ATTU ‘Aim for the stars’ South Asia Training Camp Concludes
The second training camp organized by the Asian Table Tennis Union just came to an end last Sunday after a grueling three weeks of hard and intensive work. The initiative forms part of the innovative ATTU program, the ‘Aim for the Stars’ project, brainchild of ATTU Projects Director Glenn Tepper.
Credit goes to the Table Tennis Federation of India for their collaboration and hosting of the event held at the Anshul Garg Academy, state of the art Hall.
Mario Genovese who is a widely travelled, highly experienced International table tennis expert and organiser of many training camps worldwide and Anshul Garg who is one of the top coaches in India having a string of home grown champions, both set the trend for a sparked and a highly motivated camp that left no stone unturned, an energy that lasted for the full duration of the camp.
The camp exploited all the corners of modern table tennis where the sessions not only covered on-table training but also various dynamic physical sessions including reflex and speed sessions also coupled with various interactive table mental routines that were applied in consideration of all the different stressful match situations.
Mindset both for training and competition, was the main theme of the camp and all participants were immediately engrossed to perform to their best.
‘Mario Genovese mentioned that the players had to find better ways how to handle ever changing tactical situations during matches and find fast responses to counter the many conditions that competition brings with it. Positive attitudes breakdown easily if one is not mentally strong and that is why we must take care of our mental mind set ahead of the competition period’
During the camp players were regularly tested for this by way of extreme irregularity, multiplex routines and ITX training, which is a Psycho physiological system that works on the constant change of routine patterns.
Basically in Mario’s words, the innovator for ITX, summed up ITX training as a routine system to help ‘being consistent during inconsistent situations’
On the other hand Anshul Garg made sure that all players were being assessed carefully and a meticulous plan for doing all the technical corrections by way of multi ball training ensued. Always hands on with planning the diagnostics and he left no stone unturned to make sure that every player was in a match state mode during the duration of the camp. There was great team work all the way.
This is what some of the participants had to say about the training;
‘These camps are extremely important for us as we discover not only new ways how to train but also new aspects and fresh ideas. We hope that we can have more of these camps in the near future so we may be more confident during matches. Thank you for the ATTU and the great coaches available here’.
Antu Hossain Joy (Player Bangladesh National Team)
‘This was a great initiative by the Asian Table Tennis Union and we hope that we can utilize all that we have learnt from the experts back home with our coaches and players.
Many things were very effective and there were new things to learn every day.
All the players are returning very motivated and feeling very ready for the South Asian Games coming up soon. Thank you to all the coaches and their assistants.
National Player Sri Lanka team
I feel sad that this camp has ended even though it has taken 3 weeks it looked like a few days because we were learning new things every day. I think ITX training made it very interesting too and it kept pushing us to new mental and physical limits. I feel more ready and focused and mentally stronger. Thank you also to the Indian Table Tennis Federation for this opportunity and the ATTU and the coaches Mario and Anshul and their assistants.
Julia Tanushree Das Gupta
Player Team India
The camp was concluded with a well-organized live ‘social media Q & A’ with many players asking many valid questions.
The next Regional Training Camp will be for South East Asia in Thailand in April, 2020, prior to the Thailand ITTF Junior Circuit, while many National Projects are also underway.