Chairman Mr Ng presenting certificate to Slwyn Hoareau
The ITF Coaching Beginner & Internmediate Players course, hosted by Seychelles Tennis Association, was organized in Mahe, Seychelles from 3rd to 15th November 2012. The 12- day course also included the 3-day Play Tennis course was conducted by ITF Tutor, Prince Madema assisted by the Federic Canale, national coach of the Seychelles Tennis Association.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Seychelles Olympic Committee, Mr Kopal said he is happy with the progress that tennis is doing in the country. He said he used to pass by the courts and see adults playing tennis but in recent years he has seen an influx of children playing tennis. He said this was encouraging hence the support they give to tennis through Olympic Solidarity (OS) funding.
The course covered many topics on working with beginner and Intermediate players. The concept of applying biomechanics, tactics, psychology, methodology etc. were some of the topics covered. Candidates were tested on their competency in the following areas: ability to play, individual and group teaching and on the last day, they sat the written examination.
‘After the fourth day I almost wanted to quit because I thought this course it’s difficult, but each day I come I feel I gain something so I will stay till the end because whether I pass or fail, I feel like I have benefited a lot and I am loving the challenge”
Prior to handing certificates of attendance, the President of Seychelles Tennis Association, Mr. Charlie Ng thanked the ITF and OS, through the Seychelles National Olympic Committee, for the continued support. He called upon coaches to take advantage of the knowledge gained during the course, not only to improve the level of tennis but their overall professionalism as well. He further cautioned the coaches that having the certificate is not everything; they must make sure they do a lot of programs that will enable the country to produce players.