Racquets of excitement for badminton at St John’s Euroa!
Students at St John’s Primary School Euroa in Victoria were lucky enough to participate in badminton sessions as part of their Sporting Schools program for Term 1, 2017, and they could not get enough of it.
After delivering badminton for three weeks in PE classes for students in Years 3 to 6, St John’s was able to use Sporting Schools funding to offer a badminton program at both recess and lunch as well.
Melinda Watson, PE Teacher at St John’s Euroa was thrilled to see the positive responses from students.
“Students were lining up to play! They were lined up and ready to go every recess and lunch,” Melinda said.
“It was fantastic to see so many students excited to participate and learn a new physical activity,” she said.
Nearly a quarter of the school’s students were able to participate in the badminton program – sparking the interest of students to start playing the sport outside of school at their local club.
“We are now working with Badminton Victoria to organise further professional development that will help both myself and other staff at the school to improve our knowledge of the sport, and help kids get involved and stay involved. It’s really exciting!” Melinda said.
Encouraged by the increased interest, the local Euroa Badminton Club has put on ‘come and try’ nights for children to experience the sport in the club environment.
What started as a new Sporting Schools opportunity for the kids of St Johns Euroa, has become so much more for the community, helping to build a lifelong love of sport.
Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Badminton Australia program at your school? Check out all the details on the Badminton Australia page.