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Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon.
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School owner Kamala Thongkorn meets with some of the aspiring badminton players. Photos by Pawat Laopaisalthaksin
Serving up the best
A coach helps one of the younger players with his serve.
A scene of little kids in yellow T-shirts running in excitement to join their class greeted us on our arrival at Ban Thongyord. The name in Thai literally means an egg drop coated in syrup, which is a dessert But Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon, whose recent world championship win has made her the country's biggest star athlete and a household name.
"People often think that our school offers a dessert programme. It just happens to be named after our family's dessert business," said former national youth badminton player Kanitsara Ngensrisuk, who helps her mother Kamala Thongkorn, the lady behind May's success to manage the school after her retirement
Supervised by the Ministry of Education, the school that is owned and managed by Kanitsara's family, was developed in 2004 to provide students and aspiring athletes with the physical emotional and mental tools to succeed on and off court.
Occupying about 5 rai on Phutthamonthon Sai 3 Road, this four-storey building boasts 18 standard badminton courts, plus a wide range of exercise and fitness machines to ensure that players are physically able to excel in their chosen sporting field.
According to Kanitsara, about 80 promising athletes are in the programme to refine their skills while more than 200 students enjoy sporting skills development. They are under the supervision of Thai and Chinese coaches, and a sports scientist.
Ban Thongyord is the home training ground for World Champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon.
The school boasts 18 standard badminton courts, plus a wide range of exercise and fitness machines.
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aspire: to want to achieve something or to be successful - ตั้งปณิธาน
athlete: someone who is good at sports and takes part in sports competitions - นักกีฬา
boast: to have something that is impressive and that you can be proud of -
coat: to cover something with a layer of a substance - ทา, เคลือบ
dessert: sweet food eaten at the end of a meal - ของหวาน, ขนมหวาน
emotional: connected with people's feelings เกี่ยวกับความรู้สึก, เกี่ยวกับอารมณ์ - เกี่ยวกับความรู้สึก, เกี่ยวกับอารมณ์
ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
excel: to be very good at doing something - ดีเยี่ยม, ยอดเยี่ยม, เก่ง, มีพรสวรรค์
literally: really true; exactly as what was said - อย่างแท้จริง, อย่างตามตัวอักษร
mental: connected with or happening in the mind; involving the process of thinking - เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ
occupy: to fill, exist in, or use a place or period of time - ครอง
physical: connected with a person's body - เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
promising: likely to be successful or very good - มีอนาคตดี,มีความหวัง
provide: to give someone something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
range: a number of different things that are of the same general type - ขอบข่าย
recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้
refine: to improve something by making small changes to it - ทำให้ดีขึ้น
retirement: the time when you stop working, especially because of old age - เกษียณอายุ
skill: the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ
standard: average or normal rather than having special or unusual features - ซึ่งเป็นมาตรฐาน
success: achieving the goals you wanted to achieve or made a lot of money - มีผลสำเร็จ, ประสบผลสำเร็จ, ประสบชัยชนะ
supervision: the process of making sure that something is being done properly - การควบคุมดูแล การตรวจตรา
tool: a thing that helps you to do your job or to achieve something - เครื่องมือ