IOC/GOC Technical Course for Badminton Coaches Opens

Badminton course 1The Ghana Olympic Committee working through the Olympic Solidarity has opened an 8-day course for ten badminton coaches today at the Tema GHAPOHA Sports Complex.

The course, which is the first of its kind for badminton coaches in Ghana, forms part of the GOC’s commitment to supporting coach education and development in Ghana.

Participants will be thought the five module systems in badminton including technical, tactical, psychological, lifestyles, coaching and principles.

This is the third and final technical training course the GOC will be organising this year through Olympic Solidarity following the successful complexion of the courses for taekwondo and volleyball earlier in the year.

Speaking at the event, the III Vice President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Nestor Ghalley, who also doubles as the President of the Badminton Association of Ghana, said the importance of the course cannot be overemphasised.

“It is very significant because we only have one Level 1 Coach in the country who was trained in South Africa two years ago,” he told

“In the past, they have had some training, but PWM have come out with a more scientific approach to training and this gives you a license. So once you get it, you’re recognised worldwide.

“So, for the development of the game and development of the athletes, this is very important.

The Deputy Secretary General of the Ghana Olympic Committee Rev. Richmond Quarcoo said:

“What badminton has done is that they are not only training coaches but also licensing them so we can call them coaches.

“As part of our strategic plan, we are looking at how we can educate coaches. Once they have the technical know-how, they will transfer it to those down there.

“We’re not only looking at badminton, but all other federations.”

Badminton course 2The Course Instructor Annirao Dajee, who hails from Mauritius, linked problems faced at the top level of badminton in Africa to poor basic foundation, and added that the course will cover all aspects of badminton.

“This course covers the academic, technical, lifestyle, psychological and all aspects of the game. I noticed certain flaws in the technical abilities of players in Africa because they don’t have the right base.

"The first level is shuttle time, a school time which was launched in Ghana last year. Then we can get the best ones from the schools and from the knowledge you gain here, you can apply it to coach them.”

The course ends on Thursday, 15th October, 2015.