Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
This is a special time of year to reflect on happy memories, and to be grateful for the time and the friendships we have shared together.
During this holiday season, may each of you and your families be blessed with good health, and the warmth and the happiness of family and friends.
Wishing each of you the very best of the holiday season, and wishing you a great start to the new year.
Badminton Programs - Winter 2022
The school boards have advised us that their next communication and status update on the gym availability/gym rental contracts for external users will be mid-January.
(Covid dependent), The expectation is that community use of the gyms will resume in February.
We appreciate your ongoing patience and support, and look forward to resuming programming safely in the new year.
Program details and registration information will be posted on our website as soon as we receive confirmations from the schools/school boards, along with any restrictions at that time.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the courts for some great badminton play with your friends.
Stay safe. Stay well.
RACQUET STRINGING & PRODUCT SALES
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A nostalgic look back in time for the Soong Badminton Academy
We have been reviewing and organizing our 20K+ photos of our badminton experiences over the past 25+ years.
It is our hope that you will enjoy our nostalgic look back in time, while we await our "return to play" opportunities.
Over the next few months, we will be posting some the many experiences we have shared with our coaches, and with our players over the past 25 years.
Please check back regularly as we continue to add smiles and memories with photos of our coaches and players badminton journeys
The Soong Badminton Academy is proud of the successes and results of our SBA players, but is equally gratified to have helped build the sport of badminton across the greater Ottawa area by providing coaching development and mentorship opportunities and leadership development for tournament organizers and tournament hosts.
Over the past 25+ years, the Soong Badminton Academy has developed and supported over 130 fully certified NCCP coaches, plus over 15 NCCP coaches in training, plus many additional volunteer apprentices. Many of our SBA coaches are now sharing their leadership skills by helping to continue to build the sport of badminton at over fifteen (15) of the Ottawa District clubs, over five (5) of the Ontario universities, and at many of the local elementary and high schools.
With the growing focus on gender equality, it is with great pride that the Soong Badminton Academy has maintained 45% of females on our coaching leadership team, and a 50/50 gender ratio for membership on our competitive teams.
We would like to salute ALL of our SBA coaches (current and past) who have helped build the sport of badminton.
With the early success of our individual SBA players (training in different SBA locations across the City), one of the gaps identified was convincing girls to participate in competitions outside the school environment. As an SBA experiment, eighteen (18) SBA girls were invited to launch an SBA competitive girls’ team so that they could train together, travel together, and challenge each other, in a supportive team training environment. The program was wildly successful across the province, in terms of both results and team spirit. An SBA competitive boys’ team was later launched with SBA boys from across our various training sites.
Weekly Training Groups
The Soong Badminton Academy has delivered multiple weekly training programs for over 25 years in a team teaching and team training environment at numerous locations across the Ottawa region. Players have participated in a positive and encouraging environment, developing their technical skills while having fun with their friends and being supported by an NCCP qualified, experienced and caring coaching leadership team.
Weekly Training Team Photos
Soong Badminton camps have been an excellent opportunity to introduce players to the sport of badminton, provide an opportunity for players to share time with their badminton friends during the off season, prepare players for competitive events/new seasons/school teams, and for new leaders to develop their coaching skills while being mentored by experienced coaches. Local camps have been delivered at numerous locations across the Ottawa region, with SBA coaches also providing leadership as guest coaches to hundreds of out-station locations across the country.
Camp Group Photos
NCCP Coach Training
SBA continues to lead the way in NCCP coach development and mentoring for the Ottawa region. The winter/spring season has seen twelve (12) of our SBA members completing NCCP courses in their journey of becoming fully certified NCCP Regional coaches. Course facilitators included Janet Hugli (SBA) and Kevin Willington (OWBC).