Excellent Venues Enables Table Tennis to Gather Momentum in Brunei
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Reaching for the sky
Photo By: Courtesy of Richard McAfee
Situated on the north coast of the island of Borneo in south-east Asia; Brunei, officially the State of Brunei Darussalam, is the home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course which began on Monday 25th October and will conclude on Friday 29th October 2010.
The expert on duty is the vastly experienced, Richard McAfee from the United States of America; a man who has more than one string to his bow. He has been the expert several times on courses organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme and he was the Tournament Director for the table tennis events at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Undoubtedly for the course in Brunei, he was an ideal choice for this ITTF-ATTU Development Programme course.
Modern Country “Brunei, has long been known for its wonderful rainforest and the warm hospitality of its people”, explained Richard McAfee. “However, despite the strong efforts to maintain the country’s unique natural environment, it is also a very modern country that sports impressive sports venues.”
Venues for sport and if you have somewhere to play, then progress can be made and of course table tennis is no exception; the course led by Richard McAfee is the first such course to be staged in Brunei and therefore a major boost for development.
Table Tennis is Growing “It is a country that is quickly becoming known for table tennis”, continued Richard McAfee. “No less than 28 coaches from around the country took part on the course; the whole programme being held in first rate conditions in a multi-sports complex.”
The course was organized by Mr. Anthony Vun Chiang Liew, Secretary General of the Brunei Table Tennis Association.
Trying the skills for the ITTF/PTT Level One qualification.
Aim to Increase Number of Schoolchildren “Anthony is working hard to get table tennis into more Brunei Schools and many of the course participants were school teachers”, continued Richard McAfee. “Brunei may be a small country but it has big plans for table tennis; under the strong leadership of the Brunei Table Tennis Association, the ITTF/PTT marks an important milestone towards making their dreams come true.”
Coaching Players Certainly it is a major step in the right direction and Richard McAfee has not yet finished; once the course has finished he will conducted training sessions for the country’s leading junior players.
Educating the coaches, then coaching the players; a very comprehensive programme and perfect for Brunei; it would seem the best is yet to come.
An enthusiastic group of students with Richard McAfee (blue shirt hand raised at back).