Badminton holiday in Indonesia
Friday, January 24, 2014 5:12 PM
holiday in Indonesia
Professional badminton club “Tangkas”, located in West Jakarta,
6 – 20 July (dates to be confirmed)
Total approximate cost: £1300 for 2 weeks including flights,
coaching and accommodation.
Can I join?
Any intermediate/advanced/league players who want to improve
their level considerably in a short period of time and to enjoy
an exotic holiday in the world leading badminton country are
welcome to join.
What is the coaching and training like?
Mr Hendry Saputo – one of the most famous coaches in Indonesia,
who raised World and Olympic champions, like Lyliana Nastir,
Simon Santoso, Jonathan Christie. Mr Hendry is supported by
assistant coaches and Nikita Kolomnin (myself), ex professional
player and level Level 2 UKBA coach. I visited the camp in
January 2014 to progress my badminton and improve my fitness in
and now I am helping other UK based players to share this
amazing experience with me in July.
Training program prepared by Mr Hendro himself, is tailored to
group’s needs and abilities and consists of a combination of
drills, endurance training, agility training, badminton specific
gym training, shot practice and games. Singles and doubles
training is available. On a normal day a group would have 2
sessions per day, sessions starting at 8am and 3pm and lasting
from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
Players should be prepared to sustain rather hard training
routine but enough time is given to adapt to the weather and
recover after each session.
What is the venue like?
Tangkas purpose build 9 badminton court facility is part of a
leisure centre located in a respectable secured area. The
facilities include 50 meters open swimming pool, gym, 2 tennis
courts, table tennis, squash courts (if you have enough energy
to care about other sports that is ). There is a café on the
site. All facilities are free to use.
The weather in July is sunny and hot which contributes to your
stamina and endurance training. It takes a bit of time to get
used to training in such conditions but when you come back to
the UK you feel like you have a third lung added!
Players should take sufficient number of t-shirts and shirts as
you might change 2-3 garments per session. Full laundry service
is provided and your clean cloths are returned to you 3 times
per week. If gym training follows a session, all players are
required to change into dry cloths before being admitted to gym.
A choice of clean air-conditioned single/double accommodation is
being offered within less than 5 minutes drive from the venue.
Air-conditioned van is provided to take players to and from
Apart from abundance of local foods (Chinese, Thai, Singapore,
Indonesian) there are a lot of cafes offering steaks, fish,
burgers and other European foods. Prices range from 50p in a
local food café to £7 per 3 course steak dinner. It is advised
to drinking only bottled water and not to consume ice at
restaurants because it might have been prepared from tap water.
I never had any food or water contamination.
Extra badminton cloths could be purchased on site at £5 per
garment. Express stringing service is provided.
Badminton specific sports massage is available at the venue at
the equivalent of £2-3 per and is very useful to recover your
You can take sunbaths by the pool, which is very nice!
Insurance and vaccination
Players are advised to take care of their own travel insurance.
Although there are no specific requirements to vaccinations,
players are advised to check with their GP. I did not take any
jabs before I went.
Airplane ticket: currently £500 return from London Gatwick by
Emirates with a layover in Dubai. Emirates is one of the best
airlines on the world and despite a long flight it is possible
to sleep, eat and entertain yourself throughout the flight.
The prices are subject to change and can’t be controlled by the
organisers, so players are advised not to delay with this matter
and purchase their own ticket. Specific flight details will be
distributed at a later stage.
Coaching + shuttles + use of leisure centre facilities +
accommodation + transport + laundry ¬- £800.
Deposit of £150 needs to be paid to organisers to secure
a spot. Currently only 4 free spots left. Application deadline
– 28 February 2014.
Nikita [address removed][masked]
Photos at this link: http://www.meetup.com/londonmet/photos/19704652/