Badminton coaches in the Highlands picked up tips and advice from the very best at the weekend as BADMINTONscotland national coaches Tat Meng Wong and Diana Koleva dropped by for a day.
Taking place at Dingwall Leisure Centre, 18 coaches from Orkney, Western Isles, Highland and Moray signed up for Saturday’s session, eager for guidance as to how to prepare players at local level and to become a performance club.
Wong – Scotland’s head coach – delivered advice on basic techniques from both back and front court positions, as well as emphasising to coaches the importance of keeping techniques simple and easy to coach.
Koleva, junior high performance coach at BADMINTONscotland, reminded coaches of the importance of keeping training sessions fun and enjoyable for players, while both then delivered sessions to the Highland Badminton Group squad players in the afternoon.
The coaches continued to mentor and give feedback after each coaching session, with Koleva set to return to the Highlands to visit additional squad training sessions.
“Highland Badminton Group would like to thank BADMINTONscotland for making this visit happen and particularly Diana and Tat for taking the time and making the effort to come north to work with our coaches and players,” said Jane Grant, Highlands & Islands regional development officer.
“It means a great deal to our coaches and players to have this input from the national coaches.
“This connection has given us the opportunity to bring together so many of our coaches and ensure that we will be delivering the same message across the Highlands and Islands.”
BADMINTONscotland President, Ian Campbell, said "From a personal point of view, as some-one who grew up in the Black Isle just north of Inverness, I am thrilled that coaches in the Highlands are being afforded the opportunity to learn from our world class coaches. I hope this will act as an inspiration to these coaches and ultimately to all players from the Highlands to develop their skills and ultimately compete at the highest level.