Advice from Richard MeAfee in
Surrounded by the splendid picturesque setting of the Aravalli Mountains, Ajmer one of India’s most renowned and ancient cities was the home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coach Education Course from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th November 2012.
A very scenic start, the course is the first of three such programmes being currently organized in India; which later in the year in December will host the Volkswagen World Junior Championships.
Organised in conjunction with the ITTF Development Programme and the Table Tennis Federation of India, further courses are planned for Indore from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th October and for Bangalore from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st October.
The expert on duty is Richard McAfee, the Chair of the United States Table Tennis National Coaching Advisory Committee and one of the most experienced coaches involved with the ITTF Developent Programme.
Over 60 Indian Coaches are expected to attend the three courses.
“In an unique partnership between Tenvic, an Indian Sports Development Company, the Table Tennis Federation of India, and the International Table Tennis Federation, an extensive long-term coach’s development programme is being launched across the country”, explained Richard McAfee. “Tenvic is providing its organizational skills to arrange the ITTF Courses and has also created additional course materials that are geared specifically for Indian Coaches.”
Tenvic has made a major contribution to facilitating the courses.
“In addition Tenvic is providing a state of the art, coach’s website with various coaching materials and management tools for India’s coaches”, added Richard McAfee, clearly delighted with the innovative approach being employed.
“Thirteen coaches took part in this first course which was held at the Moulchand Chowhan Indoor Stadium, the home of the local Table Tennis Academy”, continued Richard McAfee. “This excellent venue features 12 tables with excellent playing conditions and a very large and well equipped classroom.”
Ideal conditions were afforded for the course.
“Most of the coaches attending the course are very experienced professional coaches, some with more than 20 years of coaching experience”, added Richard McAfee. “Many travelled long distances, some up to 36 hours by train to take advantage of this first opportunity to attend an ITTF Course.”
The effort was made and it was also made by the officials concerned.
“Special recognition must be made of the contributions of Dhanraj Choudhary, Secretary-General of the Indian Table Tennis Federation and Atul Dubey the local co-ordinator for all their hard work, in making the course possible”, concluded Richard McAfee. “Also my thanks to the Tenvic staff, Mr. Venky and Mr. Mohan Kumar for designing and co-ordinating this new programme across India.”
A new initiative and it would seem a very successful initiative.
Course members in Ajmer with Richard McAfee and Dhanraj Choudhary Photo courtesy of Polona Cehovin Susin