|Central America |
|West / Central Africa|
|ITF Development Officers - Overview|
In 1990 the first ITF Development Officer was appointed to Africa – now there are ten Development Officers ‘out in the field’, as well as a Wheelchair Development Officer based in London, advising and assisting National Associations with their activities. |
ITF Development Officers
|Cecilia Ancalmo (El Salvador)||La Libertad, El Salvador||Development Officer for Central America |
|Anthony Jeremiah (Trinidad & Tobago)||Trinidad & Tobago||Development Officer for the Caribbean|
|Miguel Miranda (Chile)||Santiago, Chile||Development Officer for South America|
|Amine Ben Makhlouf (Morocco)||Dakar, Senegal||Development Officer for West & Central Africa|
|Thierry Ntwali (Rwanda) ||Bujumbura, Burundi||Development Officer for East Africa|
|Riaan Kruger (South Africa)||Pretoria, South Africa||Development Officer for Southern Africa|
|Suresh Menon (Malaysia)||Seremban, Malaysia||Development Officer for Asia|
|Farah Dayoub (Syria)||Damascus, Syria||Development Officer for West Asia|
|Dan O’Connell (USA)||Fiji, Pacific||Development Officer for Pacific Oceania|
|Hrvoje Zmajic (Croatia)||Zagreb, Croatia||ITF/Tennis Europe Development Officer for Europe|
|The ITF Development Officers at the Worldwide Coaches Conference held in Paraguay in October 2007.|
Back row (l to r): Karl Davies, James Newman (ITF Tennis Participation Co-ordinator), Mark Bullock (ITF Wheelchair Tennis Development Officer), Miguel Miranda, Anthony Jeremiah, Mark Tennant (ITF Tutor), Hrvoje Zmajic, Frank Couraud (ITF Development Projects Administrator), Dan O'Connell, Amine Ben Makhlouf, Ivan Molina (ITF Touring Team Coach), Brenden Sharp (ITN Co-ordinator)
Front Row (l to r): Miguel Crespo (ITF Development Research Officer), Suresh Menon, Carlos Rodriguez, Prince Madema, Patrick McInerney (former Assistant Development Research Officer), Machar Reid (ITF Tutor), Doug MacCurdy (ITF Tutor), Dermot Sweeney (ITF African Training Centre Director), Dave Miley (Executive Director, Tennis Development)
The ITF Development Officers are sponsored by Wilson.
|Achille Takpa, former ITF Development Officer for West & Central Africa with Karl Davies, ITF Development Officer for Southern Africa, Prince Madema, ITF Development Officer for East Africa and Dermot Sweeney, ITF African Regional Training Centre director.|
The role of a Development Officer is to:
a) Advise National Associations and assist in the implementation of projects which form part of the ITF Development Programme.
b) Evaluate and monitor the use of the funds and resources allocated to the National Associations for various programmes and the success of these programmes.
c) Liaise with Regional Associations as appropriate.
What does a Development Officer do on a day-to-day basis?
ITF Development Officers regularly conduct consultations with National Associations. A consultation would normally involve a complete review of a National Association's activities, an analysis of the tennis situation in the country, observing tennis programmes in action and advice on organisation, planning and programming, including the following:
Coaches Education: e.g. conducting Level 1 & Level 2 Coaches and Tutors Courses as well as helping National Associations implement a coaches certification programme of their own.
Facilities: advising National Associations keen to establish their own national training centre or improve existing centres.
Grassroots programmes: the implementation and monitoring of the ITF Junior Tennis Initiative which includes the ITF School Tennis Initiative (STI) and ITF Performance Tennis Initiative (PTI).
Increase and improve competitive and training opportunities for their region by conducting training camps for the most promising junior players (and their coaches) and co-ordinating regional competitions (circuits) at the 13/14 and 18 & Under levels as well as prize money events at the adult level.
Coach to ITF Teams: players who perform well at both junior circuits and camps are selected onto ITF Teams which travel to tournaments outside their region to give them their first taste of international competition.
ITF rep for zonal ITF Team competitions e.g. Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
In 2007, each Development Officer spent an average of 30 weeks on the road working with National Associations, players and coaches in more than 120 countries to develop the game.
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