Coaching is the most challenging area when it comes to gender equity in badminton. However, a recent BWF Level 1…
Coach Education is a fundamental component of Badminton Oceania’s development programme and has a direct correlation with Player Development and the quality of player’s progressing from social badminton through to competing on the international stage. All of the coach education courses offered by Badminton Oceania and the Badminton World Federation (BWF) are all inclusive programmes and include disability modules targeted at working with able bodied and disabled athletes.
Badminton Oceania oversees the delivery of BWF Coach Education courses starting with the Badminton Teaching Certificate (Shuttle Time Teacher) through to the BWF Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching certificates.
In 2020, the BWF introduced an online component for the BWF Level 1 coach education course. This is openly available for any coach to undertake to upskill themselves and prepare to enter a face-to-face BWF Level 1 coach course. The online component does not lead to certification but is a great pre-course development tool for coaches to use to update their coaching skills and prepare for face to face courses in the future.
As part of coach development throughout the region, Badminton Oceania also supports programmes offered by Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP) that offer an introduction to general coaching principles.
Our target is to have at least 70% of our member countries equipped with BWF qualified coaches and these coaches linking with the country development programme to progress the level of players in the region. Additionally, all coach education courses have a minimum of 30% (with a target of 40%) of the underrepresented gender.