ATTU’s new “Aim for the Stars” Project commences in Sri Lanka
Inaugurated at the 2019 Asian Championships in Indonesia in September, ATTU’s latest project “Aim for the Stars”, aiming at producing elite players across the continent to match the current stars in East Asia, while respecting the needs of each National Association and leaving the maximum possible legacy.
Aim for the Stars is led by former ITTF Deputy CEO, Glenn TEPPER, who was responsible for setting up and managing the ITTF Development Program and ITTF Coach Accreditation Scheme over 2 decades, and Afshin BADIEE, the longest serving Continental Development Manager with over 20 years experience.
With a budget of US$250,000 per year, Aim for the Stars looks to have one Regional Project for all countries in the region and one National Project for each National Association according to their needs, each year.
With the South Asia Games to be held in Nepal, 1-10 December, 2019, South Asia was the focus for the first projects.
Sri Lanka was the first to act with a multi-skilling training camp aimed at 3 target groups:
Head Coach was Aleksey Yefremov[BLR] who has been National Coach of India, Guatemala, Peru among others, and has been a longtime ITTF Course Conductor at ITTF L1-L2-L3 levels.
“I was very happy to come to Sri Lanka to work with their national players and coaches for the very first ATTU “Aim for the Stars” activity. There was a great atmosphere and work together and all made progress. I wish them good luck in the upcoming South Asian Games and hope to meet all again.”
Aleksey Yefremov(Head Coach)
“Amazing Camp with Aleksey. To the players he gave his experience 100%. New techniques, knowledge about the game, courage , determination , and new hope to the players. He has the ability to bring all the players to his programme”
Chandana Perera (Sri Lanka Technical Delegate)
“This practice has been a great opportunity for our life. We learned new multi ball tactics and also learnt new physical practices and how we prepare mentally for matches This training will help us for the future also .
Krishan Wickramarathne(Sri Lanka Men’s Team)
“The coaching given by Aleksey was nothing short of being fantastic. Being a great motivator, Aleksey was able to get the best out of us”.
Ayla Chitty(Sri Lanka Women’s Team)
Next is the Aim for the Stars Regional Project for South Asia is a South Asia Games Preparation Camp and Coach Education at the Anshul Garg Academy in New Dehli, India with Head Coaches Anshul Gard[IND] and Mario Genovese[MLT] from 3-24 November, 2019. Afghanistan*, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Sri Lanka have all confirmed participation. [*Note as Afghanistan participates in the South Asia Games and Pakistan has difficulties to participate in India it was agreed that for this year Afghanistan would be considered as South Asia and Pakistan Middle Asia for the purposes of ATTU “Aim for the Stars” Project]
The remaining Aim for the Stars National Projects for South Asia include:
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