BTTA Athletes and Technical Staff Development

Gaborone: Botswana National Olympic committee (BNOC) in association with Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) is hosting a table tennis players training camp, the coaches and course coordinators clinic from 9th to 23rd April 2016 at Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN). The training is a commitment to BTTA vision and mandate to reach international standards of competitiveness as part of a four year plan. The aim is to partake in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas 2017, Gold Coast 2018, 2018 African Youth Games and All Africa Games in 2019.

The training  camp is supported through the Olympic Solidarity (OS) YOG 2018 Talent Identification grant, and is facilitated by an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) technical expert Mr Ahmed Dawlatly, hailing from Egypt. Mr Dawlatly brings with him a rich experience, which includes being Head Coach, Technical Manager for National Teams and clubs in a number of countries. He became ITTF- Africa Development Officer in 2013 before he graduated to ITTF technical expert in January 2015. His experience and expertise is undoubtedly what BTTA needs to propel the local table tennis to international standards.

The coaches section has enrolled ten participants, five of whom hold the level two coaching certificates, whilst the other five is made up of qualified teachers with relevant qualifications and experience in table tennis. This course is expected to grow these coaches technical expertise.

Young tennis players signed up for the athletes’ camp section of the course. The majority were identified though the BISA zonal and national level competitions as the most talented and promising young stars. 

The last facet of this course entails training course conductors in the sport, with the aim to continue training and identifying new coaches whilst continually empowering themselves with upper level courses.