BEC Shadow Programme

The Shadow Program provides an opportunity for MAs to send an employee or retiring (or recently retired) player to BEC activities like European Championships, Coach Education/Shuttle Time Courses or the Summer School to shadow the work of key members of BEC Staff at those activities.

BEC will advertise for the Shadow Program 3 months in advance of the start date. MA’s will nominate an individual for the Shadowing Position. BEC is only able to receive up to a maximum of one individual per Shadow Program. If more than one application is received, BEC will make a thorough review of the applications and decide which MA will be awarded the Shadow Position taking into account the overriding objective of BASIS. The MAs that are unsuccessful on that occasion are encouraged to apply for the next Shadow Program. Shadow Positions will be awarded a minimum of 1 month before the Shadow Program start date.

BEC will cover:
- the flight ticket for the participant; 
- accommodation and food for the participant during the Shadow Programme.

The individual will shadow key members of BEC staff in carrying out their duties at the BEC event. The individual would have an opportunity to ask questions of that member of staff and to gain direct experience of preparation for and delivery of major events and/or the organisation and administration of badminton specific courses or activities at a European level. It is expected that the skills and knowledge developed during the Shadow Program would, in most cases, be transferrable to events and courses run at a national level.

The selected candidate will be required to attend the final preparations and the venue building up for a selected event, together with the present BEC staff.

The aim is to get acquainted with the work around the selected event. In this connection, please be reminded that BEC will pay for the flight ticket, and for accommodation and food for the selected candidate.


The first Shadow Programme for this year took place in Liévin, France. Georgiy Natarov and Artem Stasiuk from the Ukrainian Badminton Association took part in a Shadow Programme at the recent European Men’s and Women’s Team Championship in February. For them it was an invaluable process in the lead up to hosting the European Championships in Kyiv next month. Natarov shares his thoughts on the programme.

“It was a great experience to see how a really good team is running the biggest team event in Europe on a high level. From day one we saw good coordination of all the planning inside the venue.”

“We had an opportunity to talk about major events with the organisers and Yonex team which will help us a lot to make good preparation work for us. We learnt a lot from this event.” Stasiuk added.

Here below are listed the planned Shadow Programmes, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the global pandemic of Covid-19:
- 2020 BEC Congress in Bucharest, Romania for future host of the 2021 BEC Congress
- 2020 European Championships in Kiev, Ukraine for the Polish Badminton Association which will organize the 2020 European Junior Championships in June


For 2019, Karyna Zhabbarava from Belarus took part in the Shadow Program at the 2019 European Mixed Team Championships in Copenhagen from 10th-18th February. Karyna is the European Games Tournament Director. To read about her experience at the European Mixed Team Championships, click here.

Olesia Nikolenko from Ukraine took part in the Shadow Program at the 2019 RSL BEC Summer School in Slovenia from 4th-14th July. To read about her experience at the Summer School, click here .