Badminton Consultants Ship Shuttle Time Program to Develop Sport in North America

On 21 October, Particular Olympics coaches, volunteers, lecturers, and badminton specialists gathered in San Antonio, Texas to kick-off three days of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Shuttle Time program. Designed to help the educating of fulfilling, secure, and inclusive badminton actions, individuals took half in one in every of two workshops—Shuttle Time Tutor and Shuttle Time Instructor.

The workshops, organized in collaboration with the BWF, Particular Olympics Worldwide, and native hosts Particular Olympics Texas, included individuals from throughout North America, together with Texas, Arizona, and California, in addition to Caribbean international locations Aruba and Barbados.

The primary two days have been spent on the Shuttle Time Tutor workshop. The Tutor workshop qualifies individuals to ship the Shuttle Time Course to different coaches and volunteers, in order that they’ll ship Shuttle Time actions to athletes in quite a lot of settings.

17 people together smiling and posing for a group photo inside a gymnasium, surrounded by Badminton World Federation and Special Olympics banners and branding.

Coaches and volunteers spent 2 days collectively collaborating within the Shuttle Time Tutor Course.

“The BWF Shuttle Time Tutor course was intense and I’m so grateful for the expertise. Badminton is my ardour and I am unable to wait to share Shuttle Time with coaches and lecturers in Arizona. Now we have a really sturdy highschool Unified Badminton program statewide. As we contain extra coaches and equip them with the Shuttle Time curriculum, I count on this sport to develop exponentially. Our final objective is to see Badminton competitors on the USA Video games after which groups from Particular Olympics North America (SONA) to compete on the World Video games.”

Meg Bowman, Shuttle Time Tutor participant and Particular Olympics Arizona Badminton Coach

Day 3 was spent with native volunteers and lecturers, studying the fundamentals of badminton and abilities they should coach badminton to athletes with and with out mental disabilities, utilizing the Shuttle Time curriculum, which incorporates 22 free Lesson plans in 25 completely different languages.

11 people together posing, smiling and lifting up their arms, holding balloons for a group photo inside a gymnasium, surrounded by Badminton World Federation and Special Olympics banners and branding.

On the third day, coaches and volunteers took the 1-day Shuttle Time Lecturers course to assist enhance their teaching abilities.

The workshops are a part of a joint effort to proceed to develop the game in North America. Earlier this yr, as part of this effort, the game was included as an illustration sport on the 2022 USA Video games in Orlando, Florida. Athletes participated in AirBadminton contained in the athlete’s village via the period of the video games.

“Now we have seen super development of badminton globally via our partnership with Particular Olympics Worldwide. The SONA area is an space the place we want to develop badminton and workshops like this one are an vital a part of our technique to attain this goal. Our focus is on investing in individuals regionally and offering them with the coaching, assets, and gear to permit them to introduce badminton on the native and state stage. Our final objective is to see badminton as a extremely participated sport inside the Particular Olympics USA Video games, and along with our nationwide associate USA Badminton, we consider we will make this occur. I wish to thank Particular Olympics Texas for his or her wonderful hospitality and organisation of this workshop; and all of the individuals for his or her power, enthusiasm, and open minds.” – John Shearer, Head of Continental Improvement at Badminton World Federation.

Particular Olympics Texas hosted the workshop and is eager to sustainably develop the game and lead it’s continued growth throughout the nation. They want to add it to their upcoming winter video games in February.

A man stands in the front of a room beside a screen, while individuals seated at a L-shape table look at him and the screen of information in front of them.

A part of the times was spent within the classroom studying idea and different information to finest equip badminton coaches for being their highest.

“It was an honor to host the Shuttle Time Coaching in Texas. The chance to satisfy and listen to from coaches throughout the globe on learn how to implement, get extra curiosity, get competitors help and total, hear concerning the sport of badminton from different components of the world was extraordinarily helpful to not solely the coaches who have been educated, however the workers and volunteers who will assist develop the game inside Texas. We stay up for future alternatives for our athletes worldwide within the sport of badminton.” – Chad Eason, Particular Olympics Texas, Senior Director, Video games & Competitors

Badminton can have its largest presence ever at a Particular Olympics World Video games this June on the 2023 World Video games in Berlin, Germany, with over 200 athletes competing from over 60 international locations.