Level 1 Courses in Burundi: Olympic Solidarity Program.
In line with the BCA strategic plan to improve the capacity of our coaches by forming partnerships with our stakeholders such as the IOC, the BCA is encouraging our Member Associations to apply for IOC funding such as the Olympic Solidarity program created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to support National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their athletes in developing countries.
The program aims to provide financial and technical assistance to help NOCs develop their sports infrastructure, support their athletes and coaches, and promote the Olympic values in their countries.
Through this partnership, the Badminton Confederation of Africa aims to provide technical assistance, Logistical support and other resources to help Members Associations improve their coaching and athletes’ development programs.
As such Burundi Badminton Federation being beneficiary of the solidarity funding held the level 1 Coaching from the 27th February to March 08th, 2023, in Bujumbura, Burundi. This intensive training course brought together aspiring badminton coaches from across the country to learn new skills and strategies for coaching the next generation of talented players.
Led by experienced and knowledgeable instructor; Nonvidé Bernadin BOKPE, the training program covered a wide range of topics, including technical skills, game strategy, injury prevention, and player development. Participants were able to gain hands-on experience through practical coaching sessions and drills and had the opportunity to network with other coaches and experts in the field.
Fercule Niyonkuru : ” The program enhanced my philosophical aptitude…”
“Regarding my experience with the training program, I was able to acquire fundamental knowledge on leading a training session. The program enhanced my philosophical aptitude for training through introspection and imparted methods and procedures for conducting a training session.
About promoting the discipline, I intend to instruct others by demonstrating that it is a sport that provides enjoyment and carries a lower risk of injury. Furthermore, it can yield financial gain while also promoting the physical and mental well-being of the practitioner.”
Level 1 courses in badminton are introductory courses designed to provide beginners with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to play badminton. These courses typically cover basic techniques, footwork, rules of the game, and strategies for singles and doubles play. Participants in Level 1 courses can expect to learn proper grip and swing techniques, how to move around the court efficiently, and basic strategies for winning points.
“I have acquired skills that will enable me to train children and encourage them to improve their performance,” stated Nicolas Bikorimana.
“I would like to express my satisfaction regarding the training program I attended for 8 days. Thanks to this program, I have acquired skills that will enable me to train children and encourage them to improve their performance.
I am convinced that this training program will change the way we train children. Players were executing techniques without respecting the different phases of the strikes, but this program has added knowledge that will be beneficial for the federation. I believe that this training program will bring significant added value and have a positive impact on the quality of training provided to young players.”
Overall, the Level 1 coach training program was a tremendous success, with a total of ten participants, we are proud to underline that three of the participants were women, representing a successful 30% presence for women in this training course. We are thrilled to see the growth and development of badminton in Burundi. We look forward to see the positive impact that these new coaches will have on their players and communities, and we are excited to continue supporting the growth of badminton in the region.