Words: Donal O'Halloran | Performance Coach
Badminton Wales are pleased with the synergistic work between BWF, Cardiff Metropolitan University and ourselves. Paul Sellars (Cardiff Met) is well known to the Junior Performance badminton players in his help with developing Sports Psychology practices and awareness. In the last few years, Paul has carried out research in to the well-being of young athletes and presented his research to BWF. After this initial success, he was able to obtain a further research grant and has, in conjunction with Dr. Lea-Cathrin Dohme, Professor Stephen Mellalieu, from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr. Martin Camiré from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, developed a 5 module course looking at developing life skills for these athletes. Please read on to discover how you can help develop the research but more importantly, how to help your child develop through their badminton career, whatever their goals.
Project Title: Facilitating dual career badminton players’ life skills through education of their support network
Dear potential participants,
Our project consists of three phases. In phase 1 (Sept.-Jan. 2020-21), some of you have given us the opportunity to understand your individual and collaborative efforts towards promoting players’ life skills development and transfer. Having analysed the interviews, we are now in a position to embark on the second phase of our project by presenting you with an educational online programme designed especially for you to support you in the development of life skills within your players and children. We will invite you to this programme via an online link that will be send to you in an email once you have confirmed that you are interested in engaging in the programme.
What does the programme entail?
The program consists of five bite sized modules, which take about 1.5-2 hours to complete. Each module starts with the provision of general content knowledge, before specific life skills coaching tips for parents and coaches are offered in respective submodules. A video introducing the programme has been developed, yet here is sneaky peak into what this programme covers:
- A brief introduction video, explaining the workings of the programme.
- Module 1 defines “life skills” and outlines why badminton is an ideal environment for the teaching of life skills.
- Module 2 outlines strategies for teaching life skills.
- Module 3 explains the concept of life skills transfer and provides strategies for teaching life skills transfer.
- Module 4 outlines the importance of coaches’ and parents’ collaboration in light of players’ life skills development and transfer and offers recommendations for how an effective collaboration can be achieved.
- Module 5 summarizes the content covered within the programme.
What happens after I have engaged in the programme?
Initially, we were hoping to interview you again in June/July 2021 to explore if the programme has made a difference to your individual and collaborative behaviours employed to promote players’ life skill development. However, due to the current pandemic, we are aware that you may not be in a position to immediately embed the knowledge gained through this programme into practice. As a result, we have shifted the focus of Phase 3 and are hoping to interview you some of you focussing on your experience of engaging in the programme instead. Within these interviews, we would like to know what you liked about the programme, what you did not like, if the programme was helpful, and what we can do to improve the programme to allow more parents and coaches to be equipped to effectively support the development of life skills within their players and children.
What happens next?
The programme is ready for you. As a result, please email Dr. Lea-Cathrin Dohme ([email protected]) or Paul Sellars ([email protected]) to let us know that you are interested in engaging in the programme. Once we receive your email, we will share the link to the programme with you. You then have until June to engage with the programme before we would potentially like to interview you about your experience.
We are excited to share our expertise with you and hope that you will enjoy the journey we are going to take you on.
Your life skills team,
Dr. Lea-Cathrin Dohme, Professor Stephen Mellalieu, Mr. Paul Sellars from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr. Martin Camiré from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.
In association with Badminton World Federation