• 70 Schools Selected As Badminton Development Centres

    Reporter: Dayyan Mikhail
    Published: Monday, 26 February 2018
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    ALOR STAR: Seventy schools nationwide have been identified as badminton development centres under the first ever Badminton Talent Development Programme spearheaded by the Education Ministry.

    The five-year programme, supported by national car maker, Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) is aimed at identifying and nurturing future badminton talents for the country.

    Education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said through the programme, young badminton talents would be trained at the selected schools nationwide.

    "The talent programme will focus on grooming school children aged 9 to 11, with the aim of cultivating the next generation of Malaysian shuttlers," he said after launching the programme today.

    Present were Perodua chief executive officer Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh and the ministry's sports division director Dr Mehander Singh a/l Nahar Singh.

    Mahdzir said each of the selected schools would have two coaches to train about 40 pupils.

    He added that the training programme would kick off next month and the children would be participating in district and state level competitions to be held between this August and September.

    "Winners from each state will take part in the national level championship in October," he said.

    He said Perodua had allocated between RM1.2 million and RM1.5 million annually for the programme, which includes training module, coaches allowance and to the organisation of competitions.

    Mahdzir said 10 of the centres will be opened in Sabah, nine in Sarawak, seven in Selangor and five each in Johor, Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak and Kedah.

    He added that three centres will be opened in Penang with Melaka, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Perlis having two centres each and one in Labuan.

    Meanwhile, during the same press conference, Mahdzir said the ministry has provided a guideline for schools to reduce the heavy school bag problem among students.

    He said the issue would take time to be resolved settle until all school adopt the digital teaching method.

    "The ministry has carried out random studies and concluded that many of the problems involved students of Chinese vernacular schools.

    "The average weight of a heavy school bag is about 7.3kg," he said.-NST


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