by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The Course Conductor was Peyman Abolhassani, the Head of Education Committee of the Iran Table Tennis Federation. He is one of new group of coaches who earlier this year attended a Course Conductor Course directed by Christian Lillieroos and Glenn Tepper, ITTF Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
“A total of 30 coaches from six provinces participated, all familiar with table tennis. Among them were high level coaches, past and present champions in addition to prominent table tennis players. Most of them were familiar with the basics of coaching. They were very enthusiastic and interested in all the activities. Most of the coaches were already experienced in coaching players of different ages.” Peyman Abolhassani.
Proceedings throughout were conducted in a dedicated hall for table tennis with necessary facilities and requirements provided; high international standards were met.
“Highlights of this course were specific exercises for developing co-ordination. They were taught to the coaches by showing videos and introducing training exercises; all was warmly welcomed by the participants.” Peyman Abolhassani
Throughout Peyman Abolhassani followed the contents of the ITTF Level One Coaches Manual. He focused on basic techniques, sports science and training methodology.
“My thanks to Glenn Tepper, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Table Tennis Federation for supporting the development of table tennis in Iran. Also, my thanks must go to Afshin Badiee, Asian Table Tennis Union Development Officer for his advice and support. My especial thanks goes to the Table Tennis Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran for preparing all requirements needed to spread these courses in all parts of the country.” Peyman Abolhassani
A most successful initiative and with more qualified Course Conductors no doubt more such courses to follow.