(Photo: Bulgarian Badminton Federation)
Regional Projects: a great way of exchanging knowledge across countries
Date: 8/10/2022 11:28 AM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez & Tommi Saksa (BEC)
Last month, Bulgaria delivered two Regional Projects – an U19 training camp and a training camp for seniors. 
The BEC Regional Projects consist of at least three Members planning, delivering, and reporting projects together which could be, for example, a training camp for different age groups, an Air Badminton activity, or how to get more volunteers to work within badminton. 
Bulgaria hosted not one but two Regional Projects this summer — an U19 training camp and a training camp for seniors, with a total of over 40 participants in between them. 
Different cultures and languages with a shared love for badminton 
The U19 training camp took place 27 June to 3 July in Svilengrad, Bulgaria. There were participants from three different countries — Türkiye, North Macedonia, and the hosting member, Bulgaria. In total, 13 female and 12 male players took a part in the training camp along with four coaches. 
The players trained actively and had lessons on tactics. They had different sparring partners and a wide variety of situations on court, depending on the style of playing of the opponents, which made it an enriching experience.  
- We focused on tactical and practical exercises, and on game situations. We also put a little emphasis on physics. In general, everyone was happy; I think we did a good job, Bulgarian coach Ivan Rusev stated. 
Project organiser Miroslav Petrov, Bulgaria, also pointed out the fact of all the participants working altogether, coming from different backgrounds and speaking different languages, as a positive experience for everyone involved. 
- The camp was useful because we had different sparring sessions with Macedonian and Turkish players. The trainings were fruitful, the coaches gave each player the necessary attention, and they had prepared a separate program for each discipline, Bulgarian player Tsvetina Popivanova said. 
Preparing for the big event 
The second Regional Project, a training camp for senior players, took a place 2 July to 8 July in Stara Zagora. The target group were senior players who were preparing for the 2022 European Senior Championships which are currently taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 
- This camp was full of benefits and useful experiences. We shared with each other a lot of information for veteran players on physical preparation, recovery after training, nutrition during training and during competition, avoiding injuries, and tactical strategies. I had a lot of new sparring partners which I found to be extremely useful for me, Romanian player Alina Popa said. 
There were participants from three different countries — Bulgaria, Moldova, and Romania. A total of eight female and eight male senior players took a part in the training camp, along with three coaches. 
- We are glad that players from different countries attended the camp. This was organised with special measures of rehabilitation and recovery for the participants. The camp was successfully delivered without injuries and was held in a good atmosphere. It was a fruitful event for all, Bulgarian player Plamen Mihalev explained.
- I am returning home with plenty of new knowledge and healthier behaviours. I really hope to enjoy again something similar to this experience, and I am looking forward to participating in another programme like this, Popa added. 

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