Table Tennis is now set to be a popular sport on Union Island after several residents successfully completed an International Table Tennis Federation Level One Certification Course.
Over fifteen persons on Union Island, mainly teachers, completed the ITTF Club Coach level one course between Tuesday 25th – 27th April 2017 held at the Union Island Secondary School. The 12 hours course is the first part of the Level 1 Course where participants learned the basics of the game and several coaching techniques.
The course was hosted by the “The Vincy Table Tennis Foundation” and was facilitated by Georg Silberschmidt of Switzerland. Mr Silberschmidt is an Expert at the International Table Tennis Federation and the Director of the Swiss Table Tennis Federation.
The training project started one year ago in Bequia as a Pilot Project funded by Olympic Solidarity, the The Vincy Table Tennis Foundation was then formed as a way to not only ensure the sustainability of the initiative on Bequia but also to expand it across the country.
Similar training sessions are planned for Mayreau, Layou, Sandy Bay and once funding is acquired to other parts of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
It is expected that the Club Coaches will encourage students at the various schools to get involved in table tennis.
ITTF Club Coach Training
Over fifteen persons on Union Island, completed the ITTF Club Coach level one course between Tuesday 25th – 27th April 2017 held at the Union Island Secondary School.
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Posted by Radio Grenadines on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
As part of the training initiative, the Union Island Secondary School is expected to receive several professional tables and other table tennis gears, the project will be ongoing and will be coordinated by an Administrative Coordinator based in Bequia and Local Coordinators at each location.
Silberschmidt stated that schools and clubs will have to report the use of the gears and also have to participate at the inter school table tennis games starting October 2017.
Past Principal of the Union Island Secondary, Mr Godwin James shared his views on the training course via Radio Grenadines facebook page giving an historical review : “Table tennis was a sport at UISS before the mid 1980s. It was one of the games for Inter-House sports competition. Good initiative.”
Vincy Table Tennis Foundation
Table Tennis is an activity that facilitates the holistic development of the individual. It caters for individuals of all ages, ethnic, religious and social groups. It is relatively cheap and allows for the honing of a wide range of skills. Schools are the nursery of all sport and it is important that much emphasis is placed on getting the fundamentals right at the early stages of the child’s introduction to the sport. Communities are the closest institution to the family.
The idea of establishing community-based multi-sport clubs around St. Vincent and the Grenadines affords a very good opportunity to utilize sport as a vehicle for community development. The Vincy Table Tennis Foundation was created to play a major role in facilitating grassroots development of Table Tennis around St. Vincent and the Grenadines with schools and communities working in tandem.
To make Table Tennis accessible to as many Vincentian children as possible in schools and communities ushering them onto a sustainable development pathway in the sport.
Learn More how you can donate towards table tennis in SVG at www.vincytabletennis.com