The Samoa Badminton Federation hosted the one-day Junior Tournament for 10-17 age groups at the Robert Louis Secondary School last week Saturday.
The aim of this series of tournaments is two-fold. Firstly to identify the students who will make up the team to participate in Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (A.I.M.S.) Games in New Zealand and secondly, grow participation, strengthen team culture and overall development of the badminton game in Samoa by actively engaging school age players.
Samoa Badminton will participate in the A.I.M.S. Games for the first time in September 2018.
A.I.M.S. Games is an annual sporting event held in Tauranga, New Zealand. The tournament is the biggest sporting event for 11-13 year olds in New Zealand.
Secondly, the adults will get a chance to practice their line umpiring together with the juniors as part of the build up for the PG2019.
Students that have been in the shuttle time programme since the revival of badminton in 2017 have impressed the Federation not only with their commitment but with the improvement in their play.
Hosting these tournaments for enthusiastic young players provides opportunities for the students to self-assess their progress and for S.B.F. to gauge overall performances and identify gaps.
“R.L.S. College is our first school partner and we look forward to doing similar in other colleges that have asked for similar arrangements. We assist with the courts and training and then hand over the equipment so they can continue with the Shuttle Time Programme,” says Nynette Sass, President of Samoa Badminton Federation in a statement.