit, and stop relying on foreign expertise.
"My aspiration is for local coaches to take over the reign of local sports and in the long run, make them sought after by other countries," said Ismail Sabri.
National Coaching Board chairman Dr Ahmad Munir, who received his appointment letter a few days back, concurs with the idea.
"Then, we will use the Australian coaching system as a guideline, and train a select group to be professionals in their respective fields.
"Hopefully, in the long run, we will start exporting coaches as well," said Ahmad.
Ahmad is a senior lecturer with Universiti Malaya, and the National Sports Council (NSC) is looking to rope him in, on secondment, to realise this dream.
Meanwhile, NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong said former football players, and coaches with certificates are now free to coach in schools.
"Previously, there were restrictions as only teachers were allowed to coach football in schools. But after the Sports Minister had a discussion with the Education Ministry, outsiders can now coach football in schools," said Zolkples.