Sports
January 8, 2016
SVGTTA on course in 2016

A level one and level two course, as well as one set aside for Physical Education teachers are hot priority items for the St Vincent and the Grenadines Table Tennis Association (SVGTTA) during the first quarter of 2016.

The level one course is set to commence this Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10 at the St Vincent Grammar School’s auditorium.

Resumption of the course takes place February 19 and will go on for the next two days. The times for the course are set for 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions.

According to a release from the SVGTTA, “the Course is open to a maximum of 30 persons.”

The release followed up by stating “One need not to have played Table Tennis before to take the Level 1 or PE Teachers courses; however, one must commit to rendering of your service in the SVGTTA coaching and development activities, or a school or community coaching program and to signing up as a member of the SVGTTA.”

The two-part level one course sandwiches a Physical Education Teachers Course set for January 13 and 14.

This would be facilitated through the Ministry of Education, with Sean Stanley being one of the main resource persons.

Additionally, participants from this course can continue in the February dates of the level one course.

Persons taking the level one course are then required to inject 30 hours of coaching practice as a prerequisite for their International Table Tennis Federation’s certification.

Another requirement is that a mandatory five hours must be supervised by a senior coach, appointed or endorsed by the SVGTTA.

Then March 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 are the dates set for the level two course.

In this higher level course, participants must have been certified as an ITTF level one coach at least one year ahead.

“They must have shown an interest in coaching… You must commit, to rendering of your service in the SVGTTA coaching & development activities, or a school or community coaching program and to signing up as a member of the SVGTTA”, information from the SVGTTA indicated.

The courses form part of the SVGTTA’s Development of a National Sports Structure (DNSS), which is being overseen by ITTF expert- Georg Silberschmidt of Switzerland.(RT)