Parents play their part in latest Big Hit Festivals

Tuesday 20 September 2016

BADMINTONscotland’s Big Hit Festivals, aimed at getting more and more schoolchildren playing badminton, has scored two more successes in central Scotland.

Last Friday 140 children took part in a Big Hit Festival at Bridge of Allan and two days later 50 more enjoyed the session at the Dunblane Centre.

The Big Hit Festivals are a significant part of the legacy programme as BADMINTONscotland continues the countdown to hosting the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena next August.

Both these latest Festivals included something new - alongside the sessions for the children, BADMINTONscotland offered a career-long professional learning (CLPL) training course to adults, including the teachers and parents who were accompanying the children and would otherwise just be watching the youngsters being put through their paces.

They were offered the opportunity to take part in a parallel training session on how to plan and deliver the activities for the children.

The courses give the adults the opportunity to analyse the children’s participation with a particular focus on aspects such as activity levels, safety, learning and teamwork, with local parents, students, club members and young sport leaders all benefitting from the sessions in Bridge of Allan and Dunblane.

The reaction to the CLPL training produced positive feedback with one candidate saying it was “Good integration of information and demonstration in class and on court" while another commented: “It was helpful and a good use of time if you have children at the festival.”

The Festivals are aimed at increasing participation among schoolchildren in the countdown to the World Championships.

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland said: “We know from previous experience how popular these events are in Scotland.

“The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 is the biggest event in world badminton but just as important as the event itself is the legacy it will leave.

“We set a lot of store by our existing Play Badminton Festivals and the new Big Hit programme will be invaluable in helping us to encourage more schoolchildren throughout Scotland to play a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

“Our target is to get a further 22,000 schoolchildren playing badminton in the coming months. Increasing participation will be the perfect World Championships legacy and the additional element of offering training to parents and teachers who are accompanying the children is an innovation we are especially proud of.”

The next Big Hit Festival is on Sunday 25 September at Alva Academy. To book a place, phone 01259 213131 or click here for further information.

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 (August 21-27) is being delivered in partnership between BADMINTONscotland, Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and UK Sport.

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