Badminton coaching activity in schools

Monday, May 10, 2010, 12:04

Badminton Malta is committed to the promotion of this sport, with special attention being given to its development in local state and private schools.

It was within this context that four Badminton coaches recently attended the Sports Day organised by the Sir Adrian Dingli Girls’ Junior Lyceum, which is situated in Pembroke and which forms part of the St. Claire College.

These coaches were Norman Spiteri, Edmond Abela, Charles Cassar and Kenneth Vella.

Three courts were set up in the school gym so that the students which attended could all familiarise themselves with this sport.

On arrival, the students were given a brief historical overview about local and international Badminton. Then they watched an exhibition match played by the coaches.

After explaining the use of a racket to the students, the four coaches then taught them some basic badminton skills. At the end, the participants were also given the chance to try their hand at playing a short game.

In this way, it is estimated that about 150 students were introduced to this sport during the entire Sports Day. The feedback obtained was very positive as several students manifestly preferred Badminton to the many other sports available while the Sports Day was in progress.

Badminton Malta expressed its satisfaction at the positive outcome of this event. While thanking its coaches for their initiative as well as the school for the opportunity provided, the national association confirmed its intention to provide additional support to the school’s PE teachers in order to further develop the sport among their students.

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