• Viking BC marks the start of a new season by achieving Bronze Clubmark award

    20/09/2017 DevelopmentViking BC marks the start of a new season by achieving Bronze Clubmark award

    Viking BC in Dublin are beginning the new season as a recognised Badminton Ireland Clubmark club having been awarded the Bronze Level award in recent weeks. This is a fantastic achievement for a club who have invested a great amount of time and effort in the Clubmark process. The collective unity within Viking BC was the primary foundation behind the clubs successful Clubmark journey, and this was most evident in how the members and executive funded the attendance of one club coach on a Badminton Ireland Level 1 course in early 2017.

    Club Chairperson Andy Tang was responsible for ensuring the eventual signing-off the Clubmark process with Badminton Ireland, and upon visiting Viking to present them with their award, he provided a background into the culture and ethos within the club; "Our emphasis in Viking is not to make money or win the most silverware, our main priority is to make all members feel welcomed, appreciated, and most importantly send them home with smiles on their faces. Those values remain constant in all club nights, whether that be in Aughrim Street on a Monday evening, or Terenure Badminton Centre on a Thursday night".

    Furthermore, we asked Andy to give us his thoughts on the Clubmark process and this is what he had to say; "Clubmark gave us guidance on what clear structures and strategy looks like for a Badminton club, and we firmly believe this has progressed the club level in recent months". Clubs must meet requirements in areas such as Governance, Teicnic participation, and Coaching in order to achieve the Clubmark awards.

    To enquire about your club getting involved in the Clubmark programme please email

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  • Nenagh U19 Open

    20/09/2017 MunsterNenagh U19 Open

    Entries are now open for the Nenagh U19 open that will take place on Saturday, October 21st. Entries can be made via the Badminton Ireland website. This should be a great event so get your entries in before the deadline of the 7th of October. 

  • Two Silver for Ireland at the World Senior Championships

    19/09/2017 High PerformanceTwo Silver for Ireland at the World Senior Championships

    Mark Topping and Graham Henderson both had great performances in the recent World Senior Championships to take a silver medal in the 50MD category. Mark Topping also took a silver medal alongside English partner Debbie Miller in the 50XD. 

    Also playing in this event was Bob Evans who won his opening match in the 70MS but lost out in the round of 16 after coming up England's Ray sharp who put him out winning 21-17 21-9.

    In the men's doubles final, Mark and Graham took the match to three games but lost out to the ultimately stronger pair of Ting/Ertanto of Malaysia and Indonesia 21-17 16-21 21-13.

    Mark also featured in the mixed doubles final where the match was lost in another long three-game battle against Tandun/Tendean of Indonesia. The final score there was 21-19 21-12 21-14.

    For the full list of all of the Irish matches played at the event click on this link.

  • Fantastic Week For Irish Badminton So Far

    15/09/2017 High PerformanceFantastic Week For Irish Badminton So Far

    17 Year old Nhat Nguyen has made the men’s singles semi final at the Belgian International after getting through three matches in qualification and winning three matches in the main draw. This morning he beat Indian Harsheel Dani 17-21 21-10 21-16 with a very impressive performance.

    Scott Evans has been playing well with partner Amanda Hogstrom of Sweden in the mixed doubles at the Belgian International. This is a new partnership that have never played together before. He is through to the semi-final of the Belgian International after beating Mathia Bay-Smidt & Alexandra Boje of Denmark 21-18 21-19.

    At the World Senior Championships Mark Topping and Graham Henderson have made the semi-finals of the men’s doubles after beating Sweden’s Nytell/Soderberg 14-21 21-10 25-23. Mark is also in semi final action in the mixed doubles later today with English partner Debora Miller.


    For the full Irish results from the Belgian International click on this link.

    For the full Irish results from the World Senior Championships click on this link.

  • Semi final places up for grabs at Senior World Championships in Kochi

    15/09/2017 High PerformanceSemi final places up for grabs at Senior World Championships in Kochi

    Mark Topping and Graham Henderson are bidding for a place in the semi-finals of the Over 50 Men’s Doubles in the BWF World Senior Championships being staged in India this week.

    Having reached the quarterfinal with a tight 40 minute encounter against the Japanese pair Fumiaki Matsuura and Koichiro Oura they were never behind in the opening set dominating throughout to win 21-7 but the second was a totally different proposition and it was nip and tuck throughout with the Irish pair finding themselves 6-4 in arrears whilst being ahead at 17-16 they were to lose the second 21-19.

    However the Irish pair were to regain the initiative and were the dominant force in the decider to ease through 21-11 and meet the No3/4 seeds Magnus Nytell and Erik Soderberg of Sweden later today for a place in the semis.

