Posted by Rob Short at 01:09 on 3 September 2014
Badminton Wales Development Officer, Laura Price, targeted a number of junior schools in Flintshire in order to encourage youngsters to come along to sessions and be introduced to our great game of badminton.
Funded by a Community Chest grant, the six x two hourly sessions were led by NEWBA Coaching Coordinator Luke Tanner, assisted by Laura and held at:-
Buckley Leisure Centre on Monday 21 July (see photo)
Saltney Leisure Centre on Monday 28 July
Mold Leisure Centre on Monday 4 August
Hope Leisure Centre on Monday 11 August
Deeside Leisure Centre on 18 August and
Holywell Leisure Centre on Tuesday 26 August
All the young players said how much they had enjoyed their first taste of badminton and they are going to be invited back to take part in a Talent Identification day at Hope Leisure Centre on Saturday 27 September 2014. Luke said “this was the first time we have targeted such young players and I found it such a rewarding experience seeing how much they enjoyed hitting a shuttle.” Laura commented that “Badminton Wales together with Flintshire County Council are committed to introducing pupils in schools to the sport of badminton and this is one of a number of initiatives that we will be undertaking in the near future.”
NEWBA is in the process of establishing a new Community Hub at Hawarden High School Sports Centre on Friday evenings and it is anticipated that many of those who have taken part in the sessions to date will be invited to join and then receive weekly coaching.
Mike Coppack - NEWBA Secretary