• National Squads Cancelled Due to Poor Weather Conditions

    18/03/2018 GeneralNational Squads Cancelled Due to Poor Weather Conditions

    The National Squads in the National Indoor Arena today (18/03/2018) have been cancelled due to snow and poor weather conditions.

  • Bronze for Moorcroft in Spain

    13/03/2018 High PerformanceBronze for Moorcroft in Spain

    A bronze medal in the VII Spanish Para-Badminton International certainly made up for his disappointment in missing last November’s World Championships in Korea as he returned from  Alcudia with the broadest of smiles as defeat to the No2 seeds from Hong Kong brought a most successful few days in Mallorca to an end.

    The Men’s Doubles in the Short Stature 6 class had begun for Andrew partnering his long-time Scottish friend Robert Laing in Group A which featured the No1 seeds Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard who showed little compassion in their opening match of the Group dropping only six points while Moorcroft/Laing partnership recorded a straightforward 21-15 21-16 win over Yasmin Eissa and Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores in 22 minutes.

    Andrew and Robert were to lose 21-7 21-6 to the silver medallists in the world championships - Jack Shephard is the Men’s Singles World Champion – but it was enough to see them through to the quarter-finals, avoiding the English pair and had an excellent victory over the English pair Rebecca Bedford and Rachel Choong 21-2 21-15 only to face the No2 seeds Man Kai Chu/Chun Yim Wong in the semi-final.

    The task facing the young unseeded pair can best be shown by the fact that in the World Championships the Hong Kong pair ended the expectations of  England’s Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard capturing the coveted world title 19-21 21-16 21-16 in Ulsan, Korea.

    But Andrew and Robert were to compete as best they could have expected against the current world champions despite losing 21-8 21-8 in just short of half-an-hour.

    The Spanish International had begun for Andrew last Thursday, getting his challenge in the Men’s Singles off to a winning start when he beat Brazil’s Dhiego Vidal Guimares 21-8 21-7 only to meet England’s current World Champion Jack Shephard in his second match, going down in straight sets.

    However he was to advance into the 1st round proper to face his Ireland colleague and team-mate at Alpha Badminton Club, Niall McVeigh, a two-times World and European champion, losing 21-10 21-10.

    Niall Misses Out On Last Four

    Niall McVeigh is well known for playing his best badminton when faced with adversity, when up against a brick wall and this was no more evident in Alcudin last week, when in Group D of the SS6 Men’s Singles, his opening match was against England’s Andrew Martin whom McVeigh had beaten to lift the Para-Badminton World title back in November 2013.

    They have played each other so often over the years that they know each other’s game inside out and they are always close affairs and this was no exception, Martin taking the first set 21-16, McVeigh responding to win the second - by the same score – before Martin sealed the victory 21-17.

    However crucially McVeigh, after dropping the opening set to Hong Kong’s Man Kai Chu  21-16 the Irish No1 and seeded  No¾ took the next two sets 21-16 and with the Hong Kong player beating Martin, it secured a place in the 1st round for McVeigh even though it was to face his club-mate at Alpha, Andrew Moorcroft.

    In the clash against Jack Shephard the No2 seed and current World Champion Niall was to see the opening set snatched from his grasp 21-18 and the second saw Niall playing catch-up and unable to make the vital breakthrough to take the match into a deciding set, losing the quarter-final 21-18 21-15 and missing out on a medal.

    Other members of the squad Chris Stewart and Laura Lee Jenkins had very difficult draws with Laura in particular having to face the No3/4 seed in the Wheelchair WH1 Women’s Singles while in the Mixed Doubles and partnering Chris Stewart, their opener was against Sam Seop Lee and Emine Seckin, the No5/8 seeds with Lee winning the singles title, being the top seed in the singles.

