04 Dec 2016

Bordered by the Mediterranean, located on the outskirts Tunis, Ezzahra was the home for an Olympic Solidarity supported Technical Course from Thursday 24th November to Sunday 4th December.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme in conjunction with the Tunisian National Olympic Committee and the Tunisian Table Tennis Federation, the expert on duty was Frenchman Hubert Hustache.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

It was the third initiative staged this year in Tunisia to promote the sport of table tennis in Africa’s most northerly country.

Alexey Yefremov of Belarus had been present in March to conduct a Tunisian National Hopes Week which had been followed by an ITTF-Africa Northern Hopes Week and Challenge. Later this year from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th December, Togo’s Kaka Lawson is scheduled to visit to lead an ITTF Level Two Coach Education course.

Video analysis was major feature of the course (Photo: courtesy of Hubert Hustache)

A total of 19 coaches, 14 men and three women, attended; both theory and practical sessions being staged in the four star Ezzahra dar Tunis Hotel. Matters were conducted in French with Arabic translation.

Overall, no less than 57 hours of classes were held during the 11 days with all present for the course advising the young players at the Training Camp.

“It was a great experience to work with the group. Everyone paid attention, all were motivated to make the most of the opportunity. I wish them the best for their future activities and their participation for the improvement of the Tunisian Table Tennis Federation”, Hubert Hustache

Video analysis formed a major aspect of the course with the group attending a tournament staged in Tunis on Saturday 26th November.

Notably on Friday 2nd December Lotfi Guerfel, President of Tunisian Table Tennis Federation, alongside Chiheb Kaboubi, member of the Board of the Tunisian Table Tennis Federation and Ramzi Mabrouk, National Technical Director, visited the course.

Ready for a practical session to start (Photo: courtesy of Hubert Hustache)


High Performance and Development Hubert Hustache