Miguel Crespo with Indian Tutors
It was back to school for Seven Indian tutors went through a refresher course with Miguel Crespo, ITF Worldwide Research & Development Officer at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) today. The seven Tutors, Kawaljeet Singh, Sunil Yajaman, Manoj Vaidya, Gary O’Brien, Nar Singh, Hemant Bendrey & Gajendra Singh went through sessions on New Trends in Coaches Education, Goals & Updates towards ITF Recognition, Challenges in Coaches Education, Case of India, Topics on Coaching Beginners, Intermediate & High Performance Players, Different modes of delivering content, New short courses and continuous Coach education (Professional Development Program) and the importance of Relationship with National Sports Organisations and Universities.
Returning to India after twelve (12) years, Miguel also stressed the importance of obtaining Olympic Solidarity support for further Coaches education and development. It was a very interactive session between the Indian Tutors and Miguel Crespo.
ITF had initiated Coaches education program in India during 1999 with a level I course and training these tutors to further conduct the courses. The AITA Coaches Education program has come a long way since then with today more than 1500 coaches having gone through the process and 65 of them being certified as Level II coaches. India is also a leading nation with maximum Level III coaches at five.
The Indian tutors had felt a need for a refresher course and ITF heeded to the request by the visit of Miguel Crespo. Crespo would also be having meetings with AITA Administration to inspect the ongoing coaches education program. AITA has applied for the ITF recognition and Crespo would be analysing, and advising AITA on this aspect.
Anil Khanna, Board of Director, International Tennis Federation (ITF), President of Asian Tennis Federation (ATF), All India Tennis Association (AITA) on this occasion said “AITA has been focusing and laying stress on player development and towards this, the Coaches Education program is extremely important. India enters 15th year of Coaches Education and we have come a long way with today, Tennis coaching having become a successful profession. AITA also has been conducting the National Coaches Conference very successfully along with certification programs. We shall continue to give importance to this and thank Mr. Miguel Crespo for coming to enhance the knowledge of the tutors. We are confident of obtaining the ITF recognition for our coaches education program.”
Speaking on the occasion Crespo said “It’s heartening to know the success of AITA Coaches Education program. It’s important for coaches & tutors to stay updated on the latest developments and new trends in coaches education and Player Development. India has done a good job in this and certainly their application for ITF recognition would be considered very seriously.”