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Green table tennis coaches certified
The T&T Table Tennis Association (TTTTA) concluded an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) level one coaching course this week with the aim of developing new coaches for the sport in T&T.
Conducted by national player Aleena Edwards, the course was an initiative of the central zone and was self-funded. It included 38 contact hours of training, and then in order to be certified, participants now have to give back 38 contact hours to schools, clubs or religious groups.
Although it was led by members of the central zone, table tennis players from the east, north and south also participated. There were 30 aspiring coaches in all, which included 15 women and 15 men.
Talking to Guardian Media Sports about the course, TTTTA president Ian Joseph said, “One of the good things about this course was that there was gender equality. Women like Catherine Spicer, Linda Partap-Boodan and Ambika Sitram took part, and that could only bode well for the future of the local game.”
The course also included a second phase which saw training for para athletes.
Joseph said the course was important at this time with the rise in participation this year in various national tournaments. “What this course does is help us increase our stock in coaching. We have tracked all of our tournaments this year and we have seen a 30 per cent increase in attendance. That now means, we also have to increase our coaches because we have had many requests from schools and clubs for coaches to teach the game.”
The Scotiabank Schools Table Tennis tournament served off yesterday at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua and runs for the entire weekend.