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Marcus McDonnell:  New ITTA Tutor

24 April 2014

Marcus McDonnell:  New ITTA Tutor

Coaching Director Arthur Brett joins all in Table Tennis Ireland in congratulating Marcus on his recent graduation from the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland (CDPI).

"I am thrilled to welcome Marcus as the latest ITTA tutor. He will bring a vast amount of experience to the role. I know he is an excellent communicator and has the highest knowledge in both the
Technical and Tactical aspects of the game and his ability to tutor this knowledge to all levels of coaching is second to none".

Coaching Ireland has been training National Governing Body (NGB) tutors for the past fifteen years as part of the CDPI and to date 1,644 tutors have graduated. 

Irish Sport is dependent in part on the quality of its coaching system and the coaches that it produces. Well trained, effective coaches play a key role in achieving sports policy objectives - the delivery of sport in participation, performance and excellence.

Michael McGeehin, Director of Coaching Ireland explained “Tutors are central to the coach education system, devising the coaching syllabi in their sports and delivering coach education courses. Beyond the more visible aspects of course design and presentation, tutors are expected to keep up-to-date, motivate and inspire the coaches they work with”.

Tutors graduated following long and demanding courses. These courses were delivered over five contact weekends followed by on-site tasks and facilitation within their own NGB Coach Education Programme. Many of the tutors have dedicated a life-time of committed service to their chosen sport and while nobody entered sport to become a tutor, most of these successful tutors have spent many years as participants, coaches and administrators in their sport.

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