    Mark Topping and England’s Debora Miller, the No3/4 seeds, are already through to the quarter-finals of the Over 50 Mixed Doubles with a straight set victory over Gene Austin Joyner/Elena Golubeva and now face Bhushan Akut/ Saroj Sawant for a place in the semi-finals while in the 55+ Mixed Doubles Graham Henderson and England’s Susan Tooke are up against the No3/4 seeds from Japan Noriaki Matsunari/Miyoko Sato with the semi-final awaiting the winner, after a 21-6 21-15 victory over the French pair Jean-Michel Edard/Chantal Piron and England’s John Kindred/Janice Flower were overpowered 21-11 21-8.

    Find full list of Irish matches on this link.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.

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Rachael Woods runner up in Malmo

Seeded No7 in the Mixed Doubles Alpha’s Rachael Woods was to progress through the early rounds of the Swedish Youth Games in Malmo with consummate ease with her England partner William Jones beating the Spanish pair Marc Cardona/Elana Lorenzo 21-11 21-12 after just 26 minutes and then despatching Oliver Orum-Petersen/Mathilde Houe 21-13 21-19 inside 15 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.

The top seeds were Ludvig Petre Olsson and Sofia Larsson and after coming through 20-22 21-16 21-16 against a German pair Jones and Miss Woods certainly must have seen that they had a real opportunity to book a place in the semi-final and they were not too despondent as the top seeds snatched the opening set 21-17.

They responded by taking the second set 21-9 and never allowed their Swedish top seeds to gather an y momentum in the deciding set and ran out victors 21-15 in a match lasting 41 minutes.

The German 8th seeds Aaron Sonnenschein/Leona Michalski had booked their place in the semi-final having knocked out the No4 seeds Brian Wassink/Charissa Kuiper but after a tentative opening set against Miss Woods and William Jones, it was the No7 seeds who took the opening set 22-20 and were never in any trouble from then, capturing the second set for only a dozen points.

Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the draw German No2 seeds Matthias Kicklitz and Jule Petrikowski were easing their way into the final without dropping a single set.

In the final William Jones and Rachael Woods came within a whisker of snatching the opening set and were to take the second 21-18 - the same score as the first – and had spectators on the edge of their seats as they fought to wrestle the title from the Germans before relinquishing the title bid 21-16.

There was little time to sample the delights of the beautiful town of Malmo to stake a challenge for the coveted Women’s Singles title with her twin sister Rebecca.

It was Rebecca who brushed aside her opponent Laura Chillon 21-11 in the opening set before the Spanish player came back to level 21-18 and it took all the Hunter House pupil’s fighting spirit to see her through 21-18 and a clash against Italy’s Chiara Passeri her reward.

Rebecca won the opening set 22-20 but disappointingly lost the second 21-13 only to respond in typical fashion and take her into round 3 where she met the highly rated Meike Versteeg of the Netherlands who competed in the 2016 European U’15 Championships. On this occasion, Miss Versteeg, who had earlier knocked out the No8 seed was to progress with a 21-10 21-12 victory over Rebecca.

Twin sister Rachael’s first opponent as the No5 seed was Caroline Melin of Sweden and was never troubled winning 21-5 21-3 and then faced Carla Kivikko for a place in Round 3.

Again the Alpha player was to exude confidence as she brushed aside the Finnish player 21-13 21-11 and had to work really hard to knock out Chloe Mayer (Netherlands) 21-19 21-13 21-19 and was at her best against Ruth Veiguela 21-19 21-14.

With a place in the final at stake Rachael put up a tremendous fight against Denmark’s Ann-Sofie Husher Ruus only to lose 21-17 21-18 in 26 minutes of the most exciting of semi-finals and Rachael can take some satisfaction from the point that her opponent went on to take the singles title in a 49 minute final from Julie Petrikowshi.


Munster U11 & U15 Open

The Munster U11 & U15 Open will be held on 23rd and 24th September and we look forward to welcoming everybody back to Munster. The U11 competition will run to its completion on Saturday 23rd Sept., along with the main part of the U15 competition, in the UL Sports Arena, Limerick. The semi-finals and finals of the U15 competition will be held on Sunday 24th Sept. in Nenagh. Entry closes on 12th September.

See link below.


Sam and Chloe Magee feature in Sport Ireland Family Sport-fest launch

Ireland’s first family festival of sport to be held at Sport Ireland National Sport Campus with more than 30 different sports on show

A host of Ireland’s sports stars from 15 different sports came together the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus today for the launch of Ireland’s first Family SportFest, being held there on Sunday 1st October.

