Sale-Maffra Badminton Association are currently providing a weekly session for the Sale Specialist School VCAL students. Every Tuesday over Term 3 club coaches have been teaching students all of the necessary skills needed to play the sport, with the support of GippSport’s Access for All Abilities program.

Over the weeks students have quickly learned the rules and picked up the skills, each week playing doubles against one another. Jenny Hawryluk from the Association has been assisting in coaching the students and has been very impressed with how quickly everybody has learned how to play and their attitudes towards the game. “I am pleased the kids are keen to have a go and have picked up the game. I hope they have learned something and continue on in the future. They are a great group to work with,” Jenny said.

Sale Specialist School VCAL coordinator Deb Johnson says “Each week the students have been extremely excited about going to badminton. A number of them have expressed interest in playing in the afterschool programs. One of VCAL aims is to make students aware of the eight employa

bility skills; by playing team sports students are given the opportunity to work on these skills in an environment other than the classroom. They have been learning about being good team members; either a leader or part of the team, communicating to each other in a friendly manner, solving problems as they arise in team sports, planning and organising games and teams, managing their own game skills and abilities as well as learning new skills. We are exceptionally grateful to the badminton committee Jenny, Dawn and Kerry for their assistance and guidance and to Brenton for his time and effort to organise and help out with this weekly. ”

Badminton is a great sport for all, working on hand-eye coordination, fitness and a great way to socialise with others. If anybody would like any further information on how to get involved in the Sale-Maffra Badminton Association please contact Jenny on 51443542.From this program participants are being linked into social hits within the Association on both Monday and Wednesday evenings. For others that are interested in having a go they can attend on Mondays from 4pm for Juniors, or from 6pm on Wednesday nights for all ages. Both sessions are appropriate for people of all abilities, including People with Disabilities (equipment and tuition can be provided).