Standardizing Coaching Methods, Spectacular City Hosts Level One Course
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Learning the art of multi-ball
Photo By: Courtesy of Nelson Machado
Recognised as the southern hemisphere’s most visited city; popular for its incredible beaches, stunning landmarks, spectacular views and of course world renowned carnival, Rio de Janeiro is the home of the offices of the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation.
Recently following an initiative by the Confederation, in conjunction with the Development Programme of the International Table Tennis Federation, an ITTF/PTT Level One Course was staged in the city.
The course was held from Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th August 2012 under the direction of Nelson Machado, the National Co-ordinator for Talent Detection in Brazil and a regular coach for programmes organized by the International Table Tennis Federation.
Ninth Course It was the ninth such course that Nelson Machado had conducted under the auspices of the International Table Tennis Federation.
Attendance A total of 26 prospective coaches from Rio de Janeiro attended with Nelson Machado organizing a most detailed programme to embrace all the necessary course requirement.
Supported by President “The importance of the course was to try to standardize teaching methods in clubs in Brazil for players who are just starting to learn table tennis”, said Nelson Machado. “My thanks to Dr Alaor Azevedo, the President of the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation for the effort he is making in order that table tennis can become more popular in Brazil.”
Tables in Park Throughout the course, Nelson Machado was assisted by Omar Barbosa; with a visit to the Madureira Park in the centre of Rio de Janeiro being organized; a place where tables have been erected.
A Practical Session, Explanation and Demonstration
Members of the group listen attentively as Nelson Machado demonstrates the practice Photo courtesy of Nelson Machado
Starting Them Young in Rio de Janeiro
Not old enough to walk to old enough the try the sport of table tennis Photo courtesy of Nelson Machado