PACIFIC SPORTS PARTNERSHIP

Badminton Oceania is supported through the Australian Aid funded Pacific Sport Partnerships (PSP) to build the capacity of Badminton Federations in the Pacific to conduct quality sport for development programmes. The programme is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Badminton Australia and Badminton Oceania have been successful in applications since 2013 where the funding was used to build the capacity of badminton federations in Tonga and Kiribati to conduct quality sport for development programmes.

In the current phase, 2018-19, PSP and badminton funding has been granted for programmes in Tonga and Papua New Guinea with a goal to develop healthier and more inclusive communities through sport and objectives are to utilise the BWF Shuttle Time Schools Badminton Programme to:

  • Increase levels of regular participation of Pacific Islanders, including people with disability, in quality sport activities.
  • Improved health-related behaviours of Pacific Islanders which impact on NCD risk factors, focusing on increasing levels of physical activity.
  • Improved attitudes towards and increased inclusion of people with disability in Pacific communities

The $39 million PSP programme is Australia’s flagship sport for development program in the Pacific and is delivered through various partnerships between the Australian Government and Australian, regional and Pacific Island sports organisations. More specifically, the programme supports activities which address primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical inactivity, and address inequalities experienced by women, girls and people living with disability. Find out more information about the programme on the DFAT website.

CASE STUDIES

Budding journalist and sports commentator, Aaron Kearney, has ventured into Tonga to bring participant’s stories to life through fantastic news articles and pictures. Click on one of the articles below to see how the Pacific Sports Partnership is helping to bring joy to the islands through badminton: