Pilot course kicks off today
Date: 3/31/2023 11:55 AM
Published by : Joana Trindade (BEC) & Tommi Saksa (BEC)
The RSL BEC Disability Coaching Workshop, Level 2 course started today in Toledo, Spain. In total, ten participants from Czech Republic, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, and Spain joined the workshop, which is being held for the first time ever in Europe. 

From today until Sunday 2 April, the group will work in pair and group dynamics, to succeed in the provided sessions. While in the Level 1 of the workshop coaches have more of an assistant role, this time around, the participants need to take on the role of the head coach and be able to plan and deliver sessions on an annual basis.

On the Level 2 of the Disability Coaching course, the experts in charge will make sure that the coaches learn key factors that help them provide plans, as well as deliver and review Para players’ training sessions.  


-John Shearer, BWF Head of Continental Development 

-Dina Abouzeid, Head Coach at the Just Badminton club

-Guillaume Gailly, Para badminton player and development officer  

-Ian Bridge, Badminton Oceania Disability consultant 

John Shearer, Head of Continental Development, shares: “I am very pleased to be in Toledo to pilot the new Disability Coaching Workshop - Level 2 with BEC and FESBA. As Para badminton continues to grow globally, we are seeing more coaches specialising in Para badminton coaching. It is important that BWF and the Continental Confederations support the development of these coaches". 

Regarding today’s schedule: “Today the coaches will be mainly focusing on the Wheelchair Sport classes and will be looking in detail at technical movement and hitting skills, tactics and physical development of athletes in this sport class”, adds Shearer, “We are fortunate to have many experienced coaches attending this pilot workshop and we are seeing lots of sharing of ideas and critical thinking”.  
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