The third edition of the Tennis Europe Coaches Education Conference took place from 3-6 October in Valencia, where the event was hosted by the Spanish Tennis Federation.
Approximately 60 delegates from 32 European countries were in attendance and were joined by representatives from the International Tennis Federation and four international observers.
The two-day event focused on the specific theme of coaches’ education, bringing the delegates up to date with developments in the field since the last meeting in Vilamoura (POR) in 2011.
The interactive conference combined master class presentations with working groups and panel discussions. In addition, delegates participated in practical assessment tasks aimed at evaluating coaching competencies.
ITF/Tennis Europe Development Officer Hrvoje Zmajic moderated the conference and took the opportunity to inform the delegates about Tennis Europe’s new initiatives for coaches’ education, which will launch in 2014 and are intended to facilitate communication between member nations and the sharing of best practices in coaches’ education, with the eventual aim of creating consensus and European standards in tennis coaching.
Tennis Europe Chief Executive Officer Olli Mäenpäa said, “Tennis Europe is prioritizing coaches’ education as part of our commitment to developing the sport and improving conditions for those work within it. As always, the delegates of the conference were passionate about the topic and eager to contribute and we look forward to taking their opinions on board as we strive to create the best possible platform for their needs. I’d like to thank David Sanz and the Spanish Tennis Federation for their hospitality in Valencia, and also Miguel Crespo and Dave Miley of the ITF for their attendance and contributions to the programme.”