21 Mar 2018

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme, supported by the Table Tennis Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Asian Table Tennis Union, Tehran was the home for a recent ITTF/PTT Level One Course.

Proceedings commenced on Tuesday 6th March and concluded on Sunday 10th March.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The Course Conductor was Fatemeh Keyvani; also, she is the head coach of National Women’s Team while also being a Vice President of the national association and Head of the Talent Identification Committee.

Throughout, proceedings were conducted in a dedicated hall for table tennis with all necessary facilities and requirements being met; high level international standards were on the order of affairs.

“A total of 16 women coaches from six provinces participated, all familiar with table tennis. Among them were high level coaches, prominent table tennis players and caches.” Fatemeh Keyvani.

Practical sessions gained an enthusiastic response (Photo: Table Tennis Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran)


Undoubtedly a more than reasonable amount of knowledge was present.

“Most of them were familiar with the basics of coaching to a desired extent and were very enthusiastic and interested in the class activities. Most of the coaches were already experienced in coaching different age groups.” Fatemeh Keyvani

Well organised, Fatemeh Keyvani followed the contents of the ITTF Level One Coaches Manual. She focused on basic techniques, sports science and training methodology.

“Highlights of this course were specific exercises for developing co-ordination, videos were shown illustrating training exercises; all were also warmly welcomed by the participants.” Fatemeh Keyvani

A successful course, it followed the efforts of Christian Lillieroos who visited in 2017 to conduct an ITTF/PTT Level One Course followed by Course Conductor Training.

“My thanks to the International Table Tennis Federation for supporting the development of table tennis in Iran and Mr. Lillieroos who gave me too much knowledge; also, my thanks must go to Afshin Badiee, the ITTF Development Officer in Asia for his guidance, support and advice. My special thanks go to the Iran Table Tennis Federation because of preparing all requirements to spread these courses in all part of the country.” Fatemeh Keyvani

A most successful venture, congratulations to Fatemeh Keyvani on a splendid initiative.

Fatemeh Keyvani proved a most enthusiastic Course Conductor (Photo: courtesy of the Table Tennis Federation of the Islamic Repubic of Iran)


High Performance and Development Fatemeh Keyvani