Level 1 Advanced Up and Running

Posted by Rob Short at 10:08 on 20 August 2014

Coaching - BW Level 1 Advanced

The newly established Badminton Wales Level 1 Advanced certificate has been launched with Mid-Wales the first to host a successful course. The course comprises one day tutor delivery introducing UKCC L1 coaches to enhanced knowledge and understanding of Movement, Feeding and Progressing players followed by practice sessions and an assessment. 

Following the success of the course Catherine McCluskey, the course tutor, said:

‘The candidates were a pleasure to tutor with great enthusiasm and a love of the game. It is brilliant that we are now able to offer the UKCC L1 coaches the opportunity to develop their coaching through the BW L1A and gain insurance to deliver independently in Wales to a group for the first time.’  Catherine added that she has every confidence that this course will raise the bar of the standard of coaching delivery in Mid-Wales and looks forward to being part of the team to roll out the BW L1A across Wales.

On successfully achieving the BW L1A, coaches are able to gain insurance through Badminton Wales to deliver independently to groups of players within Wales. Catherine said “whilst working with a UKCC L2 coach is beneficial, it is always nice to have the confidence and knowledge to develop your own coaching practices and with the BW L1A this is now possible. Badminton Wales and the course tutors offer a mentor support service to all its coaches especially as in Wales, with its demographics, UKCC L2 and L3 coaches are not always present in the areas you will be working.“

Courses Candidates Comments:

“The L1 advanced course was well structured, informative and made me look closely at how I coach and play the game. I also felt it extended the skills aspect of the L1 going just that bit further on feeding, movement and coaching.”  (Terry Manwaring newly qualified BW L1A Coach).

‘I found the Level 1 Advanced course really useful, especially the feeding techniques and the key points on stroke patterns and footwork skills. I learnt an enormous amount which has made a real difference to how I coach our juniors at Brecon and had a brilliant day. Thank you :)’  (Tasha Tyler newly qualified BW L1A Coach).

Badminton Wales CEO Eddie O Neill added:

“This course is the culmination of lots of hard work by a small team but I’m delighted that it’s up and running at last. It’s a high quality course which will add knowledge to UKCC level 1 coaches and ensure high pass rates when coaches go through UKCC level 2.“

Picture shows learners Henry Funnell, Tasha Tyler, Jessica Sumpter, Larissa Meighan-Davies, Terry Manwaring and hard working volunteer / helper Leon Manwaring.