BFN In Partnership With CSED, Trains 18, PE Teachers, 52 Students On Badminton In Cross Rivers State
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By Amaechi Agbo
In continuation of its commitment of discovering and grooming coaches and athletes in the game at the grassroots level, the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) in partnership with the Cross River State Ministry of Education and the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Ogoja Zonal Office recently organised a two-day badminton outreach training for Physical and Health Education Teachers from 16 secondary schools.
The two-day training which commenced from 8th through 9th February 2024 had 18 Physical Education teachers joined by 52 secondary school students, as well as nineteen students/volunteer trainees from the Cameroonian refugees’ community that reside in Ogoja local government area.
The training event which was held at the premises of St. Catherine College, Igoli, Ogoja is aimed at taking the game of badminton to reach and underserved members of the community.
The training was powered by Community Sport and Educational Development (CSED) Initiative, as part of their two years’ grassroots badminton development agreement with the BFN.
The attendees at the training event were taught the basics and practical aspect of the game of badminton by Godswill Ifejika; who is a trained “Shuttle Time” instructor, as well as a Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) accredited umpire, and he was supported by Nwachukwu Igwe and Obianuju Eneh.
The BFN which is one of the most active sporting Federation that promotes grassroots sports development in Nigeria, decided to organise this particular event in order to use sport in promoting community integration and peaceful co-existence between the Cameroonian refugees in Adagom, and members of the Ogoja community.
At the end of the training event, basic badminton training equipment (rackets, shuttlecocks and nets) were freely distributed to the representatives of the secondary schools, as well as representative of the three Cameroonian refugee camps that are located in Ogoja local government area.
During an interview, a representative of the Cameroonian community in Ogoja, Ako Allan Agbor, thanked the event organisers, as he stated that taking part in sport helps to alleviate the trauma of the refugees and it will provide them with the opportunity to take part in an organised pro-social activity like badminton. However, Ako Allan Agbor re-echoed the yearnings of the other attendees for government agencies and NGOs to take capacity building programmes to marginalised groups and residents of rural areas in Nigeria.
A representative of the Cross River State Ministry of Education, Mr Francis Odey urged the P.E. Teachers, the students and members of the Cameroonian community to strive to put into good use the training that they have received from the BFN trainers.