After more than a year of Covid-19, the ITTF Foundation was finally traveling again. Thanks to our Ambassador Sarah Hanffou and her ASBL Ping Sans Frontières, as well as to the Table Tennis Federation of Côte d’Ivoire (FITT, Ivorian Table Tennis Federation), we were able to put the Tables 4 ALL courses to test . Thanks to the valuable comments collected during this test course, we can optimize the project for a most fruitful experience for all participants of this course; Tables 4 ALL, everywhere!
Sustainability is the way
One of the major obstacles to the practice of table tennis is the lack of available equipment, and the difficulty of acquiring tables for local organizations. Tables 4 ALL emerges as one of the solutions that bring sustainability to field projects, ITTF member associations, clubs and individuals by imparting know-how of table tennis table production locally and potentially even by generating own income in an ecological way.
“We are delighted to have hosted the first Tables 4 ALL testing course. This training was innovative and dynamic, as it allowed participants to learn how to build table tennis tables from scratch. The eight boards we made during the test course will be distributed to local schools. We will continue production because our goal is to supply ping-pong tables to all major cities in Ivory Coast. There is no doubt that this project will help us develop table tennis in the country. Thank you to the ITTF Foundation and to the international solidarity association Ping Sans Frontières for this perfect collaboration. Ali Kanaté, vice-president in charge of external relations, FITT.
“One of the basic needs but also for many developing member associations, one of the main obstacles to the development of table tennis is the limited access and / or lack of table tennis equipment. Change does not happen overnight, but I believe that the Tables 4 ALL project can significantly contribute to increased participation and involvement in table tennis in particularly developing member associations by providing an opportunity to introduce table tennis, for example in communities or schools, as in the case of Côte d’Ivoire but not limited to it. That said, making table tennis more accessible, universal, inclusive and popular, which is very much in line with the ITTF motto: TABLE TENNIS. FOR EVERYONE. FOR LIFE. “Katarzyna Kubas, ITTF High performance and development
More than a table building course
Much like table tennis, Tables 4 ALL focuses on the accessibility and inclusiveness of our favorite sport by providing solutions where they are needed.
“Attending the table building class was a great pleasure as it is very difficult for the children here to access table tennis training and how much it means to build tables in this way. This is something that I can pass on to my students step by step.
I discovered a lot of things and hope to have more experiences myself and use this path because the locals need it and we need it and we can play on our own. – Carole L. participant in the test class, physical education teacher.
“It was a new challenge for all of us. Besides carpenters, many participants had no or some experience working with tools and wood. More than learning how to build a table together, they also learned to trust and empower each other during the course: an inner triumph for me was to watch the evolution of the general group dynamics but also of each participant. , especially women, self-confidence and acceptance. Julia Tappendorf, ITTF Foundation Global Programs and Operations Coordinator.
With a range of tables available in the current Tables 4 ALL manual, participants of different levels of building and carpentry experience can be sure to find the one that suits them best. For those with no previous experience, building a ping pong table from scratch can be an opportunity not only to learn technical skills, but also personal skills.
“As humanity, we are social beings. We do well being alone, but we gain more when we are united. Even for the smallest task like building a table, you would be amazed at how the job can be done so quickly and perfectly when we work together and help each other. Sarah Hanffou, Ambassador of the ITTF Foundation and President of Ping Sans Frontières.
The first test course may be finished, but the Tables 4 ALL project has just started. With the valuable tips and feedback our team gathered in Ivory Coast, we will optimize the manual and course to provide future participants with better instructions for creating their own ping pong table.
“We can’t deploy right away, but the time has come for us to refine the future implementation of the project with the ITTF High Performance & Development, which includes training the trainers and preparing for the second training course. test, thus generating the best possible impact on social change for our field projects and ITTF member associations. Karine Teow, ITTF Foundation Programs Manager.
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