Great start to event

Future badminton stars: A group photo of the participants and the coaches.

Kem Badminton Astro(KBA) concluded its first try-out session in 2015 over the weekend to great success.

More than 350 children aged between 10 and 12 years attended the two-day try-out sessions last weekend at the Dewan Badminton PBA, Georgetown, Penang.

The try-out session in Penang was the first of a series of several try-out sessions scheduled for this year.

Kem Badminton Astro’s next try-out session will be at Dewan Persatuan Badminton Larkin, Johor Baru from 9am on May 22. This will be followed by sessions in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Aug 8), Kuching (Aug 15) and in Kuala Lumpur (Aug 22).

Kem Badminton Astro head coach Wong Choong Hann said, “I was encouraged by the talent and determination of the children and we are looking forward to seeing what is in store for us in Johor next.”

Talented participants stand a chance to be selected for an Intensive Advanced Training in Japan, thanks to the partnershipbetween AstroKasih, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Astro and Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) recently. The three-year strategic partnership provides training for Kem Badminton Astro shuttlersfor two weeks at the National Training Centre, Tokyo, Japan from Nov 21 until Dec 2 this year by a team of Japan National Coaches.

Prior to that, 60 participants will first be shortlisted to undergo a one-week intensive training programme in Kuala Lumpur conducted by former national badminton champions Wong Choong Hann, Lee Wan Wah, Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming.

Astro is committed to the development of Malaysian athletes. Badminton is a popular sport among Malaysians, and Astro, leveraging on its various platforms, is pleased toplay a role in raising the standards of badminton amongst Malaysians to an international level.

Launched in 2012, KBA is collaboration between AstroKasih, the Education Ministry, Youth & Sports Ministry, Badminton Association Malaysia (BAM) and the Nippon Badminton Association, Japan.

The project aims to identify and nurture talented children aged between 10 and 12 years to become badminton prodigies through comprehensive badminton training programmes.

This marks the fourth year 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 2012.

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