African Strategist and Coach Developer
Pelle Kvalsund spends his life amongst three continents, splitting his time between Zambia, Norway and the United States. Working and living in over 10 African countries, this globetrotting coach developer is known worldwide for his ability to focus on context first and develop culturally appropriate and sensitive programming,
As a former performance handball athlete in Norway, he learned how the connection between coaches and athletes impacts an athlete’s sport experience and performance. These years were fundamental in the development of his passion for pursuing a career as a coach developer.
Currently employed by the Norwegian Olympic and Para Olympic Committee as part of their international outreach program, Pelle is responsible for coach development in the Southern region of the African continent.
Although a trained physical education teacher and coach educator, he primarily identifies as a hungry learner constantly chasing improvement. This mindset has allowed him to understand and perspectives on coach development through his work as a facilitator and coach developer in many different geographies and cultures for over two decades.
In 2016 he was awarded an opportunity to receive specialized training as a coach developer as part of the Nippon Sport Science University Coach Developer Academy and the International Council for Coaching Excellence, as part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Legacy Program. The year after, he returned to be part of a team to facilitate training for a new coach developer cohort.
Pelle is a spouse and a father of two active boys. He has had a deep love for people, culture, food, sport, play and physical activity.