    Sean O’Sullivan had a tough opening draw in the Men’s Singles SU5 when he met the No1 seed Taiyo Imai but staged a fight back in the second set to go down 21-6 21-14 and opened strongly against Mikhail Chiviksin taking the first 21-19 before losing out in three and this surely augurs well for the future for him.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

    10/03/2018 GeneralAnnual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

    To all Branches, Clubs, Affiliated Bodies, Honorary Life Members and Past Presidents

    Badminton Ireland - Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

    (To be held at Irish Sport HQ, Dublin on Saturday 26th May 2017 at 11 am)


    (10/03/2017) Notice is hereby given that the AGM of the Badminton Union of Ireland Limited will be held at Irish Sport HQ, Dublin on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 11 am.

    There are no positions up for election at the forthcoming AGM.

    Motions are required to be received by the Badminton Ireland office no later than nine (9) weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting – by 5:30 pm on the 24th March.


    Yours faithfully

    For and on behalf of

    Badminton Ireland



    David McGill
    Chief Executive
    Badminton Ireland






  • Risk Assessment and Club Child Safeguarding Statement

    09/03/2018 Child ProtectionRisk Assessment and Club Child Safeguarding Statement

    URGENT Responses required for all Juvenile Clubs **DEADLINE Monday 11th March 2018**

    All clubs that have 1+ juveniles in their club have been notified of the obligation to review the Risk Assessment and the Club Child Safeguarding Statement. There has been key legislation that was implemented in December 2017 pertaining to the safeguarding of all juveniles playing sport in the ROI. You may be familiar with the Children First Act 2015 which was completed in December 2017 to be implemented by all Sports clubs, County reps, Branch reps and ourselves as the National Governing Body for Badminton.

    Please find the link attached for the full Children First Act 2015 -

    To ensure we are compliant with the act, Sport Ireland have created a risk assessment covering off key risks to children if the proper controls are not in place. This needs to be reviewed by yourselves and confirmed back to us by 11th March 2018. We understand that this is a very tight deadline which has been imposed by the above legislation and Sport Ireland.

    When you open the document at first there appears to be a lot of information to be absorbed but we have gone through it for you and updated each risk with a grade of High, Medium and Low, highlighted the policies and mitigating actions.

    /file/796042/?dl=1 - Club Child Safeguarding Statement

    /file/796044/?dl=1 - Risk Assessment

    /file/796043/?dl=1 - Risk Assessment Summary doc


    In addition, I have created a summary document which I have also attached, but before you open up the attached, Please fill out the questionnaire below:

    Once you have satisfied the above minimum requirements then move on to the next steps

    Step 1. Review the Risk Assessment

    1. The Risk assessment has been populated by ourselves for you to review at your next club committee meeting
    2. You may adjust accordingly as it is a working template with guidelines
    3. Badminton Ireland will work with all clubs on an ongoing basis to ensure there is support on this

    Step 2. Your Club Safeguarding Statement

    1. When you have completed step 1 review your Safeguarding Statement – as attached
    2. Insert your club name and sign it as the SO

    Step 3. Display you Club Safeguarding Statement

    1. As per Section 11 of the Children First Act 2015, all clubs must display their signed Safeguarding Signature at the club venue

    Step 4. Confirmation to Badminton Ireland

    1. Once step 1-3 have been completed please send a one-line email to prior to 11th March 2018 to confirm


  • Nguyen moves focus from Haarlem to Berlin as he prepares for his opening round of the 2018 German Junior.

    08/03/2018 High PerformanceNguyen moves focus from Haarlem to Berlin as he prepares for his opening round of the 2018 German Junior.

    It has been a busy 2018 so far for the 17 year old Irish sensation with another National title, wins in all his matches at the European Men’s team championships and a quarterfinal of the Dutch Junior. We are still only in the third month of the calendar and the new Irish number one is already leaving quite an impression on the international circuit.

    For many teenagers when it comes to your final year of school it means sport goes to the back of your mind and the focus goes to study. For Nhat however, it is a different plan, although he knows the time during the year will come where the rackets must be left down and the books must come out, his focus right now is on competing against the best.

