Badminton Ghana seeks more support for 'Shuttle Time in Schools'

The Ghana Badminton Association has completed the first phase of its drive to introduce the sport in schools following the completion of its training programme for selected physical education teachers and coaches in the Greater Accra Region.

The initiative dubbed “Shuttle Time in Schools,” is an international programme being organised the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to popularize badminton the world over.

It was officially launched in 1st April, 2014 with the running of a programme for 15 Physical Education Teachers from the Greater Accra Region and five coaches at the RLG DG Hathramani Hall in Accra.

The five coaches have been trained as trainers-trainers and will be running the programme for the teachers in the others regions in due time.

BWF has provided badminton equipment made up of 500 rackets, 60 dozens (720) of shuttles, and 20 nets to be distributed to the teachers and coaches involved, who are subsequently supposed to use them to the benefit of their students.

Ghana’s badminton team in action at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The President of the Ghana Badminton Association, Nestor Gally commented about the initiative:”We’re looking for a major sponsor to help us acquire more equipment. We also expect that the Ghana Education Service will provide some budgetary support for the programme in schools,” he said.

“We’re also discussing with the National Sports College about the possibility of running it as one of their regular programme. We have the literature and syllabus and will make it available for the nation college.”

Nestor Gally added that the benefit of the “Shuttle Time in Schools” will be far reaching.

”It will get people interested in the sport and popularize it. It is also a means of catching them young for those interested.

It is a very good exercise to help the children develop the skills. It also helps them to concentrate. These qualities will help them perform better academically, apart from improving their physical well-being,” he concluded.