Last week, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) hosted a charity coaching clinic with two homes for underprivileged children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Six volunteer coaches along with BWF staff provided a simple introduction to the sport to 74 children from Rumah Hope and Rumah Ozanam homes through the BWF Shuttle Time programme.
The initiative was held to coincide with the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and aimed at providing the children a fun experience of badminton.
BWF Development Director, Ian Wright, said the clinic supported the Federation’s core goal of giving every child the chance to play for life.
“April 6 is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and this is an activity that we thought we’d tie in as a contribution from badminton,” he said.
“Badminton provides a really simple introduction to sport, and because it can be played everywhere, indoors and outdoors, we see it as a great way to create fun activities for all children.”
During the day, the children were taught fundamental components of badminton and showcased their skills in a series of matches.
Ms Debra, Housemother of Rumah Ozanam, said: “The children had a lot of fun. Some of my girls already play badminton and now I expect all of them to go home and have more fun playing badminton.”
Mr Godwin, Caregiver at Rumah Hope, added: “Thank you to the BWF for their generous coaching and training of our children. The children are excited to play more and more badminton.”
The children also participated in the worldwide digital #WhiteCard campaign as part of BWF’s ongoing partnership with Peace and Sport.
The BWF renewed its support and commitment to Peace and Sport at a MoU signing in Bangkok last year.