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Africa Tennis coaches undergo players development course in Ghana

Accra, Jan. 31, GNA - Ten tennis coaches selected from across the continent, have started a two-week International Tennis Federation (ITF) level two coaching course.

The training program, which started on Tuesday at the Accra Sports Stadium, is an advance player development coaching course, sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

According to Mr Noah Bukari, head of tennis coaches in Ghana, the training is for selected and targeted coaches in Africa.

“We have invited ten coaches because it is a specialised program. Four from Nigeria, four from Ghana, one from Uganda and one from Bostwana,” Mr Bukari told the GNA Sports.

He explained that the participants were selected based on an international criteria by the ITF.

“There is an international criterion for participation. The ITF specifies that, a player must be or have Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) points or must have played Davies Cup before. Davies Cup is like world cup in tennis and ATP points means you are playing at the association of tennis professionals or playing at the professionals tour.

“We are looking for high level performance coaches who would be able to appreciate the level of the player, because they have played up to a higher level.

“So being a coach would help them understand how they can get these players across the road from amateurism to professionalism.

“This is an ITF level two coaching course. It is an advance player development coaching course, which would help the players understand the principles, the bye-mechanical principles, the technical knowledge, the tactical information that would help the players to transition from junior into professionals,” coach Bukari stated.

GNA


Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/sports/africa-tennis-coaches-undergo-players-development-course-in-ghana--128097)
Published: 2018-01-31 16:51:50
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