THE Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) ‘Train the Trainer Programme’ in badminton was recently held under the guidance of Coach Saiful Bachry from Indonesia, who is a representative of Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
He was chosen to train the existing badminton coaches for the SOBD athletes at Brunei Sports School in Berakas.
Twenty-five people attended the course, which aimed to train participants to become Special Olympics coaches in badminton. These coaches will train Special Olympics athletes and also future potential badminton coaches.
The Train The Trainer (TTT) programme was officiated by SOBD Vice Chairperson Lt Col (Rtd) Pg Hj Rambli bin Pg Hj Bunut, who in his speech noted, “Coaches are role models in the building of character. They assist in the development of the whole person and they give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.”
The practical session taught participants how to conduct warm-ups, how to play as well as introduction of basic techniques and rules. The coaches learnt about ‘Divisioning’ and Badminton Game System for Special Olympics. They were also told to plan and organise a mini tournament for the Special Olympics athletes.
Hj Mahrub bin Hj Murni awarded certificates to the participation, and expressed hopes the training taught them plenty, including how to develop badminton skills of our special needs athletes.
“This is just the beginning for all of you. I am very confident that SOBD will soon be able to organise the first Special Olympics National Badminton competition,” he added.
With this course, SOBD and Special Olympics International (SOI) hope to develop the Special Olympics Badminton Programme, giving Special Olympics Athletes the opportunity to compete and to give their families the gift, pride and accomplishment that comes with doing something well.
SOBD hopes to also introduce the badminton course to primary school teachers in Brunei.