21 Nov 2017

Fiji hosts ITF/OS Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players Course

News Article

Participants with ITF experts

Over the years, Pacific Oceania has benefited from Olympic Solidarity tennis courses. With this support coaches in this region have come a long way. 

Tennis Fiji along with the National Olympic Committee, organized an ITF/OS Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players course at the ITF’s Regional Training Centre at Lautoka from November 6 -18 2017.

Fifteen coaches from the Pacific Nations of Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Fiji and one candidate from Australia took part in the intensive 12 day course.

Course Tutor, Kawaljeet Singh from India along with Gary Purcell, ITF Development Officer for Pacific Oceania and Roxanne Clarke, Director of the ITF House and Head Coach at the Regional Training Centre, shared their vast experience with the coaches. The course has 76.5 hours of tutor-candidate hours with 63.5 hours on-court and 13 hours in lecture-room presentations.

Course participants and ITF Training Centre players were also given a yoga session with yoga expert Jatinder Rai from New Zealand who was visiting Fiji during the course. Ms Maria Yvonne Carruthers of Samoa, one of the senior coaches attending the course, said “I have been teaching tennis for the last 20 years, It was a very enjoyable learning experience for me”.

Tennis Fiji Secretary Mr. Sachin Reddy was there every day with his support in organizing the course. Mr. Richard Breen, President of Tennis Fiji, visited the course a number of times with his valuable inputs in overseeing the smooth running of the course. The course candidates, who were housed at ITF House, enjoyed the warm hospitality of home-made meals by Auntie Filo with great support from ITF House Manager Donna. 

The coaches in the region need continued education, and sincere efforts are being done by the ITF through, Development Officer visits to Island Nations with support from OS, ONOC and Tennis Fiji. On the concluding day Mr. Richard Breen expressed “Coaches education in the region will always be a priority on my list of development works”.

A big thank you to all the participating coaches for putting in great efforts during the course. It will be fantastic to see these coaches developing tennis and attending future courses to be held in this beautiful region. Bula!!!

Kawaljeet Singh (IND)

ITF Tutor