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  • 26Jun

    Cyprus is moving forward, that is the clear message from the Cyprus Table Tennis Association.

    They
    are making a major effort to promote table tennis schools; in
    particular targeting the major cities of Cyprus: Nicosia and Limassol.

    In
    March and May 2009, further progress was made with seminars involving
    Elementary School Teachers being held in order to create more potential
    coaches.

    Seminars
    The first
    seminar took place in Tassos Papadopoulos, Eleftheria Sports Stadium in
    Nicosia, on Saturday 21st March with 45 teachers being present; all
    were prepared to offer table tennis in their physical education
    lessons.

    On Saturday 9th May in Limassol, the second seminar
    took place at the Tsirio Sports Stadium. The majority of the 17
    participants were teachers who wanted to include table tennis in their
    physical education lessons; some were members of local table tennis
    clubs and two of them are also table tennis umpires.

    Each seminar was thorough in content.

    Content
    Registration
    was followed with a power-point presentation which included a brief
    history of the game, the basic equipment required and the need for
    creativity.

    The principle that "every table is a table tennis
    table" was encouraged plus information on the basic grip, strokes and
    how to maintain the interest of children were explained.

    Furthermore, tournament organization was included with a question and answer session bringing matters to an end.

    Great Interest
    "During
    the course, all participants showed tremendous interest and motivation
    to learn as much as possible", explained Vicky Eleftheriade who
    alongside Marinos Voukis, directed the course.

    "From the
    anonymous course evaluations it can be easily extracted that all
    participants were very satisfied with the overall quality of the
    seminars", continued Vicky Eleftheriade. "They enjoyed the use of
    videos, the power-point presentation and specifically enjoyed the fact
    that they were introduced to both theory and practice."

    A very worthwhile project and all left in confident mood.

    National Programme
    The
    two seminars are linked with the "Table Tennis Educational Programme"
    (TTEP), which has run for the last four years and has proven very
    successful.

    "The National Team coach visits elementary schools
    if the number of tables is sufficient or schools visit the association;
    the lessons last about one and a half hours.

    The effect is that
    some children are chosen for training with the National Association’s
    coaches and thus have a good grasp of the basics before selection.

    Bright Future
    A
    major step for the development of table tennis in Cyprus is well
    underway and the prospects for the future look extremely bright thanks
    to the efforts of the National Association and in particular, Vicky
    Eleftheriade and Marinos Voukis.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 2:53 pm

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