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Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) conducted the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Coach Level 1 course from 27 January until 1 February at Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM), Bukit Kiara.

The BWF Coach Level 1 course is designed by the world badminton governing body as part of their linear Coach Education system that develops a deep insight into the complexities of coaching.

Helmed by former European champion and German player, Xu Huaiwen as Lead Instructor assisted by former Singapore international, Jiang Yanmei and Badminton Asia delegates; Thanabalan (Development Manager/Course Director) and Sambanthan (Course Instructor).

“All the participants are National coaches and former players, so the standard is really high and they do understand techniques and tactics. My focus is more on teaching them how to coach and organise their lessons more effectively. That was one of my issues when I started coaching as a beginner after my retirement. 

“A real pleasure to work with this group and pass on my knowledge. I hope they can carry on with this planning, goal-setting and follow the process on how they manage their exercise modules.

“I think if all the coaches keep on with what they are doing, this will benefit Malaysian badminton and increase the level of coaching nationwide. The country has a huge potential to become a powerhouse nation of the sport,” said Huaiwen.  

The six-day course was attended by a total of 20 participants consisting of National coaches and former National players which include Chin Ee Hui, Wong Pei Tty, Hafiz Hashim, Woon Khe Wei, Soong Fie Cho and Goh Yea Ching.