Wisdom Kaunda, vice-president of the Zambia Table Tennis Association, second right, and Zambia NOC secretary general Boniface Kambikambi pictured at the strategic planning workshop ©NOCZ

National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) set up a three-day workshop for the Zambia Table Tennis Association (ZTTA) as part of its strategic planning for National Federations.

The workshop, which took place at Confucius Institute within the University of Zambia, was attended by NOCZ secretary general Boniface Kambikambi.

Workshop facilitator Mwembe Kaona provided expert guidance in fostering discussions aimed at shaping ZTTA's strategic plan - a requirement of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) from its members.

The session began with intensive discussions and idea-sharing, with participants dedicated to ensuring that the strategic plan aligns with ZTTA's goals and aspirations.

On the final day, five selected individuals consolidated the draft document.

With the NOCZ's support and the commitment of ZTTA, the strategic plan is set to play a pivotal role in the association's ambitions.

Zambia's NOC has helped its national table tennis federation create a vital strategic plan ©NOCZ
Zambia's NOC has helped its national table tennis federation create a vital strategic plan ©NOCZ

ZTTA vice-president Wisdom Kaunda noted that the federation was looking forward to having the strategic plan, emphasising its importance as an ITTF requirement.

"The strategic plan will give direction on goals to be achieved and how they will be achieved within a stipulated timeframe," Kaunda said.

"And it will also act as an evaluation tool at the end of the four years.

"Our hope is for the draft to be ready for presentation at the Annual General election."

The workshop drew participants from various regions including Kalumbila, Chama, Chambishi, Kabwe and Lusaka.

The participants represented a diverse spectrum of roles within the sport, including players, umpires, referees, and administrators.

"We had diverse ideas brought together and the best ideas accepted to be in the strategic plan," Kaunda added.

"The input by participants was great."