by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF Africa Press Officer
The camp, according to Ferdinand Sounou, the President of the Benin Table Tennis Federation was organised in collaboration with Hope by Sports, a non-governmental organisation; the initiative was aimed at teaching the children the fundamentals of the sport in a bid to spur their interest.
“This was the perfect opportunity for children to discover a racket and for the first time learn the fundamentals in order to later become great table tennis players. The goal of the camp was to give children under 15 years old, the desire to play table tennis, learn sound technical skills and be motivated to continue enjoying the sport.” Ferdinand Sounou
Most certainly the response was positive and most encouraging.
“They were young table tennis players who played well and who showed a willingness to learn. We tried to give each player the same level of attention; that was a goal of our camp.” Dine Wakilou
Most importantly, Ferdinand Sounou wishes to see such activities take place in other areas of the country. He invited parents who have children in this age range to encourage their sons and daughters to play table tennis.
“If and when an area has such an idea of for training, the federation will support and make such an initiative possible.” Ferdinand Sounou
A splendid initiative; no doubt more will follow.