• Edition 1: New Clubs 2016/2017

    24/03/2017 DevelopmentEdition 1: New Clubs 2016/2017

    There has been an inception of a number of new clubs registered with Badminton Ireland in the 2016/2017 season. The endeavour of the executives, volunteers, coaches, and players of these clubs can often go unnoticed as they seek to overcome the challenges that newly founded clubs face in their inaugural year. Additionally, their hard work in creating and implementing structures that will lead to a sustainable future is another aspect which is often overlooked in setting up a club.

    We aim to acknowledge the efforts of new Badminton Ireland clubs in 2016/2017 by compiling profiles on two clubs per week over the course of the next month. Hopefully these news stories will recognise the contributions of all those involved, raise the profile of their clubs, and also offer thanks to those externally who may have assisted with sponsorship and fundraising initiatives. This weeks edition focuses on two clubs; Titans Badminton Club and Smith Nirvana Badminton Club.


                           Club Profile 1: Titans Badminton Club

    Playing Venue:

     1. Terenure Badminton Centre, Dublin 6W

     2. Alexandra College Sports Hall, Dublin 6

    Number of Club Members: 47
    Qualified Coaches: One Level 0 / Shuttletime Coach
    Competitions Entered: 7 Teams in the Dublin & District Leagues & Cups
    Club Honours:

    Men's Division 5 Champions

    Mixed Division 6 Champions

    Ladies Division 6 Champions

    Recruitment Strategies:


    Summer Club

    Tournaments Organised: Emerald Cup + HaoTong Aviation Cup

    We Chat

    Club Sponsors:  

     1. Asia Market

     2. Emerald News

     3. HaoTong Aviation

    Club Communication Strategies:

    Emerald Media News Paper



    Challenges facing the Club:

     Covering the cost of purchasing club equipment. The club is currently in  the process of hosting fundraiser events to assist with all costings they  will face when buying equipment.

     They have also contacted the local Tesco store to see if they could be  involved in the Tesco Community Fund initiative.
    Future Aspirations for the Club:

    The Titans have four key aspirations for their club as they look towards the future;

     1. Continue to increase the number of people playing in the club

     2. Develop a juvenile section within the club

     3. Participate in the Badminton Ireland Teicnic programme

     4. Strive to have teams promoted through the divisions of the DDLC so  they will have members eventually competing in the top divisions of the  leagues.

    Interesting Club Fact: Xiaolia Chen, the 2009 World Junior Champion, visited the club in January


                    Club Profile 2: Smith Nirvana Badminton Club

    Playing Venue:

     1. Baldoyle Badminton Centre

     2. Frank Cooke Park, Ballymun

    Number of Club Members: 18
    Competitions Entered:

    2 Teams in the Dublin & Districts Leagues & Cups

    Bonanza Events

    Recruitment Strategies:

    Intend to create a display board on club nights

    Internal competitions organised in the club

    Word of mouth

    Club Sponsors: Smith Consultants
    Challenges Facing the Club:  Club costings. However, the club hope to raise funds through        sponsorship and fundraising intitiatives to counteract those  costs.
    Future Aspirations for the Club: 

     The club have identified the following components to be their  aspirations moving into the future;

     1. Expand the number of members playing in the club

     2. Raise funds from sponsorship to decrease the overall                membership cost for club members

     3. Targeting to have teams in Div. 3 & 4 of the DDLC in three          years time.

    The next edition of articles on new clubs in 2016/2017 will feature Axis BC and Kilkenny City BC.

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    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • AGM 2017

    23/03/2017 GeneralAGM 2017

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

    Badminton Ireland - Annual General Meeting (AGM) 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 20th May 2017 at 11am.

    The positions of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer are up for election at the forthcoming AGM.

    Nominations and Motions are required to be received by the Badminton Ireland office no later than six (6) weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting i.e. by 17:30 on 6th April, 2017.

    Yours faithfully

    For and on behalf of

    Badminton Ireland


    Michael Watt

    Chief Executive Officer

    Badminton Ireland


  • Lyndon Williams joins exciting line up for the Badminton Ireland Member’s Forum organised for July 22nd/23rd

    21/03/2017 CoachingLyndon Williams joins exciting line up for the Badminton Ireland Member’s Forum organised for July 22nd/23rd

    Following on from the successful member’s forum in 2016 the dates for the 2017 conference are now confirmed. The event will run on July 22nd and 23rd and will cater for all our members. The sessions will provide opportunities for both coaches and players to develop new skills and exchange knowledge.The 2017 conference has a number of new ideas included from the feedback given at last year’s conference. These new ideas along with the lead coaches at this year’s conference should lead to a very exciting weekend of badminton.

  • Umpire Training Courses

    21/03/2017 GeneralUmpire Training Courses

    The court officials group are running two umpire training courses in the upcoming month. The courses being run are free of charge and will be held in Terenure Badminton Centre on Whitehall Road:

    - Monday 10th April, starting at 8pm.

