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Training the trainer

KALYAN ASHOK
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The AITA conference talked about methods and means to enhance fitness and mental strength of players and coaches

THINK TANKThe coach must be empowered
THINK TANKThe coach must be empowered

Coaching is a continuous learning process especially in a game like tennis, where one has to be updated with the latest training trends in the game. The All India Tennis Association has been conducting regular clinics for coaches and certification programmes to keep Indian coaching fraternity on par with international standards.

The AITA National Coaches Conference was conducted in New Delhi by Zygosports. It was attended by 300 coaches from across the country and neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan. “The conference was aimed at bringing coaches together and sharing their experiences. They also heard talks conducted by experts in various field like fitness, nutrition, sports psychology sports medicine,” says Sunil Yajayman, Director of Zygoports.

The experts included Robert Ballard, the Australian fitness trainer who works with ATP and WTA Tour professionals and gave valuable inputs on latest methods of fitness testing and drills for players. Dr Vece Paes, father of Indian legend Leander Paes shared his personal experience on the making of Leander’s career.

Anil Khanna, president of AITA and a member of board of directors of the international tennis federation says, “Educating the coach has been a top priority for AITA. ITF is looking at the coaching programmes of many countries, which includes India.’’

The conference culminated with an awards ceremony and Dilip Bose Award was presented to two coaches Balram Singh (Delhi) and Tahir Ali ( Kolkata). They were presented with a silver plaque and cash award of Rs. 50,000 each. Special awards were also given to Dr.Vece Paes and Nandan Bal for their contribution to Indian Davis Cup team over the years.

KALYAN ASHOK

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