The Family SportFest takes place during #BeActive European Week of Sport and will see the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus provide opportunities for people of all ages to come and see the world class facilities available on site as well as sample some of the 30 different sports and programmes that are accommodated at Ireland’s national sports facility .

Irish Boxing High Performance Director and former World Champion, Bernard Dunne, All-Ireland winner with Dublin, Alan Brogan, dual Dublin star Conal Keaney, Irish, Connacht and Leinster player, Mike McCarthy and athletics great, Catherina McKieran were just some of the 20 athletes who supported the launch of the family SportFest which the Campus hope will attract more than 2,500 people of all ages and abilities.

The Sport Ireland National Sport Campus want SportFest to become an annual event celebrating the variety of sports available in Ireland and promoting the many benefits of sports participation. It is hoped that SportFest will not just encourage increased participation in sport but also showcase the world class facilities that are the training base for some of Ireland’s leading sport stars, play host to the national championships of more than 20 sports and are also available for use by the public on a daily basis.

Along with getting the chance to trial the sports, children and adults will get the chance to meet a range of Irish sports heroes from the many different sports to which the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus is home. There will also be question and answer sessions with top athletes and coaches, a trophy zone with some of Ireland’s most famous silverware and a skill zone where parents and children alike can test their skills in a fun and non-competitive environment.

John Treacy, Chief Executive, Sport Ireland, said; - “The Family SportFest will give children and adults of all ages and abilities a chance to sample sports they may never have dreamt of trying, or never had the chance to. They will get a chance to meet some of Ireland’s top sports stars and lift some famous trophies. Hopefully Family SportFest will not only help to inspire the next generation of Irish stars but to also foster a lifelong love of sport and show them they are always welcome here at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, the Home of Irish Sport. That this celebration of sport can be held for the first time during the European Work of Sport, for which Sport Ireland is the national co-ordinator, is even better.”

Michael Murray, Chief Operations Officer, Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, said; “The Family SportFest is an opportunity to highlight the fact that the facilities and sports here are for everyone. We set out to build a National Sports Campus of which the country could be proud and SportFest provides an opportunity to tell people from all over Ireland that they are welcome to come and enjoy these world class facilities at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. It’s important to us that the general public understand that this is their Campus too. We have some of Ireland’s best-known athlete's training here every day and yet the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus is open to everyone to come in and enjoy. Since the National Indoor Arena opened in January we have hosted a wide variety of sporting programmes and events. We are particularly proud that over the summer we had kids from across the country using our facilities on offer to partake in many of the sports on offer here at the Home of Irish Sport.”.

Alan Brogan – “Sport has played a huge role in my life. I have been lucky to play in one of the world’s best stadia in Croke Park but the facilities here are also truly incredible. For so long in Ireland training facilities were back pitches with some form of cabin at the side for changing if you were lucky but what is available here at the Campus is world class. It would inspire you to get involved in sport and I would encourage as many people as possible to come and see the facilities here for themselves.”

Catherina McKiernan – “The facilities here at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus are amazing. It is great to see that Ireland now has athletics facilities that are truly world class. I have got so much enjoyment from sport, for me it is running but I do believe there is a sport for everyone. SportFest is a great opportunity to sample a wide range of the sports that are available at the Campus and experience at first hand the incredible facilities available here.”

The campus boasts an impressive array of world class facilities including the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, the National Aquatic Centre, the National Modern Pentathlon Centre, the National Horse Sports Arena, the National Dry Land Diving centre and the Multi Sport Synthetic pitches, Turf Pitches, Campus Conference centre and the Sport Ireland National Cross Country Track. All of which are open for public use throughout the year.

The campus is also home to Sport Ireland Institute of Sport, FAI Headquarters, GAA Development Centre, and Irish Sports HQ, the home of 23 sport NGBs.

Many of Ireland’s top sports stars and teams regularly use the facilities at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. The Republic of Ireland Senior Men’s and Women’s football teams are based on the campus as is the Irish Boxing High Performance Programme, Swim Ireland’s National Training Centre as well as Sport Ireland Institute of Sport which provides sport science and other support services to Ireland’s High Performance Athletes.

The Sport Ireland National Sports Campus provides sporting opportunities for the whole family and for all ages and abilities in the community, with programmes and classes provided for toddlers right up to over 55s. The Campus runs market leading Academies for Swimming, Gymnastics, Athletics, Diving and Multi Sport along with hugely popular summer camps, fitness classes and birthday parties for kids.

The inaugural Family SportFest takes place at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus on Sunday 1st October from 11am to 4pm. The event is open to the public of all ages and abilities. Tickets are priced at €10 for a family ticket (Two adults & up to three children), €5 per adult and €3 per child. For more information on the Family Sport Fest log on to

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