ZTTU, Naph hold Level One ta­ble ten­nis coach­ing clinic

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Allen Khu­malo and Mbekezeli Ncube Sports Re­porters

ZIM­BABWE Ta­ble Ten­nis Union (ZTTU) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary School Heads (Naph) yes­ter­day held a Level One ta­ble ten­nis coach­ing clinic at the Drill Hall in Bu­l­awayo.

Twenty-one par­tic­i­pants from the po­lice and pri­mary school teach­ers from Bu­l­awayo’s five dis­tricts, Khami, Reigate, Mzi­likazi, Umguza and Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral, at­tended the event where they were taught ba­sic skills of ta­ble ten­nis.

Na­tional tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of ZTTU New­man Gomendo said the clinic was aimed at groom­ing more ta­ble ten­nis coaches in the province.

“We have been mov­ing around the coun­try and this is the first Level One coach­ing course to be held in Bu­l­awayo. As ZTTU, we are try­ing to pro­mote the game at the grass­roots level and that is why we part­nered with Naph, who I be­lieve are the back­bone of all sports in the coun­try,” said Gomendo.

“The game has been non-ex­is­tent across the coun­try in which Bu­l­awayo was once dom­i­nant. We want to re­vi­talise the sport at the grass­roots level in or­der to get new play­ers that might rep­re­sent the coun­try.”

Gomendo also said the course would as­sist the po­lice pre­pare for the South­ern African Re­gional Po­lice Chiefs Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SARPCCO) Games where ta­ble ten­nis will be in­tro­duced.

He in­di­cated that ZTTU would bring the Level Two coach­ing clinic to Bu­l­awayo in 2017. The two­day event will end to­day with par­tic­i­pants be­ing given tips on ta­ble ten­nis of­fi­ci­at­ing.

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