Students totally focused in Algiers
Photo By: Courtesy of Ahmed Dawlatly
Geographically, the largest country in the continent of Africa, Algeria was the host for a recent ITTF-Level Two Coach Education Course.
Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme, Zeralda a suburb of Algiers the capital city located in the north of the country, was the home for proceedings. The local Sports Complex provided the venue for the theory sessions, for practical requirements matters were organised in the premises of the Algerian Table Tennis Federation.
Six Day Itinerary
A six day itinerary, the course commenced on Friday 22nd July and concluded on Wednesday 27th July; the course conductor was Egypt’s Ahmed Dawlatly, the ITTF Technical Expert.
“Algeria is a North African country with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior”, explained Ahmed Dawlatly. “Many empires have left legacies, such as the ancient Roman ruins in seaside Tipaza; in the capital, Algiers, Ottoman landmarks, like circa-1612 Ketchaoua Mosque, line the hillside Casbah quarter, with its narrow alleys and stairways.”
Overall 13 active coaches throughout the country attended, all were highly motivated and eager to progress; most importantly to meet the requirements of the course it was never absent never late.
There was a 100 per attendance rate.
High Pass Rate
Furthermore, there was a high pass rate.
Impressively 11 members met the necessary requirements for the ITTF Level Two Certificate with four of the group reaching a sufficiently high standard to qualify to attend an ITTF Level Three Coach Education.
“The new hall of the Algerian Table Tennis Federation, with more than 15 tables, witnessed a very busy week”, added Ahmed Dawlatly. “It hosted the practical sessions for the course and was also the venue where the Algerian national teams were preparing for the upcoming Arab Team Championships to be held in Tunisia late in August.”
At the helm of the preparations was Cédric Rouleau, Head Coach for Algeria National Teams.
“Algerian national teams are here for a training camp for future events this year, a series of four camps have been organized”, said Cédric Rouleau. “Algerian athletes in all categories will train all summer for Arab Nations Championship to be held in Tunisia from Monday 22nd to Monday 29th August; a few months later, there will be the African Senior Championships in Agadir.”
The African Senior Championships will be staged from Monday 24th to Monday 30th October.
Highly Competent Management Team
“Mr. Kamal Zitouni, Algeria President of the Algerian Table Tennis Federation, should feel proud of his managing team responsible for coming up with another very successful course in Algeria”, stressed Ahmed Dawlatly. “The management team included Mr. Farid Hamani, Mr. Rashid Belgilali and Mr. Faisal Ben Shergi.”
A most successful visit and it was one which continued the close relationship that has been established over the years with the International Table Tennis Federation.
Notably an equipment assistance package was received in 2015 by the Algerian Table Tennis Federation through the Xiom Development Incentive Programme in 2015; earlier in 2002 similar support had been received from Joola.
“This course was the 16th in a long series of courses started nearly 15 years ago with an ITTF Development Project in 2001 led by Mr. Babatunde Obisanya of Nigeria”, added Ahmed Dawlatly who had clearly enjoyed his visit to Algiers for more reason than one.
“Algerian cuisine is famous of its traditional meal named “Couscous”, you can have it in many different, still delicious ways”, he explained. “You can taste of Couscous with seven vegetables.”
Clearly in Algiers, the menu met with everyone’s approval whatever table was used.
Algeria: There was a high success rate at the course staged in the country’s capital city
Photos courtesy of Ahmed Dawlatly