Samoa badminton benefits from Shuttle Time programme

The Shuttle Time BWF Programme has benefits for some Pacific Games participating countries by giving the children the chance to play badminton  for life.

Communications Manager for Oceania Badminton, Tom Leonardo, the Shuttle time programme has helped pushed children around the Pacific to be more involved in the sport.

Team Samoa is among the different countries participating in badminton and is one of the countries that benefited directly from the programme.

Tomasi Peni said Shuttle Time has helped their team progress in badminton as there was a time when the sport ceased to be played in Samoa. 

He said their team's preparations and performance has improved after their training that was held in China, New Zealand and Australia – all sponsored and supported by the Shuttle Time programme.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, a Badminton Oceania IT delegate Julie Carrel, said it is fantastic to have badminton back in the Pacific Games.

"In the last two year, we have been working with Nynette who is the President of Team Samoa to get the badminton up and running," she said. "So we had been in the villages and into the schools. We've also worked with your national team who has both been to New Zealand, Australia and to China for training."

Shuttle Time allows 16-18 year-old school students to be given the opportunity to gain experience in badminton and sports leadership and provides the participating students with the knowledge and support required to deliver badminton lessons to other students.

According to a Shuttle Time report by Mr. Leonard, the programme can also provide easy access to the theoretical aspects of the programme.

The programme has been rolled out in close to 130 countries across the five continental regions. It offers international certification to trainee teaching students, while providing the knowledge and support required to deliver fun and progressive badminton lessons in a school environment.

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