by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
It is a region of the world had also been the home for similar courses supported by Olympic Solidarity.
In May 2006, Hubert Hustache led an ITTF Level One Coach Education course; he was followed in September 2011 by Egypt’s Ahmed Dawlatly who, like Karima Tella, conducted an ITTF Level Two Coach Education initiative.
A total of ten students attended the most recent endeavour; six members being from Egypt, two from Syria and one from Kuwait; most pertinently there was one female student present from the host, Majd Mohamed Alboushi, the first woman in the region to attend an ITTF Level Two Course.
“The participants were all current club coaches, they all possessed qualifications and had good practical experience; they had all enjoyed good results”, Karima Tella.
Theory sessions were held at the El Kada Centre, practical sessions at the El Chababe Club; all necessary materials were provided.
“My warmest thanks to the International Table Tennis Federation, the United Emirates Table Tennis Association; my thanks to Mr Abed Al Rahmen Bani Yas, the Head of the El Kada; to Mr. Samir George from the Chabab Club and to Mr. Khaled El Salhy, the President of the African Table Tennis Federation as well as to Mr Ashref Abed Al Fatah. It was a privilege to work with everyone”, Karima Tellaa
Notably the whole group responded positively to the efforts of Karima Tellaa; intense discussion often being the order of proceedings. A most successful course was completed.