    - Saturday 15th April, starting at 10am. 

    If you or anybody you know is interested in attending the course you can email 

  • Clean sweep for Leinster at the 2017 FZ Forza Inter-provincials

    19/03/2017 EventsClean sweep for Leinster at the 2017 FZ Forza Inter-provincials

    Leinster teams saw off stiff competition on day one of the FZ Forza Irish Inter-Provincials to claim all three titles. Play started at 10 am on Saturday morning in Baldoyle Badminton Centre, Dublin. Under 13, 15 and 17 teams competed throughout the day.

    In the Under 13s all four provinces entered teams to compete for the title. Leinster took on Munster in the opening round, beating the opposing province 8-2. Connacht took on Ulster but ultimately lost the tie 3 matches to 7. Leinster continued their run by beating Connacht 3-7 before facing Ulster in a deciding tie, with both provinces having 2 wins a piece. It was a tightly contested match-up but Leinster proved victories over Ulster to claim the U13 Inter-Provincial title 6 matches to 4.

    The U15s saw teams from Ulster, Munster and Leinster battle it out on court with Leinster taking on Munster in the opening round. Leinster came out on top before Munster took on Ulster. Ultimately it came down to Ulster versus Leinster for the deciding match up but Leinster proved too much for the U15 Ulster team who lost 0-10 games.

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*UPDATED* Swiss Open 2017

Day 3

Sam and Chloe Magee lose out to Olympic Gold medalist Zhang Nan and Li Yunhui 22-20 21-18. The Irish team will now focus their training towards the European Individual championships. Scott Evans, Sam Magee, Joshua Magee, Chloe Magee, Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle will represent Ireland in the event held in Denmark from the 25th to the 30th of April.

Day 2

Sam and Chloe Magee came out victors of their first-round match this morning at the Swiss Open 2017. They beat Lu Ching Yao & Chiang Kai Hsin of Chinese Taipei 22-20 19-21 21-16 with an impressive performance. Sam and Joshua Magee lost out to Olympic Bronze medallists Ellis/Langridge of 21-10 21-14. Scott Evans put up a good fight against All England finalist Shi Yuqi but lost out 21-17 21-13.




Day 1

Great start for Scott Evans at the Swiss Open 2017 as he beat Mikal Rogalski of Poland 21-16 21-19. Joshua Magee lost out to the number 12 seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Scott comes up against world number 10 Shi Yuqi of China in his round of 32 match.

For a full list of the Irish matches click on this link.



The Swiss Open 2017 takes place from the 14th-19th of March. Scott Evans along with Sam, Chloe and Joshua Magee are taking part in this Grand Prix Gold event, one of the toughest events on the calendar. This event always attracts big crowds as spectators come to see some of the top players from across the world. Sam and Joshua have been drawn with a tough opening match of the men's doubles against Olympic Bronze medallists Ellis/Langridge of England. 

For a full list of the draws for the event click on this link.

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Ulster Badminton Coach Workshops

Ulster Badminton are organising a series of workshops for club based coaches focusing on the development of player footwork. The 'Introduction to Footwork to Music' workshop will give coaches practical examples of how to development players footwork in a fun way different to the normal on court methods.

Workshops are free to attend and each coach attending will receive a footwork to music DVD. Anyone interested should contact Ryan Prentice at to book their places.

Details of dates and venues are below:

Wednesday 22/3/17 @ Antrim Forum, 8-9.30pm

Thursday 23/3/17 @ Lisburn Leisure Centre, 7-8.30pm

Wednesday 29/3/17 @ Foyle Arena, 7-8.30pm

Friday 31/3/17 @ Ards Leisure Centre, 7.30-9pm.

We are also delighted to announce that we will be bringing Andy Stewart from North Wales across on Friday 24th March, 7-10pm to deliver a fantastic workshop aimed at coaches working within our clubs. Andy has many years experience working within the game at all levels and with players of all standards. Andy is currently one of the mentors on our Propel Coach Development Programme and is a regular speaker at the annual Badminton Ireland conference. Andy has also spent time in Spain developing skill-based coaching programmes. He has delivered presentations such as; 'What are the playing basics', 'How to error proof players' and most recently at the Badminton Ireland conference on the subject of 'The use of Conditioned Games in developing tactical understanding'.

This is a workshop we at Ulster Badminton are hugely excited about and believe that it can have a positive impact on all our coaches working at a club level.

Please see the attached flyer for details. For more information or to book a place again please contact Ryan Prentice on

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Silver for McVeigh and Farham in Spain

Emma Farnham returned home from competing in the Spanish Para-Badminton International held in Majorca with a silver medal in the women’s doubles SS6 Exhibition and a bronze from the women’s singles.

