BAI to conduct First Grassroots Coaches Development Programme


The Badminton Association of India(BAI) is all set to pioneer an initiative to redefine the future of Badminton in the country. The BAI, in a strategic collaboration with REC Limited and the Sports Authority of India (SAI), is rolling out its inaugural Coaches Development Programme (Grassroot Level) in March 2024.

This brave move is taken up by BAI as part of its ‘endeavor to bring uniformity in grassroots coaching and develop a strong assembly line of potential stars’. This program also aims to sculpt a new generation of badminton coaches, equipped with the skills and knowledge to nurture grassroots talents across the nation.

BAI’s move to empower aspiring coaches

The 11-day program will be a workshop model which has its focuses on the skill and knowledge enhancement of the participants around the essentials of grassroots badminton coaching.

By hosting the event across four esteemed venues – the National Centre of Excellence, Guwahati; Raipur; Prakash Padukone Academy, Bengaluru; and Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad – BAI ensures a wide-reaching impact.

At the announcement of this maiden initiative, BAI secretary Sanjay Mishra said, “Indian badminton is on the rise and BAI has taken many steps to identify and nurture talent across the country. Grassroots level coaches play an important role in this process and the Coaches Development Program is aimed at empowering such beginner-level former players and coaches who understand the game but do not have all the experience of being a professional coach.”

More than 100 participants, aged between 25-45 years and who have previously represented their state at national or zonal levels, are expected to dive into an immersive training experience. The curriculum is designed not just to impart techniques but also to instill a deep understanding of the sport’s nuances at the grassroots level.

Participants who will be clearing the assessment with an ‘A’ grade at the end of 10 days will be eligible to appear for the BAI Level 1 certification exam for coaching on the final day of the program.

As the program gears up for its grand launch in March 2024, the anticipation among the badminton community is palpable. This initiative, a blend of education, certification, and vision, heralds a new era for badminton in India. With the right mix of talent, training, and tenacity, the Coaches Development Programme is poised to transform the landscape of badminton coaching in India

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