Organised successfully by the Development Department of the International Table Tennis Federation in conjunction with the French Table Tennis Federation, an ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course was staged over a two day period in Paris on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th Match 2010.
In charge of proceedings in the French capital city, a centre for fashion, business, industry and culture as well as being recognised as the world’s most visited city, was Leandro Olvech, the ITTF Co-ordinator of Development Programmes.
Home for the programme was l'Institut National du Sport et de l'Education Physique (INSEP) and the splendid Headquarters of the French Table Tennis Federation.
Deliver Courses in French
A total of eight students attended the course, three being women with the goal being to increase the number of French speaking Course Conductors able to deliver the ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course.
“The main aim of the programme was to prepare more French speaking course conductors able to deliver courses in Africa; all the participants were well prepared, being professional full time workers in table tennis”, explained Leandro Olvech. “Some of them are regional development officers; they just needed to be educated with regards the ITTF system and philosophies for development and administrative procedures; we hope to allocate them to deliver courses in French speaking African countries.”
Therefore, creating a consistent approach with everybody “singing from the same hymn sheet” was a main aspect of the two day programme whilst also making sure that everyone was up-to-date.
Para Table Tennis Element
“There was also specific education about Para Table Tennis”, continued Leandro Olvech. “Three currently active ITTF course conductors joined this course in order to be able to deliver the Para Table Tennis module in the future, instead of just teaching conventional table tennis; they were Karima Tellaa, Isabelle Thibaud and Etienne Guicherd.”
All three responded in a positive manner.
“I am happy to learn about Para Table Tennis”, said Karima Tellaa. We saw many new things; I can then pass it on in Algeria, my home land, and in future courses.”
Equally, Etienne Guichard was delighted. “It was a very good initiative from the International Table Tennis Federation and especially the ITTF Development Programme, now I’m looking forward to pass on the information.”
Delighted Course Conductor
Two delighted Course Conductors and a well satisfied Course Instructor.
“Very often we are in contact with national associations to organize courses”, explained Leandro Olvech. “I was pleased to meet them face to face and to know that they can provide an even better service to the African national associations and federations.”
We live an age of rapid communications thanks to mobile telephones that accept and send e-mails and computers that crash without any logical reason but contact is and will always be the best form of
Vote of Thanks
“The course could not have been organized without the local support provided by the French Table Tennis Federation and in particular, Claude Bergeret, responsible for the Federation’s International Relationships”, concluded Leandro Olvech. “Her efforts were outstanding; also Gilles Corbion, the FFTT Deputy Technical Director, he played a major role; my thanks to both of them and all the participants!”
A very successful course and, thanks to Leandro Olvech and the efforts of the ITTF Development Department, the opportunities for French speaking Africa have been suitably enhanced; another door has been opened.