by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Led by Richard McAfee of the United States, the course had a special significance; it was the first to be held in the country with government support; the fees of all the students were paid, previously the cost at fallen on the shoulders of the individual.
“It marks a major step for the ITTF Development Programme in India as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, recognizing the value of the ITTF Course, provided the funding for 27 Coaches to attend. Previously, to attend an ITTF Course in India coaches were required to pay all their own expenses.” Richard McAfee
Home for the who itinerary was the Abhay Prashal Sports Club, excellent facilities being provided for all aspects of the course.
“The fortunate coaches took full advantage of this opportunity to attend the course and gathered as much information as possible. Most coaches stayed after each session to ask more questions and continue the discussions.” Richard McAfee
Overall, a successful course was concluded, the pass rate complete, one hundred per cent. Now the students must complete the required 30 hours of practical coaching to join the more than 260 ITTF Certified Coaches in India.
“A special mention must be made of the contributions of M.P. Singh, Secretary General of the Table Tennis Federation of India for organizing the Course and to Jayesh Acharya, General Secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Table Tennis Association as well as Gaurav Patel, Camp Coordinator, for all their assistance and support to everyone who attended the Course.” Richard McAfee
One month in Sri Lanka, a course in India, a busy time for Richard McAfee; importantly most worthwhile in all aspects.