by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Jorge Fanck, 30 years old, a full-time coach, was present at the renowned club from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th October.
Recently, he has been advising the Brazilian Hopes age group players and is not without experience; he has been coaching for some 14 years, the fascination started in teenage years.
“For me there were two very clear subjects in mind, the development of footwork in table tennis players and the annual planning of competitions and training, two themes that I believe to be of great importance”, Jorge Fanck
He is a member of the Fast Track Programme promoted by the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation and has worked closely with Frenchman Michel Gadal and Portugal’s Ricardo Faria; both having advised on the “Diamantes do Futuro” project for players aged nine to 15 years of age. Likewise, Peter Karlsson has also worked in liaison with Brazil.
“For me it was amazing. I was warmly welcomed and had a good interaction with everyone, coaches and players. Maybe more days, because only five days is not enough to cover the topic selected. I think seven to days would be perfect”, Jorge Fanck
Technical, tactical, physical and mental were the four main factors stressed by Peter Karlsson, who throughout the five days, discussed matters with Jorge Fanck. He stressed the need for a good attitude and gave the Brazilian the opportunity to display his coaching skills
“We had always things to discuss, Jorge is very passionate about table tennis and had many questions. He must continue to work in different environments with different coaches and players; this will give more experience and understanding for the game and the work as a trainer. We are never too good or too old to improve. Keep up the energy and continue being eager to improve. Table tennis is a sport with a lot of small details; it takes time to understand it all! Be patient.”, Peter Karlsson
Now Jorge Fanck has a greater understanding of high level play and more knowledge in his locker; he is able advise club a country more effectively;
“High performance training demands a lot of the player and coach, only with very strong inner strength, with a great desire to fight and dedication is it possible to achieve. No-one reaches to the top by chance”, Jorge Fanck
Clearly Jorge Fanck departed Sweden richer for the experience; a most worthwhile venture was concluded.