Following a number of training sessions around the world devoted to football broadcasting, the HBS Broadcast Academy has just expanded its repertoire by completing its first ever athletics-oriented session. The six-day event took place in Cotonou, Benin from 6 to 13 February and included more than one hundred participants: topics covered included "all media" plenary sessions (written press, television and radio commentators and broadcast staff) as well as more specific and technical working groups dedicated to TV direction, and commentary classes for TV and radios. Attendees who completed the course were presented with diplomas acknowledging their hard work and dedication.
As always the HBS Broadcast Academy team onsite featured a group of highly respected broadcast and sports veterans. Because of the focus on athletics this specific delegation also included reputed pole vaulting coach Jean-Claude Perrin, under whose training a total of 20 world records have been set over the years.
HBS Broadcast Academy graduates proudly display their diplomas
The Broadcast Academy was working in Benin, on behalf of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) and in partnership with TVMS (Television Media Services), in preparation for the 18th edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships which will be held in Porto Novo, Benin as of 27 June. A second training session will be conducted shortly beforehand in order to help ensure optimal coverage of the event. HBS Broadcast Academy staff also took part in a two-day knowledge-sharing workshop with the event's LOC.