The first ever ITTF Level 2 Coaching Course is underway in Uganda

The first ever International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Level 2 Coaching Course for Ugandan table tennis coaches is currently underway at Elite High School, Entebbe.

This is the first course not only in Uganda but also in the entire East African region, facilitated by Egyptian Ahmed Dawlatly, an ITTF expert.

ITTF expert Ahmed Dawlatly during the coaching course

This course has 11 participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and a country in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia.

Uganda takes the lion’s share of participants, 7 with Jude Mutete, Ronald Andira, Regina Nakibuule, Daniel Mutabazi, Robert Sekitoleko, Jonathan Ssenyonga and Alvin Katumba).

Kenya has two participants in Audrey Oronda and Kennedy Kojal Lotti while Ethiopia and Tanzania have one participant each.

Ethiopia is represented by Fisiha Misigina and Tanzania by Johnson Majara.

Coaches during the theoretical session

Uganda Table Tennis Federation (UTTF) President Robert Jjagwe is excited about the development.

From the beginning, we have been receiving level 1 lessons. But the problem is that level 1 coaches only do basic things like teaching beginners in the sport how to hold a racket, how to place the ball on the table, count the dots, etc. It is level 2 that produces the winners of international competitions. We have had about 5 level 1 coaching courses in the past. Uganda is struggling to produce results on the international stage because we have never had a level 2 coach. This issue is now resolved. Now we are upgrading up to 7 Ugandan coaches to Level 2 in this unprecedented and very important opportunity which also comes at the right time as our team heads to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. We are extremely excited to see what our coaches can do for this team with their new and improved technical skill. Such exceptional, historical and wonderful developments will see the heights of scale of the sport of table tennis never seen before in this country.

Robert Jjagwe, President – ​​Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA)

Ahmed Dawlatly demonstrates to coaches

Uganda’s national head coach and the one who will travel with the women’s team to Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Jude Mutete, is also part of the Tier 2 course.

Meanwhile, the Ugandan team is camping at Elite High School, the exact location of the course.

“Our Birmingham-bound team is camped directly at Elite High School itself, where the course also takes place. Thus, the players will be able to benefit the most from the improved and improved technical skills of our coaches. Jjagwe adds.

This course will culminate on Saturday 9e July 2022.

Push and smash the basics in theoretical form

Attendance:

Speakers:

  • Jude Mutete – Male (Uganda)
  • Ronald Andira – Male (Uganda)
  • Regina Nakibuule – Female (Uganda)
  • Daniel Mutabazi – Male (Uganda)
  • Robert Sekitoleko – Male (Uganda)
  • Jonathan Ssenyonga – Male (Uganda)
  • Alvin Katumba – Male (Uganda)
  • Fisiha Misigina – Male (Ethiopia)
  • Audrey Oronda – Female (Kenya)
  • Kennedy Kojal Lotti – Male (Kenya)
  • Johnson Majara – Male (Tanzania)

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