21st December, 2010
Following the scarcity of table tennis coaches in Nigeria, former Nigerian and African number one female player, Bose Kaffo, is organising a five-dayÂ International Table Tennis Federation Level One coaching course at the Indoor Sport Hall of the Lagos State Sports Council, LSSC.
The programme sponsored by the Lagos State Government in conjunction with the ITTF, began on Sunday with over 30 coaches and table tennis players inÂ attendance. At least 25 table tennis boards were also provided for the course.
According to Kaffo, a board member of the LSSC, the course is organised to update coaches who do not have the opportunity to participate in series someÂ programmes sanctioned by the ITTF.
The Olympian said the training would afford the coaches the opportunity to acquire the latest techniques of the game as well as the latest scientific andÂ basic table tennis skills.
She said Egyptian Table Tennis Federation has over 175 coaches who are abreast of latest development in the sport. She said this has made the Egyptians toÂ record outstanding progress and achievements in series of ITTF approved tournaments.
She believes Nigeria needs to follow this trend .
Kaffo disclosed that the training has been designed in such a way that the participants would be able to handle clubs, schools and support the nationalÂ coaches.
At the end of the course, at least 30 coaches trained would obtain ITTF Level 1 Certificate.