ITF - International Tennis Federation

12/04/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/04/2018 16:15

Sierra Leone hosts OS/ITF CBI coaches course

The Sierra Leone Tennis Federation (SLTA) supported by Olympic Solidarity (OS) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) successfully organized a Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players (Level 1) course in Freetown from 7-18 November 2018.

The first three days of the 12 days were dedicated to a comprehensive and exciting Play Tennis course with 24 candidates comprising former tennis players, PE teachers and coaches from every region in Sierra Leone. They were taken through the Play Tennis teaching methodology using various drills and activities, by ITF course tutors Noah Bagerbaseh Bukari (Ghana) and Amidu Dumbia (Sierra Leone).

Subsequently, 18 candidates progressed to the CBI course. The topics covered included: elements of a typical group lesson; biomechanics and movement; analysis and improvement of tactics and techniques; psychology for beginner and Intermediate players; teaching progressions for group and individual lessons and physical conditioning for beginner and intermediate players.

One candidate, Edward Baimba said 'I am very excited to have been able to complete this very educative programme. I am completely saturated with tennis coaching knowledge and can't wait to integrate my new-found knowledge in my daily training sessions.'

A delighted President of the SLTA, the Hon. Arthur Solo Harvey said 'The knowledge acquired by the candidates throughout the course will provide them with a solid foundation on which to build grassroots tennis development in the country, with renewed energy and enthusiasm.' The President gave special thanks to Olympic Solidarity, the ITF, the NOC and the Ministry of Sports for the successful organisation of the course.