Express Sports Filler

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.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) executive have given the go-ahead to resume the recruitment process for a new Red Force head coach as plans continue to be drawn up for resumption of local and regional cricket.

IF FIFA were to agree to lift the suspension imposed on the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and agree to pay its half of arbitration costs, then the TTFA has no issue with having the dispute between it and the world’s football governing body heard and resolved at the Court of Arbitration (CAS) in Switzerland.

Powerful all-rounder Andre Russell, along with openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis have opted out of the Twenty20 International tour of New Zealand, Cricket West Indies (CWI) confirmed Friday.

Jos Buttler hit 70 not out from 48 balls as Rajasthan Royals revived their IPL play-off hopes and dented Chennai Super Kings’ with a seven-wicket victory yesterday, in a low-scoring clash at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) spinner Sunil Narine has had his bowling action cleared and been taken off the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) warning list.