Badminton targets training 2000 coaches

Author: Isaac Ashietey
Evans Yeaboah - President of Badminton Association of Ghana
Evans Yeaboah - President of Badminton Association of Ghana

The Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG) has rolled out an ambitious programme of building the capacity of about 2000 PE teachers and technical officials to help build and grow world class players.

To this effect, the association has commenced the training of participants and is hopeful when the four-year programme is finally rolled out more officials will help in their drive to develop the game nationwide.

This was contained in a roadmap document of the association which is due to commence this year with the objective stated as “such a policy is to increase the number of technical officials, groom more Badminton coaches and improve the basic facilities in schools for competition and enhanced learning”.

The programme has two phases, with the first being the “Shuttle time development PE teachers training course” and the other also named “Technical officials course and Licensing exams for the entire duration to produce good officials.”

The Shuttle time PE teacher course will have four sessions yearly to train 172 teachers quarterly in order to empower them to handle their schools sports and to help build the game at the grassroots level.

Building on the success of the course, the association intends to use the first set of trainees to start badminton training in schools and colleges as well as to commence a premier league competition in November 2020 to make the sports popular in the country.

Throwing more light on the programme to the Sports Sports, the President of BAG, Evans Yeboah, said his vision was to build the capacity of all the officials to help popularise the game.

“Although the four-year development is achievable, it involves huge capital investment but the association will try its best to find the needed money for the programme to materialise”, he stated.

"Inadequate number of coaches and technical officials in Ghana has been the bane of the sport, so the programme seeks to raise 2000 national coaches and increase the 13 BWF level 1 coaches to 41, as well as have 14 certified BWF Level 2 coaches’’.