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BWF: Friendship Around the Shuttlecock

The Senegal Badminton Association held a badminton clinic in southern Senegal in which Special Olympics Sénégal and Special Olympics The Gambia athletes and coaches were invited and able to take part in. This is an excerpt from the BWF’s article:

The organisation of a Shuttle Time programme in southern Senegal involving multiple stakeholders and beneficiaries is expected to provide a boost to the sport in the region, which borders The Gambia.

Among the important aspects of this programme, held 25-28 January 2024, was the involvement of Special Olympics, and the presence of participants from neighbouring The Gambia.

As part of its plan to decentralise badminton, Senegal Badminton Association (FESBAD) organised the three-day activation in three regions of south Senegal—Kolda, Sedhiou and Ziguinchor. This was the first Shuttle Time training session in these regions since FESBAD was set up. Thirty teachers were trained by four Tutors. Inspection Academy officials from the Ministry of Education and school PE teachers from the Special Olympics enhanced the training.

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Special Olympics Participants

Out of the 30 teachers, three were teachers from Special Olympics who will be able to teach/coach badminton with Special Olympics athletes/students. FESBAD is in the process of signing an MOU with their Special Olympics counterparts.

This partnership was followed by an exhibition in front of around 50 young people.

Head to the BWF’s website to check out the rest of the article and take a look at more images from the event.

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