MALAYSIAN A. Thanabalan, currently the national coach of the New Zealand badminton squad, was one of the four instructors for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Level One Coach Education programme in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Giving pointers: Jivananthan Nair is one of the instructors.
The nine-day programme, a pilot project by Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC), was a follow-up to an introductory coaching course by BAC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) solidarity programme.
Englishman Mike Woodward headed the panel of instructors. Besides Thanabalan, the other instructors were M. Jivananthan Nair, who is also the BAC development officer, Andy Ardiansyah and M. Muhtasham.
The participants — Jaaffer Ibrahim, Morteza, Hussain, Alaa Heles, Prum Saravuth, Ismail, Ormanov Oaskar, Sorokina Veronika, Anil Kumar Lakhey, Rajani Maiya Joshi, Pavithra Abeysiri, Allan De Leon, Ian Gill Piancenaves and Nikhil Chandra Dhar — were from 11 countries
The participants were with their respective teams for the Malaysian Intenational Challenge in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah recently.
Thanabalan said he was pleased to be part of the team of instructors for the programme.
Drill training: Kazakhstan’s Sorokina Veronika (facing camera) and Cambodia’s Prum Saravuth going through a practical session.
"The BAC had invited me. I am glad to share my knowledge with the participants who had shown a lot of enthusiasm,’’ said Thanabalan.
Woodward said the programme was BWF’s efforts to upgrade the coaches in Asia.
"The programme covered all components associated with badminton. The participants had gone through the first level. This programme will give them an insight on taking their charges to the next level.
"The topics included physical training, technical, tactics, motivation and mental training. The participants were also briefed on how to draw up a training programme, managing groups and communication skills,’’ said Woodward.
On the final day of the programme, the participants had to attend a evaluation stint — theory and practical — as well provide a training plan.
For the future: Woodward (second from right) and Thanabalan (third from right) and the other instructors in discussion.
Woodward was happy with the participants’ commitment during the programme.
"They were prepared to help each other. Although some of them had language problem, they communicated with signs and demonstration. The feedback from the participants were also encouraging. We are confident they would be able to teach their students better and more efficiently,’’ said Woodward.