TRINIDAD and Tobago has become the first country from the English-speaking to receive any level of coaches education certification from the ITF (International Tennis Federation).
In fact, the Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) was skipped from the lowest level (White Certification) and awarded Bronze Level Certification by the world’s governing for the sport.
Only 15 countries throughout the world are at this level while 25 are higher, as seven have achieved Silver Level Certification and 18 are at the top of the ladder with Gold Level Certification.
With a Bronze Level Certification, TATT’s Coaches Education System is capable of independently certifying coaches to the required quality standard of the ITF.
The local governing body for the sport is also now authorised to independently run ITF-sanctioned certification courses up to Level One.
It is another major feather in the cap of TATT, which received an award of recognition for Tennis Excellence from the ITF at the end of last year, and provides extra motivation as its executive pursues “the ultimate goal of achieving ITF certification of our National Training Centre” by the end of the year.
The Bronze Level Certification is another major step in TATT’s plan to make this country the hub for tennis in the region in the next few years.
TATT is extremely grateful to the ITF and their development staff, including Italian Luca Santilli, ITF executive director of development, and ITF Development Officer for the English-speaking Caribbean John Goede of Suriname, for their guidance throughout the process.
The Ministry of Sport, the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago and Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis and his staff have also assisted considerably in achieving this major milestone, along with Kyle Hannays and his team of tutors.