Last week saw leading International Table Tennis Federation Tutor Mr. Ahmed Dawlatly in Dublin for a 5 day coach development course leading to the ITTF Level One qualification for successful candidates.
17 coaches from all four provinces were in attendance for this challenging programme, which will improve all of them as coaches.
All are active coaches across all strands of the game from participation to high performance and the players under their supervision will also benefit from the skills and knowledge acquired by them over the five days of the course. The course was formally opened by Mr.Joe Hickey, ITTA President and Stephen Martin OCI Chief Executive.
The ITTF International Coaching course was held in Dublin from Tuesday 29th October until Saturday, 2ndNovember, 2013
The 5 day programme is the first step on the international coaching qualification ladder. International expert from the African Table Tennis Association, Mr. Ahmed Dawlatly is the course tutor.
The course this week is funded by Olympic Solidarity and ITTA President Joe Hickey thanked Stephen and the Olympic Council of Ireland for supporting our bid to host this course.
Hickey said “To everyone who is taking part in the course, let me thank you in advance for making the sacrifices necessary to attend. I am sure that at the conclusion of the 5 days here, all of you will regard it as having been well worthwhile. You know far better than I do, that the development of a successful table tennis player requires many personal skills and attributes.
I am sure that you would all agree that even the most talented, the most determined,the most dedicated of players would find it impossible to succeed without a sound technique or,to put it another way, access to good coaching.
That is what this course is about. After your time here, you will return to your clubs and provinces with greatly enhanced knowledge of the skills necessary to coach table tennis. The knowledge you acquire will have a huge impact, not only on yourselves and the players you will coach directly,but also on other coaches and players around the country, who will look to you as role models of best practice”.