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DANISH TRAINING FOR MALTESE JUNIOR PLAYER

National junior title-holder and Msida Arrows Badminton Club Kyle Sciberras is in Odense, Denmark taking an active part in the Badminton Academy run by the Odense Badminton Club.

This is Sciberras’s second consecutive attendance at this Academy, after having been personally invited to attend for the first time in 2013 by Jakob Toft, one of the Club’s leading coaches, who had initially been visibly impressed by Sciberras’s excellent performance during the week-long Badminton “Summer School” run by Badminton Europe in Vejen (Denmark).

Sciberras’s daily training regimen integrates both court and gym sessions, averaging six hours daily. Certified as a “National Training Centre of Excellence” by Badminton Europe itself, the standard of training and of the coaches is obviously very high and demanding.

The technical and tactical as well as the physical aspects of the game are tackled in detail; these range from footwork and technique to endurance and resistance training.

Individual and detailed attention is a marked characteristic of such training, with Sciberras being tutored intensively by the Academy’s head coach Lennart Engler (photo).

Asked to express his feelings about the stay in Odense, Sciberras said:” It wasn't easy to handle the intensive training in the beginning; but the high standard gave me the right motivation to keep going and give my best no matter what.

I am convinced that five weeks of training in Denmark, at what is probably the best Badminton Academy in this country, will be extremely beneficial to me as a player since the experience I gain here cannot be obtained anywhere else”.

This experience will undoubtedly enable Sciberras to considerably improve his already high standard of play.

It will also endow him with added confidence when once again venturing on the international stage in the near future; he is in fact planning to take part in two international junior tournaments forming part of the Badminton Europe competition circuit.

Sciberras added: “I wish to thank the Maltese Olympic Committee for helping me in this project. And I also wish to thank my personal sponsors “Hell Energy Drink”, “Blue Elephant Restaurant” and “Royal Thai Massage and Beauty” of Sliema".

Msida Arrows Badminton Club expressed its satisfaction at the highly positive performance of Sciberras in Denmark.

It also reiterated its continued commitment to provide its developing junior players with similar training opportunities in the coming months.

By: John Attard
 
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