An overjoyed Emma partnered Poland’s Maria Bartusz to a 21-1 21-7 victory over Daria Bujnicka and Deirdre Nagle, which earned them a silver medal despite losing to the top English pair of Rebecca Bedford and Rachel Choong 21-9 21-5.

The competition had been a very difficult one for the Alpha player losing her opening match against the No.2 seed in the women’s singles SS6 Rebecca Bedford 21-7 21-3 but came back strongly to record a three-set victory over her doubles partner from Poland Maria Bartusz.

After Emma had lost her opening set 21-10 she battled her way back to level by the same score and controlled the later stages of the deciding set 21-14. As a result of finishing runner-up in the group she automatically progressed into the semi-final to meet the top seed Rachel Choong (England) and can be well pleased with her performance.

The enormity of the task facing them in the doubles could hardly have been more difficult as the pair had then to take on two of the top young players in the SS6 class, Isaak Dalglish and Robert Laing who proved too strong for the Farnham/Batusz pairing 21-5 21-6 with their next group stage contest against the top-seeded Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard.

To come away from that encounter after 22 minutes with a score-line of 21-5 21-7 was one which the women doubles partnership can be justifiably pleased with.

Again it didn’t get any better for the Alpha player as she then had to face the top seed in the Women’s Singles SS6 Rachel Choong who went on to lift the title with a 21-10 21-5 victory over Rebecca Bedford.

Whilst there was a major disappointment for Niall McVeigh who has done so much to raise the profile of Para-Badminton here in Ireland and has his ambitions still clearly focussed on the Olympics although it has still not been identified that the very popular SS6 class will be one of the new events Niall nevertheless lifted a silver medal in the Men’s Doubles.

Seeded No.3 with Chun Yim they were able to ease through 21-8 21-5 against Fabien Morat and Joan Pahisa in just 19 minutes and saw off the No.4 seeds from England Rebecca Bedford and Rachael Choong 21-9 21-9 to reach the quarter-finals.

The top women’s pair of Bedford and Choong seeded No.4 ironically had another opportunity to cause an upset against the No.3 seeds but Niall and Chun Yim did enough to see them through 21-3 21-14 to meet the No.2 seeds Oliver Clarke and Andrew Martin who gave them quite a scare taking the opening set 21-17.

The No.3 seeds snatched the second 21-18 and booked their place in the final 21-13 with their reward a clash against the seasoned top seeds Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard who hadn’t dropped a single set in the Men’s Doubles.

The No.3 seeds were able to give the top seeds a run for their money but could not make that vital breakthrough losing 21-16 21-16 in 50 minutes, a win which was also to give Coombs a double haul of gold medals, having beaten Jack Shephard 21-13 22-20 in the final of the singles.

Andrew Moorcroft must have been wondering what he had done to deserve such a draw too, meeting the top seed Krysten Coombs in his opening singles match. But Coombs certainly didn’t have things all his own way against Moorcroft and the score-line does not really do the young Alpha player any justice at all and in his second singles match Moorcroft was to come ever so close to taking the opening set off Fabien Morat only for the French player to win 26-24 21-12.

In the men’s doubles it was the No.2 seeds Oliver Clarke and Andrew Martin who were to inflict a straight sets win over Moorcroft and his partner Alexander Mekhdiev but the pair were able to triumph 21-6 21-54 over Daria Bujnika and Deirdre Nagle and were unfortunate not to take the opening set off the highly rated Isaak Dalglish and Robert Laing.

Stephen Brian Halpin was to put up a spirited fight in his opening clash of the Men’s singles SL4 against the No3/4 seed Raul Anguiano, a match which lasted 31 minutes. The Alpha player was then to end the hopes of Turkey’s Kamal Erdem Orhon, winning the opening set 21-14 and having to seal the match 21-12 after his opponent had leveled by taking the second.

When Sukant Kadam took the opening game of the final match in the group 21-16 Halpin must have really believed that he could turn the game around and he was so very near to taking the match into a deciding set, just falling short of that second set 21-18 which would have been a just reward for his efforts, although with Kadam having reached the semi-final – and only losing to the top seed – may have helped ease the disappointment a little.

In the group stages of the Wheelchair mixed doubles Chris Stewart and Laura Lee Jenkins recorded an excellent win over Manuel Sanchez and Marcella Li Brizzi 21-7 21-5 after a 34 minute encounter but were beaten in straight sets by the No.3/4 seeds Young-Chin Mi and Valeska Knoblaunch while despite a defeat in the Women’s Singles at the hands of the eventual bronze medallist Nina Gorodetzky (Israel), Laura was to record a 21-10 21-18 win over Heidi Manninen. In the women’s doubles partnering Scotland’s Fiona Christie, Laura Lee was to meet the No.2 seeds and eventual bronze medallists Cynthia Mathez/Karin Suter-Erath.

Piece by Brian Kelly.

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