TONGA First in world to trial Badminton Schools Project
Tonga has been selected within the Oceania Region as the pilot for the Badminton World Federation Shuttle Time School Badminton Project. This is a collaborate project between BWF (Badminton World Federation), Oceania Badminton, TNBA (Tonga National Badminton Federation), The Ministry of Education, Women’s Affairs and Culture’s Curriculum Development Unit and TASANOC. This week Oceania Badminton Regional Development Manager, Nadia Bleaken has been facilitating a teacher training workshop in the Shuttle Time project at the TASA office, in order to educate teachers in the basics of the sport of badminton so they can teach the children in their schools and church groups. The participants also received a package of racquets, shuttles, nets and court lines for the children in their classes to use so they can enjoy playing badminton.
The BWF aims to make badminton one of the world’s most popular sports in schools. Badminton is a great school sport for both boys and girls. It is suitable for children of all ages and levels of ability. It is a safe, fun, low impact sport for children.
Badminton activities in Shuttle Time develop all-round physical skills important for school age children including: eye hand coordination, catching and throwing, stability and balance, speed and agility – the ability to quickly change direction as well as jumping and landing skills.
For more information, please contact:
Mrs Pilimilose Feke
Coordinator for Movement and Fitness Subject
Curriculum Development Unit