03 May 2019

Ayutthaya, just one hour by car from Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, is not only steeped in history, it is steeped in table tennis; it is the annual host for the All Thailand Table Tennis Championships.

Recently, organised under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, from Saturday 27th April to Wednesday 1st May, the local Ayutthaya Table Tennis Club was the host for an ITTF/PTT Level One Course.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The expert was Korakij Sermkijseree, thankfully always known as Kit! He is one of the most active and enthusiastic of all course conductors; ideal for the task of supporting Sekson Chawanadelert, the key man at the Ayutthaya club.

A theory session takes place (Photo: courtesy of Korakij Sermkijseree)


Notably the maximum number permitted of 30 students attended, of whom 14 were coaches and 16 teachers; a major step forward in the aim of both increasing the number and the quality of coaches in the area.

“I want to organise another ITTF/PTT Level One very soon; this course is very good for us and is a base which enables standards to rise. We have many coaches and teachers waiting to participate.” Sekson Chawanadelert

Microphone in hand, Kit provides an explanation (Photo: courtesy of Korakij Sermkijseree)


A highly motivated local organiser; similarly, it was a highly motivated course conductor,

“For me as a course conductor, I am always very happy to meet the people who love to play table tennis. Also, from each course I learn, meeting people I improve. The lesson is at the centre but I think the real teachers are the coaches, players and the students.” Korakij Sermkijseree

Multi-ball training was featured (Photo: courtesy of Korakij Sermkijseree)


A successful course and one of several being organized this year by the Table Tennis Association of Thailand; the plan is to organize five ITTF/PTT Level One courses, two ITTF Level Two courses and one ITTF Level Three Course.

“Now there are so many coaches and teachers, so many people interested in participating in ITTF Coaches courses, so I can see a good future of the new generation of players in Thailand.” Korakij Sermkijseree

A bright future; one reason is Kit. He is enthusiastic, he motivates others and always he gives one hundred per cent effort, total commitment. He sets the example, a splendid example.

The para element created a great deal of interest (Photo: courtesy of Korakij Sermkijseree)
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