Young badminton enthusiasts can now look forward to being trained in Japan with Kem Badminton Astro currently calling children to register for its try-outs.
This is made possible thanks to the recent partnership between Astro Kasih, the corporate social responsibility arm of Astro, and Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) for a three-year strategic partnership to provide training for Kem Badminton Astro shuttlers in Tokyo, Japan in Nov and Dec this year.
The try-out sessions will be held in May in Penang, Kota Baru and Johor Baru followed by Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Lumpur in August.
Sixty participants will be shortlisted to undergo one-week intensive training in Kuala Lumpur conducted by former national badminton players Wong Choong Hann, Lee Wan Wah, Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming.
The details of the try-out sessions and the registration deadline are as follows:
• May 9 at Dewan Badminton PBA, Penang (Closing date: May 6)
• May 15 at Dewan MSSK, Kota Baru, Kelantan (Closing date: May 12)
• May 22 at Dewan Persatuan Badminton Larkin, Johor Baru, Johor (Closing date: May 19)
• Aug 8 at Dewan Badminton Kompleks Sukan Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Closing date: Aug 5)
• Aug 15 at Arena Sukan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak (Closing date: Aug 12)
• Aug 22 at Kompleks MSN Jalan Raja Muda, Kuala Lumpur (Closing date: Aug 19)
The badminton training sessions will culminate in a two-week intensive advanced training at the Japan National Training Centre, Tokyo, Japan from Nov 21 until Dec 2 by the Japan National Coaches.
As a result of the partnership, the shuttlers can also look forward to a cultural exchange programme where the Japan Junior Team and selected participants of Kem Badminton Astro will be trained by the Malaysian badminton coaches in Kuala Lumpur in August this year.
As the nation’s leading media group, Astro is committed to the development of local sports and local athletes.
Badminton is a popular sport among Malaysians, and Astro, leveraging on its various platforms, is pleased to play a role in raising the standards of badminton among Malaysians to an international level.
Launched in 2012, KBA is a collaboration between Astro Kasih, the Education Ministry, Youth & Sports Ministry, Badminton Association Malaysia (BAM) and Nippon Badminton Association, Japan.
The project aims to identify and nurture talented children aged between 10 and12 years of age to becoming badminton prodigies through comprehensive badminton training programmes.
This marks the fourth year running since it began in 2012.
Kem Badminton Astro was initiated to encourage young Malaysians with aspirations to be the next world badminton champions to realise their dreams.
More than 4,300 children have participated in the Kem Badminton Astro since launch.
For details on registration, visit www.astrokasih.org/kembadminton.