Table Tennis Blog
Have you had that feeling; when you play out of your skin and you seem to do no wrong? Or you beat someone you’ve never beaten before or you have just won a tournament? that feeling of joy is why we play sport.
Unfortunately, like most things there are a few negative elements! I don’t want to delve into the negative side but i feel we must provide a view which is required for our sport to flourish; today and in the future.
3 things required:
- A more open minded governing body; willing to help, looking to grow and develop. A fair system that understands the players needs and caters for it in the best possible way, for all those inside our sport. In my opinion it’s key to cater for those inside the system first! our players and coaches require more opportunities. If we employ external coaches and send our best players abroad, how can we develop? what inspiration do our players and coaches have from within? We must find a way to make our best players stay and provide the right stepping stones for our coaches, just like the best nations do. France, Germany, Poland, Belgium and other great nations all have top quality home bred coaches.
- Club structure, I’ve said this many times we must create a system which caters for all levels and ages, big centres and surrounding feeder hubs.
- Learn from the best; look at systems that work and implement it our way. We are stuck in an old system (local league diminishing, poor venues for national league, etc and a lack of togetherness in many instances, GP’s disorganised, expensive and very little reward).
Big changes are required but if we don’t make them we won’t ever have an efficient system to compete with the very best, continuously. A system that caters for all is essential.
This must all come from the top and flow down to the bottom. Having a system that caters for what feels like a business is disheartening, especially for people like me and others alike, who truly love our sport.
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