THE ARA Golden Eagle Badminton Club have lined up a series of competitions for their trainees.
Club president V. Silvaraja made the announcement at their annual dinner in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Silvaraja, a qualified umpire and coach, said they felt it was important for trainees to be exposed to a competitive atmosphere.
“We have some ambitious plans but our priority is to groom our trainees for high-level competitions. We would like to see them gaining exposure and fighting for honours in age group competitions, including national and open age groups competions,’’ he said.
The ARA Golden Eagle Badminton Club was formed in 2014. Registered with the Sports Commissioner’s office, the club started with about 15 trainees.
Today, there are almost 60 trainees, aged from 10 to 15, training at Selayang Mall Sports Complex on weekends. The Elite players are invited for intensive training sessions on weekdays.
Besides Silvaraja, three other coaches – M. Annamalai, A. Guhan and A. Sundramoorthy – are involved in the development programmes. The trainees, being students, will be representing their respective schools in either the district or zone age group championships in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Impressive players will be selected to play for their district or zones in the Selangor Schools Sports Council (MSSS) or Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSKL) champion ships.
Silvaraja said they would be pleased to see the young talents representing Selangor or Kuala Lumpur in the Malaysian Schools Sport Council (MSSM) tournaments.
“Last year, we had several trainees in action in the MSSM championships as well as the junior circuit.
“The most impressive player was P. Letshanaa. She has shown tremendous progress and was winner in most of the championships she took part,” he said.
Letshanna, representing Selangor, was the champion in the girls’ Under-12 singles in the MSSM championships, National Junior circuit GP finals as well as National Under-12 championships.
For her outstanding performance, the club rewarded Letshanna with RM1,500. It also presented souvenirs to their trainees who had progressed last year.
The club will kick off the season with a youth badminton tournament at the Selayang Mall Sports Complex on March 18 to 20.
There will be four age groups – Under-10, Under-12, Under -15 and Under-18- for both boys and girls in singles and doubles.
Silvaraja said they were expecting 32 entries for each category and prizes, including cash, would be given to the top four winners.
“The tournament will be an excellent platform for young badminton players to gauge their progress,’’ he added.
There will also be an internal competition for the club’s trainees in November as well as a veterans’ championship for coaches, parents and officials.
The club will also be represented in competitions organised by clubs in Rawang, Desa Petaling Ayer Keroh and Penang.
Silvaraja said the club would take the responsibility to finance their members’ entry fee and lodging for the tournaments.
“Our long-term vision is to have our own training facility. With the support from members and well-wishers, we are confident of achieving it,’’ said Silvaraja.
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