    Following on from the European Men’s team championships where Nhat won all his matches against senior opposition from Israel and Croatia and Denmark, Nhat has continued to mature as a player.

    The first event after European’s was the Dutch Junior in Haarlem. Nhat went through three rounds before losing out to the number one seed and reigning World Junior Champion Kunlavut Viditsarn of Thailand. The Dublin based teenager did not have long to dwell on his loss as it was back to Dublin to train before a flight the following week to Berlin for the German Junior.

    Tomorrow will see the start of another event and Nguyen is prepared for his next challenge. First up Nhat will meet Vojtech Sebera of the Czech Republic. You will be able to get all the latest updates on the event on the Badminton Ireland Facebook page, and for results click here.




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All-Ireland Primary School Finals Review

210 pupils playing across 41 teams entered into the FZ Forza All Ireland Primary School Finals. Due to the success and growing demand in 2017, schools where restricted to two teams per gender. Despite the restriction more schools competed in 2018 and more teams entered the competition. Badminton Ireland are delighted with the continued growth of Primary School Badminton in Ireland and the continued growth in standard. 

Primary Girls Winners - Banteer 1

Primary Girls Runners Up - Scoil Niolcais Naofa


Primary Boys Winners - St.Michael's NS

Primary Boys Runners Up - Banteer 1


Please see below for the competing schools:

  • Banteer
  • Carrigeen
  • Kilcredan NS
  • Lyre NS
  • Muire Gan Smal
  • Naomh Charthaigh
  • Oatlands
  • Rathfeigh NS
  • Scoil Mhuire
  • Scoil Niolcais Naofa
  • St.Anne's
  • St.Colmcille's
  • St.Mary's Crosserlough
  • St.Michael's NS
  • St.Oliver Plunkett
  • St. Paul's


Click here to see the photographs

Click below for links to results:

Girls Competition

Boys Competition



IT Tallaght taste Student Sport Ireland league success

It proved to be a historic day for IT Tallaght as they were crowned champions of the Student Sport Ireland (SSI) / Badminton Ireland leagues for the first time in their history. The Dublin 24 students had never previously won the top tier, a solitary division two league crown in 2011/2012 was their only maiden success. However, under the guidance of Badminton Ireland licenced coach Mark Topping, they managed to prevail in the final on a score line of 3-2 versus defending champions and local rivals IT Blanchardstown (ITB).

IT Tallaght were deserving winners over the course of the day, but were made to work hard in each of their matches as they overcame Letterkenny IT (LYIT), IT Carlow, and ITB by the narrowest of margins. Their quarter-final tie with LYIT proved to be a pulsating encounter, but wins for team captain Patrick Martin (MS), Irish international Kate Frost (WS), and the mixed pairing of Kate and Jack Lawlor edged them over the line. LYIT can be proud of their efforts, assured displays from Mark Laird/Jack Davies (MD), and Leah Darragh/Victoria Wilson (WD) gave them every chance of progressing, but unfortunately they came up just short, meaning Tallaght progressed to a semi-final meeting with IT Carlow.

The days other quarter-final saw 2016 champions Dundalk IT (DKIT), coached by another licenced coach in Jim Callan, defeat Griffith College Dublin 3-2 to progress to a semi-final with ITB. DKIT, who impressively topped their pool to reach this finals day, couldn’t overturn last year’s defeat to ITB, with Luke Moore and Megan Bredin ensuring the Dublin 15 students recorded another 3-2 win over the Louth students. Ben Ting was impressive in the MS throughout the day for DKIT, and also in the doubles alongside partner Nelson Tang.

Moreover, the second semi-final between IT Tallaght and IT Carlow was ultimately decided by a competitive mixed doubles. Kate Frost recorded a 21-14, 21-17 win over recent SSI/BI WS Open winner Tan Wee Ling to give Tallaght the early impetus, but Ian Wong cancelled that out when winning a narrow two setter in the MS against Patrick Martin, 22-20, 21-19, to tie the match at 1-1. The teams then traded victories in the MD and WD to make it 2-2, before Kate Frost/Jack Lawlor claimed a 21-15, 21-12 win to ensure their advancement to the final, and in the process set up a clash with local rivals ITB.

