10 Jun 2014

Thailand hosts a Regional Level 2 Coaches Course

News Article

Participants in lecture room - Thailand Regional Level 2 Coaches Course

Between 6 and 17 May 2014, at the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, a regional Coaching Advanced Players course (Level 2) took place, conducted on behalf of the ITF and OS.

A total of 23 coaches participated from counties across Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Brunei, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

During the course, participants learned how to communicate efficiently with players, with parents and with all people surrounding the player. In addition, tutors covered areas such as teaching methodology, styles of teaching and some principles of training processes, which are very important subjects within coaching.

The course tutors were Chris Pillai (SRI) & Igor Shelyakin (UZB) but unlike most courses, this one benefitted from having two other tutors (Tran Quoc Phong from Vietnam and Shukhrat Kayumov from Uzbekistan) who worked alongside ITF Development Officer for Asia, Mr Suresh Menon. He shared his wealth of tutoring experience with this young generation of tutors, showing them how to implement biomechanical principles in technical improvement, and which tactics can be used for special situations. 

The last couple of days were spent in active preparation for the final exams, which consisted of conducting individual and group lessons, as well as a written exam. Coaches worked hard to improve their ability and skills in these important areas.

Suresh Menon commented, “We would like to express gratitude to the LTAT for providing a great facility for this course, with modern courts and a well-equipped lecture room.   Many thanks also for the warm welcome at the dormitory accommodation – a nice venue in close proximity to the court, affording the participants lots of opportunity to study".  

Lastly, Igor Shelyakin wished to express "Final thanks go to the ITF and OS for conducting this course, which was a great experience for all who attended”.