Uzbekistan L2 - all the course participants
The National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan in association with Tennis Federation of Uzbekistan (UTF) organised a 12-day ITF Advanced Coaches Course (formerly called Level 2) for coaches working with advanced players. The much awaited course was held in the beautiful city of Tashkent, which hosted the last Advanced Coaches Course in 2004.
The course tutors, Suresh Menon, ITF Development Officer for Asia along with Kawaljeet Singh from India, shared the latest information on teaching tournament and advanced players. The participants spent more than 80 hours trying to master all aspects of advanced tennis with topics such as technique, tactics, psychology, fitness training, diagnosis and correction, communication, etc. The course was conducted in Russian with the help of a very competent interpreter, Igor Shelikin. Igor had only just recently returned from Valencia, Spain where he successfully completed the Advanced Coaches Course through the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship for Coaches Programme. With the support of the UTF, Igor had most of the course material translated into Russian.
Out of the total of twenty-three participants, it was good that five of the candidates were women. The participants also included some of the former top players of Uzbekistan, Dmitriy Tomashevich, Abdukhamid Mahkamov and Luiza Biktyakova who were not only eager to embrace modern teaching methodology in order to improve their own teaching skills, but were happy to share their experiences as former top players with the other candidates.
In his welcome speech, Suresh Menon commented, "The UTF is at the forefront of tennis development in Central Asia and continues to give a great deal of priority to coach education at all levels. This is one of the reasons why Uzbekistan is able to continually produce new, young and exciting players”.
Former ATP player and Fed Cup coach and captain player of Uzbekistan, Dmitriy Tomashevich expressed, “I am so happy to learn new skills and I am hopeful that this information will allow me to develop better players in future”.
Petr Lebed, Davis Cup captain and coach of Uzbekistan, gave an inspirational speech to all participants on the first day of the course, saying, “You will not believe how much the ITF Advanced Coaches course helped me to groom Dennis Istomin when I took the course in 2004. My whole concept of coaching was changed after the course and it helped reshape my understanding in more ways than I can imagine.” He urged all participants to make every effort to try to learn as much as possible and more importantly apply this new found knowledge in their daily programs.
Igor Shepelev, General Secretary of the UTF, assured coaches that the UTF plans to organise more such courses in future as Coach Education is the key for player development.
During the opening ceremony, NOC President, Malik Babaev, encouraged coaches to implement new tennis techniques and thanked the ITF and Olympic Solidarity for supporting the course.