May 12, 2022
BWF announced the winners of the inaugural Member Association Awards at the 10th BWF Members’ Forum on 06th May 2022.
In line with BWF’s mission to lead and inspire all badminton stakeholders, BWF launched four new awards designed to showcase excellence and promote best practice among the 198 Member Associations.
President Høyer said of the Member Association Awards concept: “The two years since early 2020 have been extraordinary and the impact on our Membership profound.
“There have been many inspiring stories of perseverance, of adapting practice to a rapidly changing world, and some innovative examples of how Members continued in new and different way during the pandemic and in a post-pandemic world.
“I’d like to congratulate all our winners and nominees of the Member Association Awards for their outstanding work.”
Winner: Benin Badminton Federation
Benin Badminton Federation’s use of BWF Membership Grant funds focused on strengthening and developing the structures of five of its regional associations to ensure stronger alignment and positioning of badminton nationally.
Winner: Saudi Badminton Federation
Saudi Badminton Federation’s strategic approach to developing participation opportunities and pathways led to the substantial investment of US$9.5 million in badminton nationally. Through the Shuttle Time programme, more than 76 sports clubs included badminton in their programmes, resulting in over 1000 players participating at the Saudi National Championships in 2021.
Winner: United Arab Emirates Badminton Federation
The UAE Badminton Federation’s long-standing collaboration with Special Olympics UAE has provided opportunities for people of determination in the UAE to experience positive sporting social experiences through badminton. This has seen the sport flourish in the region with the partnership expanding even further in 2021.
Winner: Badminton Australia
In 2021, Badminton Australia launched its new brand campaign aimed at uniting and connecting the badminton community while also growing awareness of badminton across the country.