Botswana: The BTA kickstarted the Coaches’ Education Programme with the hosting of the ITF Play Tennis Course in Gaborone at the National Tennis Centre. The Course, hosted from 21-24 July 2022, brought together 16 aspiring coaches from Serowe, Molepolole, Mahalapye, Phikwe, Francistown and Gaborone.
The Course was facilitated by our local tutors, Petrus Molefe and Brighton Keteng. Botswana will host the ITF Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players Course in September 2022.
BTA Hosted International Coaches Course
The Botswana Tennis Association conducted the International Tennis Federation Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players course (ITF CBI) at the National Tennis Centre in Gaborone.
The ITF CBI course was the follow-up course from the ITF Play Tennis course to progress from assistant coach to coach level. The 12 days long Course ran from 26th September to 8th October 2022, had attracted 17 local coaches and 1 International participant.
The Course was facilitated by the ITF Development Officer, Southern Africa, Ms Tapiwa Masunga and local tutor, Mr Kagiso Kelebeile.
International Tennis Federation Coaching Advanced Players Course
The BTA sent two coaches, Brighton Keteng and Lefa Sibanda, to attend the International Tennis Federation Coaching Advanced Players Course (formerly Level 2).
The advanced Course was conducted in South Africa at the University of Pretoria from 29th September to 13th October 2022. The goal of the Course was to give participants the competencies to teach tennis to intermediate and advanced players involved in the competition.
On the same day, Botswana Tennis Association also hosted a Wheelchair Tennis training camp at the National Tennis Centre from the 22nd to 26th of October 2022.
The Camp, which was hosted with support from the International Tennis Federation, saw the wheelchair tennis expert, Patrick Selepe, and player ambassador, Alwande Sikhosana, conducting coaches and player clinics.
In addition, the two conducted meetings with the BTA wheelchair programme coordinator and the National Executive Committee. The training camp was used as a catalyst for the rolling out of the wheelchair tennis programme in the country.