(Photo: Žan Križnar/ Badminton Association of Slovenia)
The top European young talents meet in Denmark for the RSL BEC World Class Junior Camp 2022
Date: 7/7/2022 1:15 PM
Published by : Jacob Oehlenschlæger
In a just couple of days, the top European talents will join forces for a nine-day training camp in Vejen, Denmark. From 9 to 17 July 2022, Vejen Idrætscenter will together with Badminton Europe host 37 Junior players from 13 different countries.

The RSL BEC World Class Junior camp is part of Badminton Europe´s World Class programme, which aims to support the European top talents and top players through different activities and programmes. The activities for the European top talents currently falling under the BEC World Class programme are the RSL BEC World Class Junior camp held in Europe in every even year and in every odd year a selected group of European top talents will be invited for a 2-week training camp in Asia. The selection of players is based on their performances at the European U17 Championships, with all medallist being invited for the RSL BEC World Class Camp. All medallists from European Junior Championships will be invited to a training camp in Asia that will last two weeks.

- The World Class programme is designed to support our best European players and our most promising juniors. The camp this year and the trip to Asia next year will really be a valuable experience for the development of each of the players. I really hope that some of these players will be competing for medals at the biggest events in the years to come, BEC General Secretary Brian Agerbak stated.

The camp will be led by headcoach Anu Nieminen (FinLand) together with 3 other high-level coaches. Petya Nedelcheva (Bulgaria), Sune Gavnholt (Denmark), and Jose Antonio Crespo (Spain) will form a very strong coaching team, all having enormous experience as players on the highest international level and having participated multiple times at the Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships, and many other international tournaments across the world. Since finishing their careers as players, they have all pursued a coaching career within the badminton world. BEC Development & High Performance Senior Manager, Jacob Oehlenschlæger, is really excited about being able to put such a strong coaching team together.

- If I were a player, I would be really excited about being part of this camp. Each of the coaches have so much badminton knowledge that all the players can benefit from. They have all been professional badminton players, competing at the highest level, and they know how to share all their badminton knowledge with players on a daily basis. Coaches of this standard don’t come often and we have four of them for the top European junior talents for nine days. This is just amazing!

The main goal of the camp is to continue the development of the players in the High Performance mindset and their approach on and off court to become future world class players. The players will be divided into four training groups: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, and Women’s Doubles during the camp. Besides, having a highly qualified coaching team, sparring players for each training group have also been invited to the camp. The sparring players will further add quality to the training sessions. Head coach Anu Nieminen is impressed by the setup and is convinced such camps will make a difference for the players.

- The players will have a full professional setup for nine days. They will work in relatively small training groups with high-level coaches and in good facilities. A perfect setup for young talents! These high-quality camps will make a difference in the development of the players as we are able to dig into many important aspects and details of becoming a world-class player. I can´t wait to get started with the camp! 

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