by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Presented in a clear and precise manner with new design features, the publication includes facts and figures, highlights the efforts made in each continent of the world to promote the sport of table tennis, whilst acknowledging the extensive support received.
In addition, with contributions from those involved in the areas of development, education and training, the edition looks ahead in a most positive manner.
“The ITTF Development and Education and Training magazine is not only an historical record of the great work these departments are doing; it shows in a concise way the depth and breadth of what ITTF is supporting across the 226 ITTF member countries. ITTF support covers so many diverse areas including coach education, training camps, URC education, administration courses, women’s projects, PTT Courses, hopes programme, Dream Building Social Responsibility projects, player scholarships, international training centres, continental federation support, continental team World Cadet Challenge support, and equipment assistance.
Well over 100 activities are offered worldwide annually and my plan is to increase this support over the coming quadrennial; thanks to the passionate staff for their efforts, as well as the continental federations and national associations for their close co-operation.”
Thomas Weikert, ITTF President
“Our ITTF Development and Education and Training magazine released on the conclusion of each Olympic cycle again highlights the massive diversity of projects managed by a relatively small but highly motivated and passionate staff. One of our major highlights was of course being the first sport to have every country on earth as a member. This challenge began with the ITTF Development Programme itself in 1999 with new countries added in a manageable and sustainable manner until we reached every country and independent territory.”
Glenn Tepper, ITTF Deputy Chief Executive Officer
This magazine shows clearly how the development of table tennis has advanced in recent years. We look back to four years full of growth in terms of quantity and quality. Having 226 members is an achievement and challenge at the same time. In this sense, we keep focusing on our many programmes for our established community as well as on keep bringing table tennis to the grassroots level and use it as a vehicle for a positive social change. My thanks go to all development staff and course conductors for the teamwork, the ITTF Executive Committee, continental and national associations for their co-operation and support; also a special mention to Glenn Tepper for his continual advice. I believe we have not reached our limits; that is our motivation. Table tennis is for all, for everyone, everywhere!
Leandro Olvech, Development Director and Editor
“The ITTF Education & Training Programme has made many advances since the last published issue of this magazine. Already a quick glance verifies our continued commitment to develop and set projects that not only target players in relation to training, but also focus on the education of coaches, athletes and officials. It is our pleasure to bring the magazine closer to you in paper edition and now also in a digital version. We wish you happy reading and thank you a lot for your continuous support and harmonious co-operation!”
Polona Cehovin, ITTF Education and Training Director
Download: ITTF Development Magazine 2013-2016