Botswana Long-Term Athlete Development

Key Factors


Excellence Takes Time


Success begins at the primary level by developing a variety of FUNdamental movement (i.e., run, jump, throw) and sport skills (i.e., dribble, serve, shoot)

Without FUNdamentals, children may lack the skills needed to advance in elite sport or to partake in life-long physical activity.


Learn first to Win later


Learning happens through mistakes. An early focus on winning may limit room for making mistakes, learning new skills, & thus limit skill development for future success.

Over-training and Over-competing in a single sport too early may lead to injuries, burnout and early dropout from sport.


Kids are not mini-adults


They have DIFFERENT characteristics that need DIFFERENT training, and competition (not just less) and these needs change across age and people:

Two people of the same age may be of different size and learning capacity and need individualized training


Talent Identification Takes Time


Some children develop faster than others. (De) Selecting before all have reached the growth spurt can overlook late developers

All children should have a chance to develop, and Talent should be identified and re-assessed overtime.

THE BLTAD: Building Tomorrow Starts Today

WHAT IS THE BLATD? The BLTAD is a strategic model for advancing long-term, sustainable participation and/or success.

World Leading Model: It was adapted mainly from the Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L’s) world leading LTAD and the guidelines are based on scientific and psycho-social principles of growth and development.

Guiding Framework: It is NOT a program, but a national strategic framework to guide training programs and competitions towards achieving success in the long-term, where it counts: at the senior level.

Sport for All Ages: It is not only for Grassroots but provides guidelines for programs at ALL ages so that we can advance sport starting from the ground up: from grassroots to podium and beyond.

What are We Doing?

At the BNOC we have the vision to develop more Olympians more often by system rather than by chance and foster lifelong participation for all by align sporting programs and coach education to BLTAD principles:

•  inclusive •  age-appropriate •  sustainable •  progressive • long-term vision •


We are doing this by:


  1. Capacity Building and Knowledge Mobilization:
    Educate and raise awareness amongst the general public and sporting organizations
    - Coach Education includes our annual Coaches Forum                              
              - BLTAD Events
               - Educational Resources – click here for more!
               - Aligning coach education to BLTAD principles through the Botswana Long Term                 Coach Development (BLTCD)

    21 coaching courses and 500+ trained in 2015! Do you have a coach Education event coming up? Want BNOC to educate your coaches? Contact us today!                                                                                                      
  2. Sport-Specific Alignment: 15 by 2020:
    Develop sport-specific BLTAD Process for 20 of the 32 sporting codes
    - BLTAD National Structure Assessments
                  - Designing Sport specific BLTAD frameworks (see examples here)
                  - Design Sport Specific BLTAD Action Plans
                  - Align programs through the QESI Commonwealth Games Canada Internship            
    Do you want to align your sporting code to BLTAD principles for long-term participation and success in your sport?  Fill out the BLTAD Readiness Assessment and send to the BNOC and we will contact you for the next available consultation appointment.
  3. BLTAD Champions:
    In addition to our staff, we have trained 13 BLTAD Champions as BLTAD trainers who are available to assist train your coaches and align your program to BLTAD principles

    Want to become a BLTAD Champion? Contact Us Now.                                   

  4. Stakeholder Engagement
    The BLTAD is not just for the BNOC: it takes the collaboration of ALL stakeholders of Botswana sport to be on similar a pathway and thinking to effectively advance our sport from parents to coaches and national federations to schools.