At the close of the ITF Level 1 Coaching Course the participants were able to put all the knowledge and skill learned into practice.
On court the coaches implemented lessons plans that they designed. Expert instructor Mr. John Goede, ITF Developmental Officer for the Caribbean led the group over the past 12 days at the National Tennis Centre.
Our very own Bahamian Chelsi Russell was the assistant tutor.
This course follows the Play Tennis Course"PTC" hosted earlier in March by The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association(BLTA). Building off the PTC this ITF Level 1 has expanded the minds and creativity of the coaches.
This course is designed to give coaches the tools and skills to coach beginners and intermediate. The participants in the course include Rodney Carey, Brent Johnson, Keith Greene, Sharon Greene, Mike Butler, Perry Newton, MacArthur Rigby, Nolan Johnson, Shannon Francis, Philip Major, Rasheed Carey and Julio Valdez.
The BLTA congratulates the coaches who took advantage of the opportunity to rejuvenate their coaching skills. The course was intensive and extensive. President Darnette Weir stated that "Bahamas Tennis should benefit from the improvement in the coaching base. We encourage the coaches to continue to contribute their services and talent to the overall enhancement of the sport."
We thank Mr. Goede and the ITF for the support and the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experiences. We also thank Chelsi for being a major support in her role as Assistant Tutor. Thanks to The Olympic Solidarity Fund and the Bahamas Olympic Committee who were instrumental in providing for the course.
Coaching is key in the development of the sport!