The 35th edition of BEC Summer School 2016 is only a few days away. The participating coaches are representing 30 different European nations, and can with good reason look forward to a week fully scheduled with an instructive program.
Set at the same venue as the previous Summer School, Podčetrtek in Slovenia, the coaches will be making their arrival Saturday July 9 during the late afternoon. Which will lead to an opening joint dinner, followed by a brief introductory information session for all the participants. The following skilled and experienced staff will be working with the participant coaches and players: Tom Causer (IRL), Mike Woodward (ENG), Fran Dacal (ESP), Huaiwen Xu (GER), Helen Ward(ENG), Vlada Cheriavskaya (BLR), Jakob Toft (DEN), Robert Wetherell (ENG), and Jeroen van Dijk (BEC). They are responsible for the training of the players and education of the coaches.
All of the participants will be staying at the multipurpose sports hall Podčetrtek hosted with close assistance from the Slovenian Badminton Federation. The venue is spectacular for all kinds of indoor sports and other social events. It is a 3400 m2 multipurpose sports hall that can accommodate not only badminton, but also basketball, football, handball, volleyball, tennis, and squash as well.
The courses available for the coaches are the following: A Shuttle Time Teacher´s course and a BWF Level 1 Coach Education course. On account of this the schedule is divided into two sections; Monday will be exclusively for the Shuttle Time courses. Launched in 2012, Shuttle Time aims to help teachers and coaches develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to plan and deliver safe and fun badminton lessons to children and youth. The vision is to bring badminton to every child in the world.
After Monday’s dinner the introduction for the Level 1 course will commence and continue throughout the week only interrupted by the rest day. Like many of the previous years, the rest day falls on the fifth day of the Summer School. Included in Wednesday’s ‘rest day’-schedule is a trip to ‘Aqua Luna’, a water park, where all the participants can relax, hang out and recover from practice and courses. And to help spark some additional enthusiasm and team spirit, the traditional football match ‘Coaches vs. Players’ will be held subsequent to dinner.
During the Level 1 courses, the coaches will be divided into two groups: G1 and G2. As it appears in the schedule these two groups can take turns in being taught by the staff and teaching the players. In this matter, the course combines a theoretic approach followed by a practical, physical opportunity to try what was just taught. In the schedule it is named ‘delivery’, as the staff will be assisting the coaches during the sessions to observe how they deliver the exercises.
Friday’s scheduled ‘delivery’ is the coaches’ final possibility to showcase their worth, and after the lunch break they will receive an individual feedback. So forth the coaches pass the courses they will be certificated as Shuttle Time Teachers and BWF Level 1 Coaches.
A Sport for Life
The main objective of development events like the BEC Summer School, is amongst many, for badminton to evolve. We wish to provide a forum for networking between upcoming international coaches, which will ensure the future of Badminton in Europe. Badminton is an Olympic and global sport practiced at all levels, it is social; girls-boys-men-women compete together, and it is accessible for all ages and abilities – a sport for life.