The Jakarta Post
Badminton players, former players, a coach and a club owner have agreed in a discussion that the ultimate strategy to produce solid shuttlers is to nurture them from scratch, but such a long-term strategy needs ultimate focus from all parties involved.
The discussion was organized by PB Djarum in conjunction with National Sports Day, which falls every Sept. 9.
The invitees to the discussion on the role of clubs in grooming Indonesian athletes were Indonesian badminton legend Christian Hadinata, Indonesian Badminton Community chairman Hariyanto Arbi, coach Fung Permadi, young players Bernadine Anindya Wardana and Radithya Bayu Wardhana as well as Bakti Olahraga Djarum Foundation program director Yoppy Rosimin.
“The ecosystem of Indonesian badminton should be properly handled, as it is the source continuously providing top players,” Yoppy said in Monday’s discussion.
Yoppy added that that was the reason for PB Djarum to net potential players from all places, including remote areas, through an open audition process. The club has been netting potential players from various age groups to undergo a training series.
Hariyanto Arbi said he was among those hailing from remote villages and got a chance to be a star player through the open audition.
“Producing a star player is never an overnight task. It needs years of strict training and a disciplined way of life, so it is both a physical and a mental effort,” he said.
Young player Bernadine said she was still in the formation years where lots of training was a must. Even though it was hard, Bernadine said, all the hardship and discipline were necessary.
“There is no easy [way] of doing this. So, a young player needs to be fully involved in the process in order to get maximum achievement,” Bernadine said.
Yoppy said the most critical point would be the formation phase or basic layer, where potential athletes aged 11 to 19, who have mastered the basic moves, will be tightly monitored and trained to hone their skills and mentality for larger arenas.
Coach Fung Permadi said that, besides the traditional combination of physical and strategy training, many clubs applied sport science to support athletes’ performance. Through sport science, each player would be treated individually based on their nutritional needs and physical condition.
“Sport science has given birth to various advanced training methods that could boost athlete performance. That is why we need to mull over the right [training regime] for our athletes,” said Fung, who is also the team manager at the PB Djarum badminton club.