Head of Coaching and Development at the Tennis Association of T&T Kyle Hannays has marked another milestone in his illustrious career, by becoming the first T&T and Caribbean tennis coach to be published in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Co0aching and Sport Scienc Review with his article “Attitudes of Tennis Coaches towards continuous education- A Caribbean perspective.”
Hannays, who is also a national coach, recently became the first coach in the region to present at the World Conference in Thailand last year.
And yesterday he told Guardian Media Sports that he is elated by his achievement. However, he made it clear that his article is proof that the myth that tennis coaches in T&T and the Caribbean are not interested in coaching education is far from the truth. Hannays in fact explained that the problem has rather been the scheduling of ITF courses which do not align with the coaches’ schedules.
“What I am saying is that the times the courses are being held, can take food from the mouths of coaches,” Hannays said. He said he now intends to be an advocate of coaches’ education since the sport’s supreme body (ITF), has been pushing more courses online during the current downtime in the sport due to the covid19 pandemic. According to Hannays “The good thing is that more and more of the coaches have been taking them.”
The online sessions will only be part of the entire course(theory), while the practical sessions will be done at a later date. Hannays said coaches cannot fill coaching positions unless they are certified. He noted that being certified as a coach would require someone to complete the theory and practicals of the online courses, as well as undergo 12 contact hours of an internship programme.
The courses, Hannays said, will be done for all the different levels of coaching, including levels 1, 2 and 3. “At this point in time we only have one level three coach in the region and he is situated in Barbados. However these clourses would ensure that there will be all levels of coaches in all countries in the Caribbean and this will enhance the quality of tennis that is being played.”
The courses will fall nicely as part of the tennis association’s intention to take the sport on par with the top nations internationally. Hannays said the tennis association of T&T which is led by businessman Hayden Mitchell, will soon begin posting a database of all the certified coaches under the umbrella body, so that persons interested in a qualified coach would not have to look to far.
He concluded by saying he feels very optimistic of the sport in T&T now after watching the strides that are being made daily.