Badminton Ba Dame Timor Leste
"Badminton ba Dame" (Badminton for Peace in Tetum language) was launched in Dili, Timor Leste, on 15 June 2012 following a week of training of forty Youth Centre Educators and badminton coaches.
This collaboration between Peace and Sport
and BWF follows the three year project established by Peace and Sport /BWF in Columbia in 2011 and links badminton and peace. The project uses sport as a vehicle for change in young peoples lives.
Badminton ba Dame uses badminton and its values to teach peace culture to young people in Timor-Leste by facilitating dialogue and social cohesion. The project was conceived by Peace and Sport and the BWF, in partnership with the Federación de Badminton de Timor Leste and Badminton Asia. The project is supported by Yonex, who through Badminton Asia, provided the equipment.
Focus for Badminton ba Dame
Badminton ba Dame is a project that offers structured badminton for young people living in poor neighbourhoods of Dili in order to support their social integration and fight against the influence of violent gangs.
Playing badminton in a structured way at the youth centres helps to bring out important sport values including descipline, courage, perseverance, respect for the opponent, accepting defeat and these are used through badminton to teach vulnerable youth.
Badminton ba Dame will take place in 8 - 10 youth centres, enabling over 500 children and teenagers to play twice a week under the supervision of 30 BWF-trained educators / coaches. Regular sports events will be held in the centres to foster social cohesion between hostile districts in the city which have undergone years of intense violence.
The BWF and Peace and Sport are working with the following centres: ACF, Hamahon, Dili Expert, Disabled Youth Centre Intergration, Comoro Youth Centre, Centre of Joao, Centre of Francisco, BA Futuru.
Linking the centres into the national badminton structures of the Federación de Badminton de Timor Leste is also an important goal for this three year project.
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