Kids excited to learn to play badminton

Stilbaai Community Hall was filled on Saturday, February 19 with 16 prospective coaches and 20 energetic juniors who took the opportunity to learn more about badminton.
Mike Noone of Badminton South Africa together with Sean Noone presented the Badminton World Federation’s ShuttleTime program to the Eden Badminton Federation.
Sixteen coaches from Stilbaai, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay were introduced to the program. During this time, they were given the opportunity to learn how to use the available resources to present lessons to learners the ages of 5 and upwards.
The Shuttle Time program was launched in 2012 to promote badminton worldwide. Their goal is to make it the most popular sport in schools.”
Because badminton is played indoors by boys and girls, it is the perfect sport to offer in schools. During the interaction, children learn social skills. The way the rackets and shuttles are used promotes hand-eye coordination. When the learners start playing shots, strategic thinking and teamwork are two skills that are practiced. Increased learners’ fitness and on top of that it is great fun.
BSA is keen to introduce the program, which provides resources and training free of charge to schools and clubs, to as many institutions as possible. An event will be hosted by the Eden Badminton Federation again later this year.
Stilbaai Badminton Club is currently training 24 juniors through the 22-week Shuttle Time program so they can become full-fledged junior badminton players. 
Junior club players train twice a week and this year will also be offered the opportunity to play against other towns. For more information, contact the Eden Badminton Federation’s development officer, Kobus Ellis (082 922 9123).