MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) in their efforts to take badminton to school children will be implementing the Shuttle Time India programme, in Mumbai (February 21-23) and Pune (February 25-27).
The Shuttle Time India programme, is an initiative of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), which would help local amateur coaches, school trainers and Physical Education (PE) teachers to improve their coaching skills and get certified from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
The chief objective of this 3-day programme, is that the participants will be provided valuable insights and techniques by BWF recognized coaches along with teacher's manual, lesson plans and a range of instructional video clips. This would certainly help to impart the basic training to school children and provide with the correct techniques on the finer points of the game.
"Shuttle Time India is a Badminton World Federation's school badminton program and organised by Badminton Association of India in India. The program aims to help existing school teachers and coaches develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to plan and deliver safe and fun badminton lessons to children. It will give every child a chance to play badminton, Said Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President BAI.
The badminton exercises and activities during Shuttle Time programme will cater to children from 5 -15 years of age. Shuttle Time provides an introduction to badminton for life.
Speaking on the ocassion Ms Supriya Devgun, Shuttle Time India, state coordinator - Maharashtra said: "This is a path breaking initiative by the Badminton Association of India to ensure that every child in India has an opportunity to learn the game. Heartiest congratulations to the President of Badminton Association of India, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta for the same. The larger framework and curriculum is being provided by Badminton World Federation and Badminton Asia and the delivery across the state by Maharashtra Badminton Association.
"Yonex has very kindly provided the equipment and NSCI the venue. I have no doubt that this programme will be a resounding success and will create pathways in India to grow the game. Champions will emerge as a by product of this programme.
"The success of our players at the Olympics and at major International events has ensured that badminton is both popular and is widely followed across India."
"The BWF will provide the teaching/training resources, supplementary support material and provide funding for pilot projects for national/regional implementation of Shuttle Time."