First BME Ladies & Girls taster session a huge hit in Newport

Posted by Lucie Gwilt at 01:04 on 28 April 2016


On Saturday the 23rd April 2016 the first of seven ladies and girls BME taster session was delivered in the YMCA in Newport. 12 ladies and girls attended the first session which was lead by Angela Stevens, our development officer as well as Zoe Stevens, one of our Level 1 coaches. The ladies and girls who attended the session were all new to badminton, and so the first session focussed on introducing the the rules of the game and teaching them basic skills. The ladies were set the task of playing and scoring their own doubles matches, whilst the young girls played 'blow the shuttle,' 'keep ups' and learnt 'serving over the net.' All of these activities form part of the BISI course delivered to primary schools. 


Shaman Miah, Development officer from Communities First and organiser of the initiative said: “It is great to have Badminton Wales’ support with this project. Having the help from the BW Development Officer and Coach is great, as it engages the ladies and girls and gives them the skills required to play.”

One player commented: “This first session was really good fun, and I’m extremely glad that the coach was here to teach us how to play. I cannot wait to play more next week now!”


On the 30th of April and 7th May, Phuong Nguyen will be attending to coach at the sessions. She is a coach from Newport Badminton Club and we are grateful to her for her support at these sessions. 

The sessions are open to residents of Newport and is funded by Newport City Council and Communities First. There are still plenty of spaces for the remaining sessions, so if you want to have fun learning to play badminton then please come along.

For any further information on the BME ladies and girls session or to book a place please contact Shajan Miah at