Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) will conduct coaching camps in five clubs in Mumbai from May 27 to June 7 under the banner 'Tata Capital Super Shuttlers'. This is to tap the badminton talent in the city in the age group of 8-12 years.
A maximum of 100 shuttlers will be given training at each of Bombay Gymkhana, CCI, NSCI, Juhu-Vile Parle Gymkhana and Khar Gymkhana.
Four boys and four girls from each club will be selected at the end of the camp and be made to play in a tournament at CCI on June 15-16.
The winner in boys singles and girls singles will then be given training at the PPBA in Bangalore, Prakash Padukone, founder and director of Bangalore-based PPBA said here on Monday.
Padukone said that experienced coach from Indonesia, Yusuf Jauhari, and coach Balachandran, who has been with the PPBA since 1995, will identify talent and conduct the camp in Mumbai over 10 days in the five clubs. "The presence of an Indonesian coach is very good. Jauhari is very good with the kids. He has over 25 years of experience coaching Indonesians in the 1980s and 1990s. He's very good in technique," Padukone said.
Padukone, the first from India to win the prestigious All England Championships in 1980, said that the kids in these clinics will learn the basics the right way. "It is very important to learn the basics the right way. The grip and footwork are two important techniques in badminton. Once you get into wrong fundamentals, it will be very difficult to correct them later on," Padukone said.
The idea behind this venture is to target children who have never played the sport, Padukone said. "Our coaches can judge by seeing one knock the shuttle for a few minutes to see if he/she has got the talent or not," he said. He added that this is a pilot project and hoped that it would extend to other clubs in the city and also to Thane and Navi Mumbai.
Padukone hoped that the clinic and the ensuing two-day tournament will provide a great impetus for future budding champions in the sport.
About Tata Capital Super Shuttlers:
When: May 27 to June 7
Timings: Morning 3 hours, evening 3 hours
How many: Entries limited to 100 per club
Clubs involved: Cricket Club of India (May 27-28), National Sports Club of India (May 29-30), Khar Gymkhana (May 31 and June 3), Juhu-Vile Parle Gymkhana (June 4-5) and Bombay Gymkhana (June 6-7)
Four boys and four girls from each club selected to play in a tournament at CCI on June 15-16
Winner in boys singles and girls singles will be given training in Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Bangalore