The Guyana Tennis Association (GTA) ‘Play Tennis Course’ concluded yesterday afternoon at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) auditorium at Lillendall on the East Coast of Demerara.
The participants of the four-day Course were Andre Erskine, Rebecca Mitchell, Mark McDonald, Orande Dainty and Dawn Duke.
Three assignments were done yesterday during sessions which commenced at 08:30hrs and concluded at 17:30hrs.
They were tested on their level of play, a written Test and a group lesson test. The sessions were conducted by Director and Head Coach of Advantage Tennis Services, Damien Applewhaite.
The Barbadian, who has been involved in Coaching for 19 years and was the first ITF Level three Coach in the English speaking Caribbean, said the students have to be graded and their grades will then be sent to London.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) who partners with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) who governs professional tennis will then certify them.
Applewhaite said he was delighted the conduct this Course and was assisted by local Coaches Shelly Daly and Andre Lowe.
The 5-time Davis Cup member who represented Barbados at junior level informed that their results should be back from London in about three weeks.
“The new Coaches had a decent standard which improved over the four days of the Course,” Applewhaite said.
The course which commenced last Tuesday at the National Racquet Centre was aimed to equip Tennis Coaches, potential Coaches and Teachers with theoretic and practical skills required for training juniors Tennis players.
The successful Candidates would qualify to participate in beginners and Intermediate Coaching courses (Level 1) to be held at some point in the near future.
The participants each collected a Certificate of participation after the final session ended yesterday. (Sean Devers)
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