In the last 12-month period since April 2017, the BWF-UN Badminton For All Project had undertaken the work to support the nine African countries such as Benin, Ethiopia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe with developing badminton activities in the countries through the Shuttle Time Programme. This included assisting in their project planning, administration and reporting.
The outcome of the project was positive with more than 45 tutor and 1,111 teachers trained alongside with more than 60,584 pupils participated which includes pupils with disabilities. This initiative had represent the BWF and our vision of badminton as a global and inclusive sport for all. Thank you for all the support from the Republic of Korea, the United Nations, Badminton Confederation of Africa and the nine participated Member Federations from Benin, Ethiopia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe for making this project successful.
“The Badminton for All Project has provided support to nine developing countries from the African region. The project has empowered these nine countries, with the resources, equipment and training needed to engage children with physical and intellectual disabilities in sport, through badminton. I would like to thank the Republic of Korea and the United Nations for their financial support and for their confidence in the BWF to deliver a successful and sustainable project.” – Poul-Erik Høyer, BWF President
“BWF-UN Badminton for All Project provides a great opportunity for the inclusivity of disabled children in badminton.”– Geoffrey Shigoli, Secretary General of Badminton Kenya
“This project is a divine work; it is a proof of love that consolidates peace in the world.” – Honore Zolobe, President of Federation Ivorienne de Badminton
“Now l have found my sport.” – Tinotenda Jemwa, 9 years old pupil from Zimbabwe
“This project responds perfectly to our daily struggle to change the negative aspect of “normal” people living with an intellectual disability. Badminton fulfils this; integrates all children of all abilities.” – Mosso Kossi, Teacher & Coach of Special Olympics Togo