04 Jun 2018

Located in the north of the country, Tehran, the capital city of Iran, was the home for a recent ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches course.

Organised under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, supported by the Table Tennis Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, proceedings commenced on Saturday 12th May and concluded on Wednesday 16th May.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The Course Conductor was Farshid Kokabi, a member of Iran Talent Identification Committee.

Proceedings throughout were conducted in a dedicated hall for table tennis with all necessary facilities and requirements provided; high international standards were met.

“A total of 22 coaches from five provinces participated, all familiar with table tennis. Among them were high level coaches. Most of them were familiar with the basics of coaching to a desired extent and were very enthusiastic and interested in collaborating in class activities. Most of the coaches were already experienced in coaching different age groups.” Farshid Kokabi

A practical session in progress (Photo: courtesy of Farshid Kokabi)


Well organised, Farshid Kokabi followed the contents of the ITTF Level One Coaches Manual. He focused on basic techniques, sports science and training methodology.

“Highlights of this course were specific exercises for developing co-ordination which were practically taught to the coaches; showing videos and training exercises were also warmly welcomed by the participants.” Farshid Kokabi

A successful course, it followed the efforts of Christian Lilieroos from the United States who visited earlier this year to conduct an ITTF/PTT Level One Course followed by Course Conductor Training.

“My thanks to Afshin Badiee, the ITTF Development Officer for Asia for his guidance, support and advice; my special thanks go to the Table Tennis Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran for preparing all requirements to spread these courses in all parts of the country.” Farshid Kokabi

Yet another successful course completed in Iran.

The Para element was well received (Photo: courtesy of Farshid Kokabi)

High Performance and Development Coaching Farshid Kokabi