24 Dec 2017

Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Chonburi province, some 60 kilometres from the country’s capital city of Bangkok, was the recent home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme and supported by the Table Tennis Association of Thailand, proceedings commenced on Monday 18th December and concluded on Friday 22nd December.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Most impressively under the direction of Korakij Sermkijseree, always known as Kit, a total of 26 students from seven provinces with the country attended.

Notably it was the second such course that Kit has conducted following the visit of Richard McAfee of the United States who earlier in the year guided the aspiring coach through the Course Conductor Training initiative. In July Ratchaburi had been the home for Kit’s first endeavour.

“All were very good students, some of them are local coaches, teachers from the school and one Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and former Minister of Finance. Mr. Kittiratt loves table tennis so much.” Korakij Sermkijseree

Undoubtedly Kit was extremely proud to have such a distinguished member of a very enthusiastic group.

“I promise to use the knowledge from this course for young players and all human being as much as I can.” Kittiratt Na-Ranong

A successful course in a part of Thailand known as a “Sports Province”; a region with a high reputation for supporting players, coaches and administrators.

“I really think there is a good future in Chonburi. I must say “thank you” to Richard McAfee who always gave me very good advice in his role as an ITTF Course Conductor. Thank you to Chonburi province, the Table Tennis Association of Thailand and all of the students in this course. It was a very good experience; it inspired me to work hard to promote table tennis.” Korakij Sermkijseree

A most positive initiative and knowing the enthusiasm Kit has for table tennis; there are many more such courses to follow.

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Photos: courtesy of Korakij Sermkijseree

High Performance and Development Coaching Korakij Sermkijseree