Successful Course One Year Earlier, Same Scenario in Singapore One Year Later
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Stretching to start the session of play
Photo By: Courtesy of Richard McAfee
A profitable visit in December 2012 to lead an ITTF/PTT Level One Course followed by Course Conductor Training, the much travelled Richard McAfee from the United States made a recent return to Singapore.
He was the expert on duty for a second ITTF/PTT Level One Course; an eight day itinerary, with proceedings commencing on Wednesday 20th November.
Venue for the course was the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s Training Centre in Toa Payoh; matters being organized locally by Kenneth Khoo, the Sports Development Manager of the Singapore Table Tennis Association.
Number of Coaches Prior to the course Singapore possessed 21 ITTF Coaches as a result of the programme conducted in 2012; now the numbers have increased.
A total of 25 coaches attended this year’s course.
Coaches Returned Notably, several coaches who had qualified in 2012, returned to assist Richard McAfee one year later.
“This gave the local course conductors the opportunity to prepare for the future where they will be conducting their own ITTF/PTT Level One Courses”, explained Richard McAfee. “Singapore is among the most successful nations in the sport of table tennis and to maintain their high level they are taking the improvement of their local coaches very seriously and are planning more ITTF Level One and Level Two Courses in the near future.”
Major Force in Commonwealth Games Players from Singapore are most competitive on the international stage and will no doubt be a major force in the table tennis events at next year’s Commonwealth Games to be staged in July and August in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
However, the domestically, there are innovations with Dr. Lee Bee Wah, the President of the Singapore Table Tennis Association, very much setting the example.
Backbone of Development “The Singapore Table Tennis Association recognizes that coaches are the backbone of the development of the sport and is striving hard to give them opportunities to learn more and improve their skills” concluded Richard McAfee. “I am excited to see the enthusiasm that the ITTF Coaching Development Programme has generated in Singapore.”
A motivated group was evident in a city state that is highly motivated; table tennis prospers and in Singapore, is set to prosper even more.
Members of the group in Singapore with centre back row Richard McAfee Photo courtesy of Richard McAfee