10 Mar 2017

Klang, located in the Malaysian province of Selangor, known as one of the busiest container ports in the world, was a recent hive of activity for a different reason.

Organised under the direction of the ITTF Development Programme, a self-funded ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course, supported by the National Sports Council and the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia, was staged the town from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February and on the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Venue for the course was the Ace Spirits Table Tennis Training Center where six table tennis tables and 400 balls were made available.

Under the direction of Aiman Fazeer Yap, a total of 22 students attended, 18 men and four women; three members were full time coaches, two were part coaches. Pertinently of the overall number five were qualified teachers.

Furthermore, the course was not just restricted to the local area. Course members travelled from far and wide. They journeyed from Sarawak and Pahang in the east, Penang and Perak in the north and from Johor in the south.

Notable members included Anthony Jong the Honorary Treasurer and Head Coach of the Sarawak Para Table Tennis Team, Selangor Hamazrul a Class 9 Para athlete and Peyman Borhani from Iran, currently studying in Malaysia.

“Para Table Tennis both theory and practical sessions had a good reception, particularly the practical where players stood using on crutches and sat on wheelchairs. It revealed an understanding and the correct way to coach Para athletes; this session was very lively as Hamazrul participated with a great deal of enthusiasm”, Aiman Fazeer Yap

Aiman Fazeer Yap emphasized the fact that all players are different and stressed the value of the “Breaking Down Barriers with Table Tennis Balls” concept.

“My special thanks Ace Spirits Table Tennis Training Center, the support from the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia and the International Table Tennis Federation” Aiman Fazeer Yap

A successful course well received by all, several local dignitaries attended with matters concluding on the highest level of all; there was a 100 per cent pass rate, all members emerged successful in the practical test.

Day Two: 2017 Italian Junior and Cadet Open
Photos: courtesy of Aiman Fazeer Yap

High Performance and Development Coaching Aiman Fazeer Yap