“People living with an intellectual disability in South Africa are seldom given the opportunity to try new sports. The expert support we are receiving from Badminton SA and BWF means this is a sport we can confidently offer to our athletes.
“We are sure this will see the growth of the sport in South Africa and believe it will be beneficial for both parties.”
Badminton SA President Glen Brothers sees the cooperation as an important step towards making the sport accessible to all, a key strategic focus of BWF.
In March last year, BWF and SOI signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding to increase the growth, quality and frequency of badminton participation around the world. (link)
Badminton SA will leverage on the relationship by implementing its training and education within the Special Olympics South Africa workforce on a regional basis, utilising the BWF Shuttle Time Schools Programme.
The first four provinces to see the roll out of this initiative will be Gauteng, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Eastern Province.
Shuttle Time started in South Africa in 2012 and 35 courses – including Teacher, Tutor and Trainer – had been delivered to date. The country now has more than 560 certified Shuttle Time teachers.