12/04/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/04/2018 16:15
The International Tennis Federation (ITF), Olympic Solidarity (OS) and the Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) collaborated to host a regional Coaching Advanced Players (L2) course in Trinidad from 9-20 November 2018, under ITF course tutors Mr. Guillermo Stevens (Mexico) and Mr. Kyle Hannays (Trinidad and Tobago).
The course took place at the Tennis Centre in Tacarigua. This state-of-the-art facility houses 12 tennis courts including four indoor courts and a stadium court with a seating capacity of 1,500. The assigned classroom was fully air conditioned and equipped with everything necessary to ensure a comfortable environment where learning could take place. In addition, the proximity to the indoor court, which was literally adjacent made for an easy transition from theory to practice and removed any concern about the unpredictable weather.
The course comprised ten participants, three of whom were female. Seven hailed from the host nation and three from the islands of St. Lucia, Guyana and St. Vincent, largely consisting of former national junior and senior champions within their respective countries. Their technical and tactical knowledge of the game as well as their level of play testified to their individual experience within the sport.
At the start of the course many of the participants expressed an interest not only in attaining greater knowledge of coaching but also in gaining a greater understanding of the more complex aspects of coaching at a higher level. One coach, Larry Yearwood of TTO, in particular expressed his desire to acquire more detailed information on the science of coaching, teaching methodology, physical conditioning and biomechanics.
Throughout the course the TATT's administrative assistant was always readily available and willing to offer support to ensure the smooth running of the course. The president of the TATT, Mr Hayden Mitchell also presented himself on two occasions during the course.
All the participating coaches had a great attitude, showed lots of enthusiasm and never complained about the long hours that became common practice during the course. They welcomed the opportunity and endeavoured to make the most of the experience, as we seek to take the sport of tennis forward within the region.