The Shuttle Time programme is an initiative 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).

Mumbai : Over 30 Physical Education teachers and badminton coaches from various schools and badminton academies from the city participated in the three-day Shuttle Time India programme, orgainsed by the Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) in collaboration with Badminton Association of India (BAI) at the NSCI Club, Worli on Tuesday.

Ian Gil of Philippines, Trainer from Badminton World Federation, is conducting the programme and was updating the teachers and coaches with all the latest basic coaching methods for beginners. He was seen teaching the simple warm-up routines, and other training drills and emphasized on fun programs which would make the kids enjoy the sessions.

Catching up with media persons at the break, Gil said “Shuttle Time is a badminton school programme specially designed for teachers where we aim that the teachers can plan and delivery fun and safe badminton lessons to the children,”

BAI President, Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, was of the opinion that this would help the sports grow in the country. ” 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,” he said.

Meanwhile, Supriya Devgun, Shuttle Time – Maharashtra State Coordinator, said: “By this programme, we are popularizing the sports by training teachers who are not equipped.”

Aparna Popat, a nine-time National women’s singles champion, said: “We have long been talking about how we need to tap into the grassroots and just get into individual schools. The BWF has done a great job to put such a programme together.”

Arun Lakhani, President, Maharashtra Badminton Association said, “Badminton is second most followed sports and this approach of providing equipment’s and training at school level will have a humongous effect in tapping talent across the country.”

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