32 coaches, players begin ITF course in Rivers

Port Harcourt, March 5, 2017(TNE): Some 32 coaches and players have begun a nine-day International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 national coaches’ course in Port Harcourt.

ITF instructor and course teaching expert, Rotimi Akinloye, said at the opening session at the weekend, that participants are drawn from different parts of the country.

“ The primary aim of this programme is to make our coaches to be abreast of modern teaching methodology because tennis has gone scientific.

“ The way it was being taught before has improved and that is why the game has improved globally.

“ So, we cannot be left behind, at least, those who are coaches and would be coaches, we want to equip them technically and tactically,” he said.

According to Akinloye, the coaches will be awarded certificate of participation and also level 1 certificate because ITF syllabus will be used for the course.

Chairman Rivers Tennis Association, Isaac Uzorma, said the course was the first of its kind in the South South zone and collaborative effort by the association and Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF).

“ The course is aimed at making our coaches to be licensed because we discovered that most of our them are not trained and not ITF-certified,” he said.

Uzorma, a member of the NTF, said the course would assist coaches to improve their skills and train good players.

A participant, Uyi Omoregbe, a coach at the Edo Sports Council, said the course would update him with modern trends in tennis and skills to apply in teaching young players.

“ Edo state is blessed with many talented tennis players. This course will assist me to teach them new skills in the game,” he said.

Kiri Tamuno, coach, Rivers sports council, said the course was a good innovation that would encourage the game.

“ I commend the NTF and state tennis association for organising this course because it is first of its kind here and we stand to benefit from it,” he said. (TNE)

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