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Wednesday September 4, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 5:56:40 PM
by rajes paul
KUALA LUMPUR: Give local coaches a break.
Former international A. Thanabalan feels that is what the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) need to do right now – set up a solid support system to upgrade and empower the current set of local coaches.
Instead of a major shake-up, he suggested that BAM should come out with their own workable training and coaching structure.
“We do not have to follow anyone or copy any other models. We are unique in our own way,” said Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) development manager Thanabalan.
He certainly has the credentials to back his views, having been a national shuttler in 1997 and had the experience of working as the national head coach in New Zealand for 7½ years.
“Malaysia has many high calibre technical coaches who are experts in their own fields. We should focus on what they are capable of doing rather than making them do things which they can’t. It’s difficult to teach an old dog new tricks,” he said.
“The BAM can provide sports science experts, solid coaching courses and appoint managers or high performance directors to assist in planning and writing reports and assessing the players. We should not drop a coach because he does not write an ‘A-class’ report – what’s important is whether he is giving his ‘A’ best on court for the players.
Coaches alone cannot transform the players into world-beaters but there should be shared responsibility from other stakeholders too.
“Our players should be educated in terms of how to plan their own tournament calendar, training and competition schedules and plan according to the budget given.
“This will teach them to be accountable for their own future.
“Coaches and other experts can look through their plans and assist them.
“It’s also good for all parties to document their plans and actions as the record-keeping will be useful for future reference.”
Thanabalan hoped that BAM would not solely focus on players and coaches at the elite level but at the grassroots level as well.
“BAM should take proactive steps to guide the states and private academies to focus on development work and be connected with them. This will save BAM the time and resources as they will have active groups under them to do the development work. It will speed up the growth of the game,” he explained.
“I hope BAM (under the administration of new president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff) will not change for the sake of changing but make changes in the relevant sectors.”
Tengku Mahaleel will unveil his plans for BAM when he chairs his first council meeting on Saturday.
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