28 Jul 2018

A successful course for women concluded in Tehran under the guidance of Hamideh Iranmanesh on Monday 9th July; a second ITTF/PTT Level One Course followed almost immediately.

Once again organised under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, supported by the Table Tennis Association of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Asian Table Tennis Union; proceedings commenced on Wednesday 11th July and concluded on Saturday 15th July.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The Course Conductor was Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri, an ITTF Level Two Coach, previously the coach of Iran National Cadet Team and Hopes Team.

Venue for the whole itinerary was the Table Tennis Academy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A theory session in progress (Photo: courtesy of Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri)


Impressively, all the necessary facilities were provided. In addition to the hall, which is also used by the national team players, a conference room and a dormitory where the coaches were able to rest was provided.

“Highlights of this course were modern methods of teaching beginners, adopting ready positions, timing and irregular training.” Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri

The Para Table Tennis session as always was well received (Photo: courtesy of Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri)


A total of 12 coaches, all women, from five provinces, attended. All were experienced in the sport, most were high level coaches who had been working with young athletes. Two had knowledge of helping Para players. Notably one member was a former national team player.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Glenn Tepper, the former ITTF Deputy Chief Executive Officer, for supporting the development of table tennis in Iran. Also, I wish to express my appreciation to Christian Lillieroos, my Course Conductor, who has changed a lot the vision of my career. A special thanks also goes to the Iran Table Tennis Federation for the preparation of all the requirements to spread these courses in all parts of the country for women as well as men”. Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri

Throughout, Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri followed the contents of the ITTF Level One Coaches Manual. She focused on basic techniques involving sports science and training methodology plus the requirements for Para players.

Members of the group in Tehran (Photo: courtesy of Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri)

High Performance and Development Coaching Houri Sadat Seyed Aghamiri