【Colombia】Badminton Coach, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers

Time Period
1st Jul., 2017 to 20th Sep., 2018
Quindio Province, Colombia
Sport/Programme Category
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 
Recipient Organisation
National Vocational Training Agency Quindio Regional Bureau
Number of Individual Beneficiaries
Approx. 500 people
The coach taught badminton in a physical education class to students who did not major in sports nor have ever played badminton. Classes are held once a week, and although the target ages of students vary, approximately 500 students were trained on practical skills.

In order to spread the appeal of badminton to non-sports students in a limited amount of time, the coach used PowerPoint to explain the rules of the game. At the beginning of the coach’s assignment, there were only a few rackets available, so the coach focused on activities that concentrated on touching and hitting the rackets rather than technical skills. As it is a new sport, the students were very interested in joining.

See below for the Japanese version.

Feedback from Local Contacts :

Comments from Mr. Carlos Vargas, the Physical education teacher at a local school:
Badminton is not yet a major sport in Latin America and many people do not know it. I believe that the lessons from experienced badminton players were a very good experience. We will continue to introduce badminton classes.

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