Youngsters enthusiastic about badminton

Wednesday November 01, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports

Shuttles were flying in primary schools around Rarotonga last week as part of an intense four-week “ShuttleTime” school badminton development programme.


Cook Islands Badminton tutors have been out in force targeting students in years four to six, teaching the basic badminton skills using balloons and fun activities. 

Primary school teachers attended a ShuttleTime workshop during the school holidays to prepare them for the programme and allow them to deliver the ‘ShuttleTime’ lessons anytime throughout the year.

The schools also received bags of equipment containing 20 racquets, two nets, two dozen shuttles and a bag of balloons donated by the World Badminton Federation, along with free videos and lesson plans.

Over 140 students from Nikao Primary School took to the field for some fun badminton activities under the watchful eye of tutors John Taulu and Tinomana Naea last Monday and Tuesday morning.

Many children have never played badminton before and some were showing real potential and enthusiasm for their new-found sport.

Arorangi School students were definitely making the shuttle fly and were also fortunate to be using the Aroa Nui Hall, an excellent venue for delivering the ShuttleTime exercises with its high roof and protection from the wind.

Tutors were able to setup three courts in the hall, with over 80 students going through basic drills and fun games.

The students were excited to be part of the programme, which endeavours to get children active and gives all the opportunity to play.

Cook Islands Badminton would like to thank the Aroa Nui hall committee and look forward to their continued support.

And we are pleased to announce that both Nikao and Arorangi schools will compete at the Cook Islands Badminton Inaugural Primary School Tournament to be held on Friday November 17 at the Bluesky Sports Arena.

Schools will be vying to become the first ever overall champions and holders of the Tupui Ariki Henry Memorial Trophy.

The tournament would not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Prime Foods who will supply fruit and milk for the competitors’ snack packs. Trophies are sponsored by Kora Pearls, Vaiakura Holiday Homes, McLeod Pearls, Ned Marsters and the Manuka family.

For any enquiries contact Hebrew Tom on 75215 or visit our Facebook page, Badminton Cook Islands

            - CIBA

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