Member Association Award Winners 2024

BWF announced the 4 winners of the 3rd Edition of the Member Association Awards at the BWF AGM in Chengdu on Saturday 27 April.

Thank you to all the Member Associations who took part this year. Those Members who were shortlisted are in the attached.

Congratulations to the winners in each of the four award categories:

  1. BWF Membership Grant Programme Impact Award
  2. Participation Award
  3. Inclusion Award
  4. Promotion Award

Award Winners – 4 Categories  

  1. BWF Membership Grant Programme Impact Award

BadminTEEN Project                                          

Having identified a drop-off in participation of teenagers, particularly girls, Badminton Ireland developed, piloted and are implementing a new initiative called BadminTEEN. This provides opportunities for teenagers aged 16 and older to be introduced to playing, coaching and officiating in badminton, as well as learning about personal wellbeing and nutrition.

Following successful pilots, the programme has now been rolled out across all four provinces in Ireland with 156 teenagers completing both online and face-to-face training. The programme has already seen positive results with an increase in school club participation.

  1. Participation Award


Badminton as a new Interscholastic Competitive Sport

Having built a strong participation base in schools through the Shuttle Time Programme, Northern Marianas Badminton Association worked in  partnership with the Public School System and Public School System Athletic Department to establish badminton as a new interscholastic competitive sport at both middle-school and high-school levels.

In its third-year, badminton has seen a staggering 81% increase in participation, the highest among all seven sports played at interscholastic level. The programme has attracted private sponsorship and has been the catalyst to establish a national junior training pool with under-15 and under-17 teams being selected to compete at the Oceania Invitation Team Challenges in New Zealand and Australia.

  1. Inclusion Award

Under-23 Para Badminton Championships

Brazil was one of the first countries in the Pan America region to establish Para badminton and has enjoyed success at regional, international and Paralympic Games levels. Despite a large player-base, the federation identified a gap in the number of young athletes involved in the sport, with an average national team player age of 35 or older.  To encourage younger athletes, the federation established the Diego Mota under-23 Para Badminton Championships, named after a Brazilian Para badminton classifier who passed away suddenly in a motor vehicle accident in 2020.

The championships showcases the best of inclusion and are played in the same venue and at the same time as senior national events. Today Brazil has an impressive 54 under-23 Para badminton players competing nationally, with five of these under-23 athletes recently medalling at the 2023 Para Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

  1. Promotion Award

Sustainability Strategy

In 2023 the Czech Olympic Committee launched a new Sustainability Strategy, aimed at positively transforming national sport federations towards greater sustainability and accountability, reducing their negative environmental and economic impact by 2030. The Czech Badminton Federation embraced this new approach and set about developing a badminton-based solution to a global issue.

The answer for them was used Shuttlecock Tubes. The federation established a programme whereby clubs, schools and individuals can donate their used shuttle tubes, which are then processed by a third-party partner and recycled into various items including thermal insulation, ecological bedding and hot water tank systems.

To date the Czech Badminton Federation has engaged more than 20 clubs and collected over 200kg of used shuttle tubes; promoting a positive image of the federation and supporting the environment.