August 10, 2010
Bailey urges trained coaches to return

A Level One coaching course for Table Tennis coaches began here on Tuesday, August 3 and will run until Thursday, August 12.{{more}}

The two week re-certification and training clinic is being facilitated by Ahmed Dawlatly, an International Table Tennis Federation certified instructor.

This is the second time that the Egyptian has been invited to conduct training workshops having completed a four month stint here in 2005.

Dawlatly, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, August 3, said that his mission now includes seeing the return of training sessions for elite junior and senior players.

Meanwhile, Trevor ‘Sailor’ Bailey, President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), is encouraging the Table Tennis Association to try and retain coaches trained.

He said although the NOC has dispensed large sums of money over the years to fund technical training sessions, such as the one currently underway, it is not seeing the fruits of its investment.

“We have trained hundreds and hundreds of coaches over the years but one of the problems is that many of the coaches never return and assist the association or work with the athletes.”

He urged members of the Table Tennis Association to ensure that coaches assist in the further development of the game.