15 Nov 2017

Situated in the Andes Mountain range, the Colombian city of Medellin, the capital of the department of Antioquia was the recent home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Course; proceedings commenced on Wednesday 1st November and concluded on Sunday 5th November.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme, the expert on duty was Raul Fernando Valencia Posada.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

A total of 29 students, 27 men and two women attended; impressively, in addition to Antioquia, the course members travelled from Bogota, Bolivar, Cauca, Boyacá, Santander, Meta, Atlántico, Valle and Pereira.

Venue for the whole itinerary was the University of Antioquia; the premises proved ideal with rooms being made available for theory meetings and a hall which accommodated eight tables being provided for practical sessions.

Theory sessions were held in the morning, practical sessions in the afternoon. Most impressively there was a full attendance by all the students.

“Thanks to Professor Raul for his excellent presentation and detailed programme; my thanks to my colleagues who added to the course.” Ana Victoria Patiño, Bolivar coach

“I thought it was excellent, it is a new experience for me, since I was not sure about the concepts. I was never trained with concepts like those I learned in the course ” Jorge Andrés Arango, former player, now coach in Sonson, Antioquia

“The objective of the course was to have more tools to work with people with disabilities, my expectations were fulfilled.” Juan Fernando Foronda, Inder Medellin Sports Programme

“The experience was very pleasant. It both refreshed and helped me acquire new knowledge about table tennis, new methods of training and learning; that is very important for coaching children.” Alexis Arenas, coach Valle del Cauca.

Positive replies, thanks to the efforts of Raul Fernando Valencia Posada a most successful course was completed.

 São Paulo – ITTF/PTT Level One Course
Photos: courtesy of Raul Fernando Valencia Posada

Development, Education and Training Coaching Raul Fernando Valencia Posada