Experimentation key to inner-city school's badminton glory
Lisco Jackson, Haile Selassie High School's badminton coach, said he uses a formula of experimentation and motivation to help that school remain almost unbeatable in the Jamaica Badminton Association schools all-island junior championships.
The Payne Land-based school won the all-island and senior league girls' team titles from 2005-2009 and has led the boys' Under-19 and Under-15 to multiple league and all-island titles.
"My experimental hour is between 2 and 3 a.m. I get up and put pen to paper, and design my programmes, which makes the inner-city programme so dynamic," the coach, who took charge of Haile Selassie 18 years ago, told STAR Sports.
"I am one who goes way beyond the call of duty. It's just the commitment and dedication, although it (programme) is lacking funding. I am no ordinary coach; my concept is to understudy," Jackson said.
"I find my own means and way out, putting my own thing together, which is outside the box. It always confuses and surprises people," he added.
Jackson has always been determined to build on his passion for making Haile Selassie stand out in badminton.
"When we were introduced to badminton, you had the Mandeville chapter, and the uptown chapter. We came right through the middle, and within three to four years we were up at the top," Jackson said.
He was first introduced to a solidarity course by former president Robert Richards years ago, then did administration and coaching courses at the University of Technology, and dedicated those skills to his team.
"It is a passion, and something that I take extremely serious. I want to make a meaningful and positive contribution towards the inner-city youngsters through badminton, giving them the ability to make a difference towards society," he stressed.
"Some people were saying no uptown people not gonna come downtown come play badminton, but when we tried it out, and started doing well, everyone was surprised," he said.