From the series of ITF Coach Education programs in West & Central Asia, the “ITF/OS Regional Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Tennis Players’ Course” took place at the Republican State Tennis School of Olympic Reserve in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
ITF expert and Development Officer for West & Central Asia, Amir Borghei, conducted the course along with Igor Shelyakin (UZB). The course was organized from 27th March to 7th April and was attended by 24 candidates from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Becoming familiar with the ITF Development programs such as JTI, Play and Stay Campaign and Tennis 10s, as well as the ins and outs of the progressive teaching stages of Red, Orange and Green, formed parts of the three day Play Tennis section, whereas the concept of Game Based Approach-GBA, tactics, physical conditioning, mental side of tennis, familiarization with organization of group and individual practice, lessons’ progressions, etc, were among parts of the main section of the course. Majority of the course participants were young and very motivated candidates with a high level of play. There were also few observers from schools who joined the first three days and left with a very positive feedback, mentioning the ITF course very great in terms of content. Mirhuseyn Yakhyaev, General Secretary of Tajikistan Tennis Fed. who took part in the course as a participant, said: “we benefited a lot from the course and are passionately waiting to convey the newly learned things to our coaches”.
The closing ceremony was organized at the conference hall of Uzbekistan NOC and was attended by Oybek Kasimov, General Secretary of Uzbekistan NOC, as well as Igor Shepelev, General Secretary of Uzbekistan Tennis Federation and the ATF Vice-president for Central Asia. Mr. Shepelev noted: it is a pleasure for UTF to host this course with cooperation of the OS and NOC and we would like to thank the ITF for providing such a great opportunity for Uzbek coaches to develop their coaching skills. Mr Kasimov also mentioned the importance of educational programs and expressed the NOC interest for further future cooperation and supports to tennis. Bakhodir Khusankhodjaev, NOC head of international relations, as well as Khumoyun Ibragimov, made great contributions to the course and arranged a tour for participants to visit Uzbekistan NOC Olympic museum and medical center at the end of the closing ceremony.