28 Apr 2019

Few table tennis facilities can boast that they have hosted as many ITTF coaches’ courses as the Abhay Prashal Table Tennis Academy in the Indian city of Indore.

Once again from Saturday 20th to Thursday 25th April, organised under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh was the destination for no less than the ninth such initiative, an ITTF Level Two Course.

by Richard McAfee, Course Conductor

Overall a total of 20 coaches from all parts of India attended, the maximum number accepted.

Notably, the Academy is a full-time dedicated table tennis stadium that features room for 40 tables with seating for up to 12,000 spectators. Participants were housed at the connected, Indore Sports Club, which is one of India’s finest facilities.

The ITTF Coach Education Programme in India is the result of a unique collaboration between the Table Tennis Federation of India and Tenvic, a company formed by Anil Kumble and Vasanth Bharadwaj. The company promotes the well-being of people and ecosystems across personal and professional spheres. It fosters lasting cultural, social and economic benefits for individuals, societies in India aimed at positively impacting the lives of people through sports in schools and clubs.

Significantly, this year Tenvic is organizing five ITTF courses along with a high performance camp.

Course members make a presentation (Photo: courtesy of Richard McAfee)

 

An intense six days, the ITTF Level Two Course is always hard study both in the class room and on the tables, as coaches work on every aspect of teaching technique. Late night study sessions were the norm as the coaches prepared for the course examinations. All the hard work was rewarded as 16 out of 20 passed the course, many achieving the high marks necessary to qualify for a future ITTF Level Three Course.

Courses by the International Table Tennis Federation are not possible without the help of the local organizing committee and in Indore; we had an excellent one.

A special thank you goes to the Madhya Pradesh Table Tennis Association, in particular to Jayesh Acharya, the General Secretary, Padmashree Abhay Chhajlani, Shri. Sharad Goyal, the Secretary and Mr. Sanjay, staff member, for all the help and support needed to make this course possible.

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