International Coaching Team Maintains Excellent Badminton Training Standards During the COVID-19 Pandemic

MONTVILLE, NJ--Led by a stellar international coaching team, the New Jersey Badminton Club has multiple aims of developing talented young players, promoting a love of sports and cultivating an appreciation for diverse cultures. The executive coach, Jacky Zhang, formerly of the China National Badminton Team, has successfully developed students who have been selected to the US Junior National Team. They’ve also achieved top ranks in high level junior national tournaments in the U.S., such as the Pan Am Junior International Championship, the World Junior Badminton Championship, and the World University Games. 

Head coach, Felix Anthonius, is a certified Indonesia National Level coach. During his extensive coaching career, Felix has trained and channeled countless outstanding players, including international level players such as Sony Kuncoro, Tontowi Ahmad and Ade Yusuf, to the Indonesia National Badminton Team. Finally, Coach Mir Tahir Ishaq is a former international badminton champion who continues to excel as a current US National Badminton Coach. He attended 2019 Pan Am Junior Championships in Canada and 2019 WJC in Russia as an assistant coach, and his students have consistently demonstrated high achievements in all levels of tournaments.

Since 2012, New Jersey Badminton Club (NJBC) has been promoting badminton in one of the premiere facilities on the East Coast, with special flooring and lighting, seven Olympic standard badminton courts, high ceilings, and climate control. NJBC aims to provide the best services with a range of options including walk-in, group training, private training, and junior elite professional training. Private and group training classes following a professional badminton training system are tailored for adults and junior players at different levels such as Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate Players. Each session has a different point of focus to optimize the value of the training and the players’ development. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NJBC is currently running sessions at 25% capacity - which comes to 25 students at a time - per NJ State guidelines. NJBC staff take the temperature of all students and staff upon entry, and everyone is required to use hand sanitizer upon entry and after playing. Masks are also required. NJBC management requires online reservations (and will soon offer online payment options), and training groups avoid commingling, as they’re required to take time slots that do not overlap to reduce the likelihood of transmission. So far, NJBC has been pleased with students’ cooperation with the new rules, so everyone can continue to safely play sports!

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