The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) congratulates Coach Chelsi Russell, who received a six-week scholarship from the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Olympic Solidarity Fund to participate in the ITF Level II Coaching Advanced Players Course in Valencia, Spain.
Russell was recommended by ITF Development Officer for the Caribbean John Goede, and is currently in Valencia for the course. The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) facilitated arrangements for Coach Russell through the ITF Olympic Solidarity Scholarships for coaches.
Russell will be participating in the practice and coaching at the academy, practical on-court sessions – level of play, group lessons and individual lessons, theoretical sessions in the lecture room and personal work. Modules of the course include “The Coach, Advanced Training”, “Bio-mechanics and Technique”, “Sport Science” and “Periodization & Planning”. The course is said to be rigorous and challenging.
In an interview with Coach Russell, she spoke about the opportunity.
“Continuous development of coaches is the key to the effective and efficient development of players,” she said. “After making the decision to broaden my coaches education by pursuing my level one coaching certification under the ITF curriculum, my mind was open to new teaching methodologies, new approaches and modern knowledge within the sport of tennis. This information enabled me to improve my coaching skills and better apply techniques to assist in the improvement, whether minor or major, of every player I come in contact with.”
Relative to her plans after completion, Coach Russell said: “I hope to work with the BLTA in establishing a development plan for tennis players and coaches of all skill levels to increase retention and joy within the sport. Through this opportunity of exposure I hope to evoke a positive shift within the Bahamian tennis community and bridge the gap between opportunities connected to tennis and all persons willing to learn and advance themselves.”
A BLTA spokesperson said through a press release: “We wish Chelsi a productive time as we know her coaching skills will aid in the growth of the sport. We pray for a fruitful course and a safe return for Chelsi.”
Russell came up as a young player under the BLTA and eventually ventured into coaching.