Fernando's Badminton Academy in Canada gets world recognition
BADMINTON: One of Canada's leading badminton coaching schools
Fernando's Youth Badminton Academy has been lusted in the 'World
Badminton website, "This is a tremendous boost for the academy." Said
Dharshana Fernando - the founder and head coach.
Fernando keen in promoting badminton in Sri Lanka. Picture
by Kapila Somaratne – Panadura Group Corr.
Dharshana counts 43 years experience as a player and a coach. The
listing of the academy's website is another feather in the cap for the
The top 20 badminton coaching sites are listed. About 150 students
are in the academy and coaching is going at a pace.
Dharshana Fernando was a former junior national champion in Sri Lanka
and a national player for a number of years. The head coach Piumika
Fernando said that they have produced many shuttle champions.
Dharshana has held many coaching programs in many countries like
Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic and the USA. He says there are more
applications but due to pressure of work, he is unable to check all the
The academy believes that they have many 'firsts'. For the first time
three of Dharshana's students were sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for
advanced training conducted by Andrew Chang, one of the prominent
coaches in Malaysia.
Ever heard of examinations for badminton theory and skipping (jump
rope) competitions in a badminton school? It's there at Fernando's
Badminton Academy. They were introduced to the students several years
ago. Fernando's Academy also plans to invest in the latest 'badminton
revolution' which is the 'shuttle shooter' machine.
This is another first for the region where the academy is housed and
will be a great advantage to improve the skills of the players. The
machine will free coaches to concentrate on teaching and coaching.
Fernando's ambition is to assist and promote badminton in Sri Lanka.
Dharshana who leant his badminton at St. Thomas' Pre-School in
Bandarawela wants to give back something to the country. He wants to
assist the upcoming players with sponsorship packages.
For more information coach Fernando could be contacted: