Badminton Academy Serves With Focus On Talent Development – Guyana Newsroom
By Avenash Ramzan
The Badminton racquet sport has started its academy program which is facilitated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The Historic Academy officially served Monday afternoon at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, with Sports Minister Charles Ramson Jr. handing over the charge to the Association and the players.
“So what you will see in the future is that there will be dedicated badminton moments every day. Every day, six days a week, you will be able to come play and train in a program that will help you advance your talent to the level you want to reach, ”Ramson Jr. told the rally.
“So that’s the purpose of the Sport Academy. It is that vehicle to lead you to become the best sports player for your respective sport that you can become. We are now doing it for 12 different sports.
The National Sports Academy’s program was unveiled in 2021 as part of a strategic initiative by the ministry to take the disciplines identified in this initial phase to another level through long-term government investments.
Badminton became the third discipline to launch its Academy program.
The Minister hailed the start of the Academy as “historic” for the sport, which will serve to transform badminton in the years to come.
He compared the Academy to the functions of the school system, where there is progression from kindergarten, primary, secondary to higher.
“Likewise, the Sport Academy is built on a nursery. The second pillar is tournaments, then the third is your elite academy, ”Ramson Jr.
The minister added that there will be strict oversight on the part of the ministry to ensure compliance with what is outlined in the Academy’s curriculum, as well as to get an idea of what might be needed to enable a new expansion in the future.
Sports Director Steve Ninvalle, endorsing what the Minister said, added that the start of the Academy is the realization of words put into action.
“The nursery is one of the most important components of sports disciplines; this is where we can shape, guide and nurture you, ”said Ninvalle.
“We kept our word that it would not be a talk shop.”
Guyana Badminton Association vice-president Ayanna Watson said the Association was grateful to the ministry for seeing the need to introduce such an initiative.
Association secretary Emelia Ramdhani echoed similar sentiments, noting that sessions in the coming weeks would be held at the Queen’s College auditorium and the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.
The coaches are national players Aliki Haynes and Jonathon Mangra.
The Academy’s program kicked off in mid-December with a focus on squash and volleyball.
The Academy will initially target the 12 main sports namely cricket, soccer, track and field, basketball, table tennis, swimming, hockey, squash, rugby, volleyball, tennis and badminton.