Time to head home but that is just the new beginning of the next journey for the para-badminton family in Europe. All the participants have been through a very packed para-badminton weekend in Veenendaal with on and off court sessions. Nevertheless it has been a great and extremely wonderful three days.
The majority of Day 2 was spent in the badminton hall for practical sessions where participants had the chance to analyze the differences of the 6 Sport Classes, train on wheelchairs and discuss about the coaching methods and approaches when working with the para-badminton players. The evening ended with a networking session which was organized by the local organizers where participants mingled around and had the chance to get to know their colleagues better.
The final day started with a review and feedback session from our three presenters (Lyndon, Richard and Kaity) from the course and flashing back how Day 1 and Day 2 have been. Despite the long two days, all the participants were still hanging in there for the final push before heading home.
Goal settings and future steps were highlighted during the last session of the 1st BEC Para-Badminton Education Course. This task is important for all the present Member Associations as well as for Badminton Europe as this is the way to know how we move forward and proceed with the next steps after the course as a continent.
Quotes from the participants
´This course is great and interesting as I am a beginner in para-badminton and I learned a lot here. I want to bring this information home and share in my country,´ Olga Faill, coach from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
`I have spoken to a lot of the participants and it is really cool to see how the participants are enjoying their stay here having the opportunity to share and chat with para-badminton colleagues from all around Europe. To top it, the hotel here is amazing and I really had a wonderful stay here,´ Richard Morris, BEC presenter on how he felt the course has been.
´I feel that the course has picked up really fast and that the flow has been smooth although the arrival pick-up was slightly delayed. All in all, we are pleased and satisfied with the whole organization and we will definitely do it again given the chance next time,´ Rudi van Brienen, local organizer on the delivery of the education course.
The course ended at 12.00pm and participants headed home after their lunch. ´We would like to thank all the participants and local organizer for their commitment for making this education course a success. We look forward to organize more of such events and hope that our 52 Member Associations will continue to support such activities,´Zsuzsanna Kovacs, manager at Badminton Europe.
Photos of the 1st BEC Para-Badminton Education Course can be viewed here
Photo credit: Emile Nijs and Badminton Europe