The Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG) with the support of the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA), Badminton World Federation (BWF), Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Sports Authority and the Ghana Education Service have officially launched the Shuttle Time program in Accra on Monday.
The idea of the program is to make the sports popular in the country, the course also aims at helping teachers and coaches develop the skills, knowledge and confidence, to plan and deliver safe badminton lessons to school children between the ages of 5-15 years.
The training course which will run till Friday 4th April, 2014 will equip tutors with the necessary resources and knowledge to teach badminton in schools and implement the shuttle time program across the country.
Shuttle Time is an innovative schools badminton program which came into existence in 2011 by the Badminton World Federation with the vision of making badminton one of the World’s popular schools sport.
A five day training course has been opened at the Rlg-Hathramani Sports Hall, Accra Sports Stadium.
Participants of the training course with stakeholders
The colourful launch saw the presence of leading stakeholders of sports in the country; Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Madam Alice Attipoe, Erasmus Adorkor, Deputy Director-General, President of Badminton Association of Ghana, Mr Nestor Galley, Mr. B.A Annan National P.E Coordinator, GES, Mr. Annirao Dajee, Development Officer of the BCA and other Executive Members of the Badminton Association.
The ongoing training has a total of twenty participants mainly including teachers from public and private junior and senior high schools in the Greater Accra.
Nestor Galley, President of BAG said, “Ghana is the only selected country in West and Central Africa by the BWF and BCA to benefit from this program after an officer from the BCA, Raj Gaya held consultative meetings with several stakeholders (Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Sports Authority, Ghana Olympic Committee and Ghana Education Service) last July in Accra”.
“To effectively commence the implementation of the shuttle time program, the Badminton World Federation has donated equipment to Badminton Ghana comprising 500 rackets, 60 Dozens shuttlecocks and 20 nets”, Mr. Galley added.
Mr Annirao Dajee BCA Development Officer who is handling the training course presented the equipment’s on behalf of BWF. He expressed delight with the countries commitment to the sport and encouraged the expect use of the equipment’s for the attainment of its intended purpose.
He also expressed satisfaction and enthusiasm at the attendance of tutors and teachers and admonished them to transfer the knowledge to the kids and schools to popularize the sport.
Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Madam Alice Attipoe, who received the equipment on behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, was very elated at the eventual launch and affirmed Government’s support to the program and pledged her outfit’s eagerness to sustain the Shuttle Time to spread across the country.
Mr. Erasmus Adorkor, Deputy Director General (Technical) of the Sports Authority praised the Badminton Association for their commitment in ensuring that, the sport is developed and popularized throughout the country.
He entreated the participants to be punctual at the training course with passion and dedication. He further challenged them to churn out budding talents from their respective schools who would be able to compete for the country on the international level in future.
Adorkor made a passionate appeal to the Ghana Education Service to inculcate Badminton into their Physical Education curriculum. This he believes would enable the kids to sustain their interest in the sport.
Mr. B.A Annan, National Physical Education Coordinator of the GES disclosed that, his department would ensure the Shuttle Time program is implemented successfully across the country in various schools.
He said, “The program has come at the opportune time when the Education service is seeking to expand its Physical Education activities”.