Maj. Gen Sunil Tennakoon (left) of Royal International School receiving badminton equipments from Upali Tennakoon, (right) the President of the NWPBA

North Western Province Badminton Association have decided to distribute badminton equipments and other needs including expert coaching to any school in the North Western Province to popularize and improve the standard of the game at grass root level in the area. Only 10 out of 1200 schools have been playing badminton regularly.

The North Western Province Badminton Association have organized the all island inter schools under-15 badminton doubles team championship for nearly ten years now with the assistance from Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association and the Sri Lanka Badminton Association.

“Our main aim is to improve the standard of the game among schools in our region and also to get more schools to take part in this internationally recognized game,” said Upali Tennakoon, President of the North Western Province Badminton Association.

Those interested should correspond with Upali Tennakoon, President, North Western Province Badminton Association, 81 Malkaduwawa Circular Road, Malkaduwawa, Kurunegala by post or by e-mailing to The telephone number is 0718 229268.

Already badminton equipments have been distributed to six schools in the area namely, Wayamba Royal College, Wellawa M.M.V, Holy Family Balika Vidyalaya Kurunegala, Royal International School Kurunegala, Mayurapada M.M.V Narammala and Sri Sumangala National School, Wariyapola.

Kurunegala district Parliamentarian Johnston Fernando, North Western Province chief minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, the Mayor of Kurunegala Gamini Peramunage along with Suraj Dandeniya, the President of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association, Jagath M. Yapa, the Managing Director of Galuku (Lanka) Private Limited, Tilak Meddegoda General Manager United Sports and Sumith Guruge Chairman of the Gas World were at hand during the presentation of the equipments to these schools.