Unfortunately for a brave Blanchardstown, it was not to be in the final as a deserving Tallaght IT team sealed their place on the SSI Badminton league roll-of honour. With a number of the team eligible again for next year’s league they will hope to become the first college to successfully defend their league crown when the competition restarts for 2018/2019.

A word of thanks to Muriel Moles and Aidan Mullen for officiating at the event.

IT Tallaght Team: Mark Topping (Coach), Patrick Martin (Captain), Jack Lawlor, James Carroll, Kate Frost, Aoife Boylan, Ciara Breen

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Club Information

The following information is for club officers and members ahead of the GDPR regulations which are coming into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. It is important that clubs and members have the relevant information to prepare for this and make necessary changes.

Specific Steps for Badminton Ireland (BI) Clubs to ensure Compliance.

It is imperative that every BI club understands the principles of Data Protection and how the upcoming changes in legislation will affect them. The following are key steps clubs should take.

Increase Awareness

GDPR will benefit all of us; it will ensure that our Personal Information is protected from misuse by any organisation. It will also ensure that, as a Data Controller, each BI Club, County or Province will be accountable for how it collects, uses and stores information about BI members
under their remit. It is critically important that every member is aware of the changes that GDPR will bring and how that impacts them, either as a volunteer working on behalf of the club or as an individual Club Member.

This awareness will also benefit all of us in our personal lives as GDPR also relates to Banks, Insurance Companies, Utility providers, Online Marketing etc. Clubs should ensure that information relating to GDPR is made available to Committee Members, Club Members, Coaches, Volunteers or anyone who is in anyway involved with the Club.

Ensure Understanding

It is imperative that each BI Club understands exactly what Personal Information it holds (and is responsible for). To ensure this is clear, it is important that every club makes an inventory of the personal data that it holds (registration forms, match sheets, etc.) and examines it under the following headings:

1. Why is it being held?
2. How was it obtained?
3. Why was it originally gathered?
4. How long is it being retained for?
5. How secure is it?
6. Is it shared with any third parties?

Obviously, the primary source of Personal Information held by a BI Club is its Membership database. All registered members’ information is stored on the Badminton Ireland Membership System and responsibility for this information is the club’s as well as Badminton Ireland’s.

Specific consideration must also be given to Paper Membership forms and how these are managed once they have been completed and received by the club. It is OK to collect information on paper forms, and to retain them in hard copy after they have been completed, as long as the member is made aware of this at the time they are completing the form. Tick boxes (or similar) should be used to obtain the person’s consent to process their information. It is vitally important that any completed forms are stored securely in a specified location. BI will be amending our own forms to include this for next season.

The same logic should be applied to any other system or database used to assist a club when managing its membership. It is OK to use technology supports in this way, but careful attention must be paid to how and where data is stored (it must be secure and should be encrypted), and individuals must be informed if a third party is being used to provide a system for this purpose. Most of the third party providers of these kinds of systems (online registration, text messaging, fundraising) will be well aware of GDPR and will be able to advise on how they are ensuring compliance. If your club is using a third-party system you should contact them to verify that they are in compliance with GDPR.

Other likely categories of Personal Information held by BI Clubs will include:

• Information required for Garda Vetting
• Application forms
• Text or messaging systems
• Email lists or distribution groups
• Team sheets
• Information captured on club websites

There may also be others, depending on individual clubs, and it is important that each club has a record of all of the Personal Data that it ‘controls’.

Clear Communication

As noted above, it is required that individuals are made aware of certain information such as why their data is being collected and who will have access to it, before their data is obtained. Under existing Data Protection law, it has always been a requirement to provide some of this information to individuals. GDPR builds on this requirement and expands the information that must be given to Individuals in advance of collecting and using their data.

