The two-day shuttle time programme organized by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria in conjunction with the Edo State Badminton Association ends today in Benin, Edo State.
According to Onome Obruthe, Chairman of the Edo State Badminton Association, the initiative is staged for Nigeria’s secondary schools physical education teachers and it is deliberately designed for the grassroots.
The indoor Sports Complex, Etete at Off Limits Road, Benin is the venue of the event with 25 secondary schools in Benin participating along with 25 P.E and games Masters and mistresses.
Obruthe noted that the training program is supported by BFN’s partner, Community Sport Educational Development (CSED) Initiative.
He said “The Shuttle Time Nigeria Project is a grassroots badminton project designed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to teach P.E. teachers and Games masters/ mistresses, the basic skills of badminton. The teachers would in turn discover and train the students in their various schools, imparting the knowledge and skills acquired to their students.
“Equipment which includes rackets, nets and shuttles are distributed to participating schools to ensure as well as encourage practical establishment of the game in the schools. These equipment are courtesy of the Community Sport Educational Development (CSED) Initiative.”
The Vice Chairman of the Edo Badminton Association, Mrs Amaka Onwuka, told our correspondent at the venue on Tuesday that the state’s badminton body would continue to stage quality events to take the game to another level.
“We are hoping to bring out future champions in the state and that is why we are starting with the trainers. So that they can impact basic modern knowledge in the game to the young ones under them,”Onwuka said.