St Andrews Table Tennis Club members, Dave Beveridge and Howard Lee, were recently awarded the UKCC Level 1 coaching certificate.
The awards followed two days of tuition at Ward Road Gym, Dundee, between which the duo had to complete a significant portfolio of research into areas such as child protection, motivation, behaviour management and securing a safe coaching environment.
At their final assessment they also had to demonstrate they could prepare and deliver a lesson plan full of fun and games to beginners, simulated by requiring them to teach a specified stroke to a group of experienced players wielding the bat in their ‘wrong’ hand.
It was surprisingly successful!
Their tutor and assessor was Paul Jackson, Table Tennis Scotland’s director of coaching.
Howard and Dave are pictured, above, receiving their awards from club head coach and Scottish table tennis legend, Elaine Forbes.