13 Apr 2018

OS/ITF hosts CBI (L1) Coaches Course in Bangladesh

News Article

Dhaka CBI course group photo

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Olympic Solidarity (OS), in collaboration with the Bangladesh Tennis Federation (BTF) conducted a Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Players course in Dhaka from 19 – 30 March 2018. The international tutor, Mr. Suresh Menon (L3 certified coach) was assisted by Mr. Rokonuddin Ahmed from Bangladesh, course coordinator and L2 certified coach. 

This course, which follows a lapse of around ten years, was held at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Dhaka. The centre has 8 hard courts, and lecture room facilities for the course presentations. 

A total of 30 participants attended the first 3 days of the programme which comprised the Play Tennis Course.  The most qualified 24 were then selected to participate in the CBI course. The participants comprised 3 female coaches, Davis Cup players as well as former top National players.  

The participants spent twelve days trying to master all aspects of basic tennis coaching which included technique / tactics / psychology / fitness / diagnosis and correction and communication skills. As part of the course, the candidates conducted individual and group lessons with many junior players that train at the NTC complex. 

Mr. Mohammed Shahriar Alam, M.P. State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and BTF President, presented participants with their certificate of attendance. The closing dinner was attended by SK Bashir Ahmed Mamun, Vice President of the Bangladesh Olympic Association, along with other members of the NOC, National Sport Commission and BTF, and he presented the participants with an Olympic Solidarity certificate of participation. 

All the participants, coaches and experts enjoyed an exhausting but rewarding 12 days of an intensive coach education programme. The BTF went to great lengths to ensure that all the participants were well looked after. BTF President Mr. Shahriar Alam acknowledged that more needs to be done to improve coaches’ education and more such courses need to be organized in the future.