The ITF Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Players course, hosted by Tennis Zimbabwe, was organized in Harare, Zimbabwe from 13th to 24th February 2012. The 12-day course which also includes the 3-day Play Tennis Course was conducted by the ITF Development Officer for Southern Africa, Riaan Kruger from South Africa and ITF Tutor, Prince Madema from Zimbabwe.
The course was well attended by coaches from various provinces around Zimbabwe. In the opening ceremony the Chairman of the Coaches Association of Zimbabwe, Mr Richmore Murape, thanked all the coaches for their attendance and said he was optimistic that tennis in Zimbabwe can only grow.
The course covered many topics on working with beginner and intermediate players. The concept of applying biomechanics, tactics, mental training, methodology, individual practices and lesson progressions were some of the areas covered.
The participants found the course very informative and Ambrose Chigaazira, one of the senior coaches commented, "I always worked in isolation and I thought I knew how to coach tennis, but after attending this course I have realised that it is very important not only to do courses but attend the coaches workshops as well."
The course was scheduled to finish on Friday but after it rained the whole day, the proceedings of the closing ceremony ended on Saturday after the final assessments. In his closing remarks, the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) representative, Primrose Mhunduru, reiterated the importance of quality coaching as the way to produce players, hence the support from Olympic Solidarity through the ZOC.
Prior to handing out certificates of attendance, the vice President of Tennis Zimbabwe, Regis Bhunu thanked both the ITF and ZOC for their continued support of coach education in Zimbabwe. He called upon coaches to take advantage of the knowledge gained in the course not only to improve the level of tennis but their overall professionalism. He further cautioned the coaches that having the certificate is not everything but they must make sure they do a lot of programs that will enable the country to produce players.