17 Mar 2019

Located in southwest Iran, a city steeped in history and known for its splendid gardens, Shiraz was the recent home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course.

Self-funded, organized under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, supported by the Table Tennis Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran and the Asian Table Tennis Union, matters commenced on Monday 11th March and concluded on Sunday15th March.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The Course Conductor was the experienced Peyman Abolhassani, the head coach for the local Fars Province Table Tennis Association.

Throughout, proceedings were conducted in the dedicated table tennis hall of the Shiraz Table Tennis Club; all the necessary facilities and needs were provided; in fact international standards were met.

“A total of 30 coaches from 11 cities participated, 11 women and 19 men, all were familiar with table tennis. Members of the group were from 20 to 52 years old; all were ready physically for the course.” Peyman Abolhassani

Peyman Abolhassani leads a practical session (Photo: courtesy of Peyman Abolhassani)


Undoubtedly there was more than a reasonable amount of knowledge present.

“Most of the course members were familiar with the basics of coaching and were very enthusiastic and interested in collaborating in the class activities. There were both male and female national players in attendance. The members of one family participated in the course, father and mother as coaches, their daughter as spectator, she is in the top ten in hopes competitions of Iran.” Peyman Abolhassani

Para table tennis was strongly featured (Photo: courtesy of Peyman Abolhassani)


Also the itinerary had a rather different conclusion; local traditions maintained.

“Nowruz is an ancient ceremony whose base is in Iran; many countries hold this ceremony. It is on March 21st and because of its closeness the participants symbolically held this ceremony after the course and gathered around Haft-sin, a table top arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Nowruz.” Peyman Abolhassani.

The group gathered around the Haft-sin (Photo: courtesy of Peyman Abolhassani)


Throughout Peyman Abolhassani followed the contents of the ITTF Level One Coaches Manual. He focused on basic techniques, sports science and training methods.

“My thanks to International Table Tennis Federation for supporting the development of table tennis in Iran; also, my thanks must go to Yelena Druzhkova, the ITTF Development Officer in Asia for her guidance, support and advice. My special thanks goes to Iran Table Tennis Federation because of preparing all requirements to spread these courses in all part of the country.” Peyman Abolhassani

A successful course was completed; the efforts of Peyman Abolhassani were appreciated by all.

Peyman Abolhassani, a successful project completed (Photo: courtesy of Peyman Abolhassani)
High Performance and Development Peyman Abolhassani