Badminton coaches in the UAE attain level 1 status

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The successful coaches.

The participants were drawn from eleven both new and established clubs and academies in the region.

Those clubs that took part included; the Indian Club, PSA Academy, Deepika’s Badminton Academy, Walkahead Academy, NSNL Academy, Alex Badminton Academy, Pro Badminton Academy, Al Etihad Club Abu Dhabi and Madina Club Sharjah.

Over the course of five days at Dubai Sports World the group learnt the principles of coaching, performance and movement, skill acquisition, techniques and tactics, as well as lesson planning and delivery.

The course was held under the umbrella of Shuttle Time Dubai, which was implemented as part of the arrangement between the BWF and Dubai Sports Council that sees the World Superseries Finals held in Dubai each December from 2014-2017.

“We have run several coaching courses now and the demand for coach education is increasing as the badminton community sees the benefits of engaging accredited coaches,” said Jaffer Ebrahim, the BWF’s Dubai badminton development manager.

“The improvement in skills in both new and experienced players as a result of training accredited coaches is clear to see and we are delighted with the impact the training is having on the growth of badminton in the UAE.”

A BWF Coach Level 2 course is also scheduled to be held at Dubai Sports World from 6-11 August.

Another key component of the Shuttle Time Dubai program is to improve the skills of badminton technical officials and referees.

“It is vital for the growth of the sport that we improve the skills not only of the teachers and coaches but also the technical officials, so we will be holding an Umpires Course later in August. Upgrading the skills across the whole sport creates a firm professional footing for the future development of badminton in the UAE,” said Ebrahim.

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Vittinghus and Nehwal both win the Australian Open Badminton Superseries titles

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Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Saina Nehwal celebrate.

Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Saina Nehwal of India won the Australian Open Badminton Superseries titles in Sydney on Sunday. Vittinghus defeated South Korean Jeon Hyeok-Jin to win his first Superseries title.

The 30-year-old Dane, ranked 12, finished strongly to beat Jeon 21-16, 19-21, 21-11 in 71 minutes.

He became the first Dane to win a Superseries tournament in two years and took away a Aus$56,000 ($41,000) cheque as the winner.

In the women’s singles final, India’s former world No.1 Nehwal fought back from a game down to overhaul China’s Sun Yu. Nehwal, ranked eighth, showed her trademark fighting qualities to beat the 12th-ranked Sun, 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 in 71 minutes.

Vittinghus sunk to his knees on claiming the title after coming up short winning the Superseries Masters final to China’s Chen Long in Dubai in 2014.

Chen, the world No.2, was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on Friday.

Vittinghus led Denmark to victory in the fifth and final match of last month’s Thomas Cup in China, the first time a European nation has won the men’s teams cup competition. It was 26th-ranked Jeon’s first Superseries final and came a day before his 21st birthday.

Nehwal, 26, claimed her second Australian Open title, her 22nd career title and her first Superseries tournament since winning in India in March last year.

Nehwal’s retrieval game was outstanding as she wore down the tall 22-year-old Chinese to win on her second championship point in the third game.

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Shuttle Time Dubai heads back to DSW with two new courts

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Some young badminton players in action.

After high demand for court space last year, a further two courts have been added to the badminton section that runs until August 27 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

In addition to the complimentary courts, coach education courses for levels one and two will be held from 19-23 June and 7-11 August respectively, along with the One Badminton Challenge and Friday Smashers Tournaments in June and July.

The Shuttle Time Dubai Club Championships also returns to pit clubs from across the UAE against each other. The first round of the five-week event will be held on Monday 1 August, with subsequent rounds held each Friday, before the Club Championships winners are decided in the Grand Finals on Friday, August 26.

“Our participation in Dubai Sports World is intended to encourage more people to enjoy badminton and to provide the opportunity for them to participate free of charge. It complements our current community and school programmes and offers a great opportunity for new players to come and try badminton,” said Jaffer Ebrahim, Shuttle Time Dubai project co-ordinator.

“DSW is also a great opportunity to bring together the UAE badminton community, to strengthen the clubs by training coaches and teachers, and to give the more experienced players the chance to test their skills against other clubs in the UAE in the Shuttle Time Dubai Club Championships.

“We will also be giving participants the chance to win tickets to see the world’s leading players contest the highlight of the professional calendar – the Dubai World Superseries Finals which will be held in Dubai for the third time from December 12-18 2016.”

To book a badminton court at DSW, go to http://www.dubaisportsworld.ae/Pages/sports/RequestBooking

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