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CHK holds workshop in PE and sports science

The workshop participants.

(July 3) – More than 400 participants were given a rare exposure to the European method of teaching sports science by the College of Human Kinetics (CHK).

Conducted by CHK Department of Sports Science on June 12, participants to the “European Approaches in Teaching Physical Education and Sports Science” comprised physical education teachers, coaches, athletes, athletic directors, and students from Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The workshop aimed to impart the current European concepts, principles and theories in teaching physical education and sports science that may be applicable to local needs.

Dr. Miran Kondric, University Professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and the current Chairman of the International Table Tennis Federation led the workshop discussions. Kondric was the director of Slovenian Sports Office at the Ministry of Sports and Education from 1994 to 1998.

Tokic (middle, in blue shirt)
with the UP Table Tennis Varsity Team.

At the morning session, Kondric lectured on the new approaches to sports science. The discussion focused on developing teaching methodologies and strategies in selected sports, and appreciating the contributions of sports science in Physical Education Program.

The afternoon session was devoted to coaching and physical conditioning.

Both sessions were held at the School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR) Auditorium.

The clinic component of the workshop was held the UP CHK Gym. Three celebrated European table tennis players, namely Bojan Tokic, Helena Halas and Monika Molnar had a one-and-a-half hour training session with the UP Table Tennis Varsity Team.

Tokic is currently Slovenia’s number one table tennis player and number 43 in the world ranking. Halas is a former national table tennis player of Slovenia and currently a faculty member of University of Ljubljana teaching Economics. She also coaches table tennis clubs in Slovenia. Molnar is currently the number one table tennis player of Serbia.

Kondric with the children participants and their
table tennis rackets.

An exhibition game pitted Tokic with national table tennis players, Richard Gonzales and Rodel Valle. 

The workshop ended with the donation of table tennis equipment to children participants.

The European table tennis experts and athletes also paid a courtesy call on UPD Chancellor Saloma on June 14 to discuss possible academic collaboration on new approaches to sports science between UPD and the University of Ljubljna.— ACG

(Photos courtesy of Prof. Oscar Yoshihiro Santelices)