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Aberdeen primary pupils hit up city badminton challenge


A local charity is giving every primary school pupil across Aberdeen the chance to take part in a brand-new sporting challenge this term.

Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools Coordinators have teamed up with badminton equipment provider Babolat with the aim to get more young people involved in the sport from an early age with a fun and competitive introduction to badminton.

The challenge comprises five different stations that work on various skills such as sending and receiving, hitting and accuracy, with pupils scoring points as they go. Each primary school is invited to put forward one P4 class to take part in the challenge, with points from each station added up at the end and entered on to an overall leader board. The class with the highest overall total will receive a selection of prizes from Babolat.

All challenges are delivered by Active Schools Coordinators alongside PE teachers, school staff and small groups of pupil volunteers from P7.

Graeme Dale, Sport Aberdeen Senior Development Manager (Young People), said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children across the city to take part in a fun and competitive introduction to badminton whilst encouraging participation in sport as whole.

“We are thrilled to be running this challenge with Babolat, highlighting how through partnership working we can create more opportunities for young people in the North East to take part in sport and physical activity from an early age.”

Steven Chappell, Babolat UK’s Badminton Manager said:

“Babolat support a number of grass roots activities in both Scotland and England with the aim of getting children active at a young age and hopefully encourage them to take up badminton. We are therefore delighted to support Sport Aberdeen with this challenge and hope that it will provide local children with an introduction to badminton.”

All scores must be in by March 29th. For more information on Active Schools Aberdeen, click here.