Existing membership forms and other forms used to collect data (e.g. Garda Vetting) must be updated to specifically tell individuals the following:

• The Clubs identity
• The reasons for collecting the information
• The uses it will be put to
• Who it will be shared with
• If it’s going to be transferred outside the EU
• The legal basis for processing the information
• How long it will be retained for
• The right of members to complain if they are unhappy with the club’s implementation of GDPR
• Other specific personal privacy rights relevant under GDPR (as outlined in Personal Privacy Rights section)

Badminton Ireland has obtained advice on how the above requirements should be reflected on BI Membership forms and a sample membership forms will be available in due course.

Ensure Personal Privacy Rights

GDPR enshrines certain rights for individuals that must be supported by every Data Controller, including BI Clubs. It should be noted by members that these rights extend to any entity that holds your information including Financial institutions, utility companies etc. These rights include:

• Access to all information held about an individual (Subject Access Request) – This allows for any member to request a copy of all information held about them. This must be provided within one
month. Note: Maintaining the Inventory of Personal Information outlined above will be a critical enabler for processing Subject Access Requests in a timely manner
• To have inaccuracies corrected
• To have information erased
• To object to direct marketing
• To restrict processing of their information including automated decision making
• Data portability - Ability to receive all of their information in a standard format to move to another provider (more relevant for switching banks or utility providers than BI Clubs but must be

Obtain and Manage Consent

GDPR is very clear that an individual must be informed of what their personal information is going to be used for, who will have access to it, where it will be stored and how long it will be held for. They must give their consent for their data to be used. Consent must be ‘freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous’. Members cannot be forced into a consent or be unaware that they are giving consent. Obtaining consent requires a positive indication of agreement – it cannot be inferred through silence (not objecting), pre-ticked boxes or inactivity.

Consent must also be verifiable – Data Controllers must be able to demonstrate that consent was given and an audit trail should be maintained. Note: Where paper forms are used to collect personal information (e.g. Membership applications), the retention period (how long its kept for) for the form, or relevant portion of the form, should align with the need to demonstrate consent.

Under GDPR, children are not permitted to give consent for Data Processing. A child’s Parent or Guardian must give consent on their behalf.

Report Data Breaches

If unauthorised access to Personal Data occurs or Personal Data is lost or stolen, this must be notified to the Data Protection Commissioner within 72 Hours of being identified. This is a requirement for all paper information and all electronic information (unless the data is encrypted or anonymised). If the breach is likely to cause harm to the individual (Identity Theft or breach of confidentiality), then the individual must also be informed. A procedure to detect, report and investigate data breaches should be in place.

It is imperative that Data Breaches or possible Data Breaches are not ignored in the hope that no one will notice, they must be investigated and reported if appropriate to do so. Advice on data protection queries can be obtained by emailing

Note: The 72-hour deadline for notification to the Data Protection Commissioner applies irrespective of any steps being taken to understand the causes of the breach.

Ensure Privacy by Design

GDPR seeks to ensure that all significant new processes, initiatives or projects that are undertaken consider and ensure GDPR compliance. This requires that a Data Protection Impact Assessment must be undertaken to understand the potential impact of that project/initiative on the privacy of individuals. BI Clubs that are considering projects with ‘high risk’ processing (i.e. new technology) or installing CCTV should conduct a Data Privacy Impact Assessment by meeting relevant stakeholders, identifying potential privacy issues and agreeing on ways to mitigate the risk of issues occurring.

Identify Designated Data Protection Representative  

Every BI Club should identify someone to coordinate their approach to meeting their Data Protection obligations. This will include identifying and recording the specific locations where data is held in each club, ensuring that consent is obtained in the appropriate manner and maintained accordingly. Badminton Ireland has a Communications Officer who will provide guidance for any Data Protection queries that require additional advice. Queries of this nature can be submitted to


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