03 Nov 2017

Motivated by the ITTF Development Programme, in recent years there has been a plethora of ITTF/PTT Level One Courses in the United States.

New York, the country’s most populous city has been a focal point; by no means slow in seizing the initiative. Moreover, it counties to lead the way, to set the example

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Splendidly organized by Sydney Christophe and conducted by Richard McAfee, recently a notable step was taken in promoting coach education in the Big Apple.

An ITTF Level Two Course was held over two weekends; from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October and from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October.

Venue for the whole proceedings was New York Indoor Sports Club, the premier facility for table tennis in the famous city.

An explanation from Richard McAfee (Photo: courtesy of Richard McAfee)


Eight coaches attended, many being coaches for teams in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) where table tennis is a Varsity High School Sport. The programme is a result of years of hard work by American Youth Table Tennis (AYTTO) and Ben Nisbet, the Director, to whom great credit for the success must be paid.

“The small class size along with the two weeks’ break between the two halves of the course helped make it a very successful Level Two Course with all coaches scoring high marks in their exams. A special “thank you” must be given to the New York Indoor Sports Club and Head Coach Shao Yu, for hosting the Course in their excellent facility.” Richard McAfee

Successful and credit to Richard McAfee who alongside Christian Lillieroos and Sydney Christophe has been pivotal to promoting courses in the United States.

Total concentration for a practical session (Photo: courtesy of Richard McAfee)



High Performance and Development Coaching Richard McAfee