The Sudan Lawn Tennis Association recently conducted a coaches course to keep their coaches up-to-date. The coaches course was held at the Federation's National Training Centre from 7 to 8 March 2012 and was attended by more than 20 coaches who gathered for the exciting program lined up by speaker, Mr. Thierry Ntwali, the ITF Development Officer for East Africa.
The course was a short version of the ITF Play Tennis Course and topics included: Serve, rally and score from the first lesson – 10 steps rally – Organization for groups of beginners, and in particular the importance of using modified balls to train younger children was encouraged.
Sudanese coaches were encouraged to allow beginners to play tennis right from the start by making it fun while learning tennis, instead of giving them too many technical details. Many of the coaches who attended the workshop work with the Federation at their 11 centers which are home to the junior program, where over 3000 kids play tennis. By attending this course these coaches will improve on their level of coaching which will ultimately benefit the junior program.
The coaches and the federation leaders also found the course relevant knowing they have gained considerable knowledge and skills from the course. The Sudan Lawn Tennis Association thanked the ITF and its Development Officer, Mr Thierry Ntwali for conducting a successful and well received course.