The sport of badminton was first introduced to a few Port Moresby schools and communities in 2016. It is currently popular among the Asian community and nationals are only beginning to embrace this new sport. With the Badminton World Federation’s Shuttle Time program, it is now gaining a lot of interest and popularity.
A recent Shuttle Time teacher training course in Port Moresby saw 24 participants who underwent the three days training being certified to coach badminton in their schools and communities, making PNG the 121st country to implement the Shuttle Time Schools Programme.
The coaching clinic was facilitated through the Papua New Guinea Badminton Federation with assistance from Badminton Oceania. Both Chris McIvor, a Community Coach Developer and Ben Yu a player/coach from New Zealand were engaged by Badminton Oceania Confederation to assist Badminton PNG through a partnership with PNG Sports Foundation through the Pikinini Sports program and the Special Olympics of PNG (SOPNG).
“The idea is to train you not just as people but better coaches,” McIvor told the 24 participants.
Badminton is said to be the fastest racquet sport in the world which can easily be played by anyone or and is very inclusive.
The Shuttle Time learning resources are accessible to anyone who is interested in learning this sport. The beginners guide has approximately 22 lessons, with countless number of videos on the internet. Even, the Shuttle Time application on Google play store has all the information available for everyone.
A quick chat with an outspoken Mr Ikupu of Badihagwa Technical Secondary School found that he finds great interest in the sport.
“When I heard about this training, I told myself that I would learn as much as I could,” he said.
“I am now excited about this sport as I have been taught the basics of Badminton through this course.”
“Chris and Ben were wonderful. Everything they did was properly coordinated and the use of more visuals during their presentations really helped us,” he added.
“The lessons were clear and comprehensive.”
“Out of the 22 lessons in the shuttle time handbook, lesson 18 ‘smash/block defence’ is my favourite because I believe that is the pinnacle of the game,” he chuckles.
Mr Ikupu now aims to deliver his coaching skills to his school and is confident that they can be able to play the sport competitively.
The first 12 members that showed up on day one developed skills and basic knowledge of the sport and were recognized as tutors. The tutors then exhibited what they learnt to the second group of participants who were listed as teachers without the help of neither Chris nor Ben.
Together they combined their knowledge, skills and techniques and coached local school children who were invited to be part of the program.
Featured news on Papua New Guinea News
‘Badminton Saved My Life’
One episode illustrates the far-reaching impact of the project ‘Badminton for Everyone’, launched by Badminton Federation of Colombia in 2012 as part of its Shuttle Time implementation. A girl student, who earlier had suicidal tendencies, approached Shuttle Time Teacher Juan Esteban Vejarano
Serbia’s increasing interest in Shuttle Time
The Badminton Association of Sebia (BAS) held its third Shuttle Time education course in October at the National Badminton Centre in Belgrade. Over the weekend of 22-23 October, more than 30 teachers and sports workers from all over Serbia completed Shuttle Time education, which has been implemen
Shuttle Time Reaches New Bhutanese Region
Bhutan Badminton Federation (BBF) has been offering Shuttle Time Teacher Course consistently since 2012 to promote the sport. As a result, badminton has become well-liked in the country and many teachers have taken it up after Shuttle Time, which has equipped them with the skills to guide and enc
Memorable 2022 for badminton in Guam
Having earmarked 2022 as a big year for badminton development, the Guam National Badminton Federation (GNBF) delivered its third Shuttle Time Teachers Course in October. The goals for GNBF at the start of the year were: Strategic implementation of Shuttle Time with delivery of Tutor
Maun second Botswanan city to host Shuttle Time
The Botswana Badminton Association (BBA) rolled out only its second ever Shuttle Time Teachers Course – titled “Capacity Building for Primary School Teachers” – in the town of Maun over two days starting 20 August, following the success of the Francistown event in June last year. The cour