Chou Tien Chen Badminton Athlete

“We tend to forget how good we are when we are not successful, and it’s important that we mind, until now, that we have done very well.” Arsene Wenger

Said Arsenal boss`s on a television interview to BBC a day before his team going to play against Man UTD. On their last match, they have lost to 5-1 against Liverpool at Anfield road. What we can learn from his words in Badminton?

It is hard to evaluate your own situation without external feedback. Every player, from beginners to top athletes needs feedback about what went well (or what goes well) and what could be a point of learning for the next training period. It is crucial to support every social badminton player, children and adults at every age. Remember you have good shots, you can score and you have a good trust in your own abilities even if you lost the match or could not get as many points as you wanted. Sunrise Badminton Network would like to support all the badminton groups and communities within the network to keep everyone motivated and increase our bouncebackability. Hopefully, our posts will help you realise your potential and create a need for play when the time has come to return to the courts after lockdown. Finally, see Dan`s thoughts about the interview above.

The below post is written by Dan Abrahams. Further information available at

“Let`s say Arsene Wenger in the video, coming off the back of a thrashing from Liverpool. How can a coach’s help a team bounce back from an emphatic defeat? Here’s my thoughts.

1. Emphasise what went well – this sounds incredibly obvious, yet in my experience at all levels, coaches tend towards communicating the failures, the weaknesses and the bad points. Try to rid yourself of the emotion of defeat and let your players know what they did well as a team and, if you can, as individuals.

2. Turn negatives into practical solutions – avoid dwelling on what your players did wrong. Tell them what they need to do better next time. Time and again in soccer I’ve stood by coaches who ranted and raved about the mistakes players have made, but without providing a contribution to what a solution looks like. If there was a positional mistake tell your players what positions you want them in and teach them how to get there. If sloppy passing was their error explain to them the value of focus and teach them how to improve their attention.

3. Get back to basics – If you have some clips available show your team footage of them playing at their very best. Reinforce in their minds what they do when they’re playing well. Ask them to re-create these plays on the training pitch. Video this session. Let them to watch the new footage to show that they ‘can’. Give them an injection of certainty – that is what you’re there for.”

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