• National Governance Officer Role

    14/06/2018 GeneralNational Governance Officer Role

    Badminton Ireland is delighted to announce a vacancy for a full-time National Governance Officer to start immediately. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a vibrant, sporting organisation with an Olympic focus and an excellent opportunity to gain experience and pursue a career in the sporting or administration domain. There are excellent opportunities to progress within the Organisation.

    The role of the governance officer will be to implement and review Badminton Ireland's policies (Safeguarding, Complaints, etc) and act as a liaison to our members on issues such as Child protection. The suitable candidate with have excellent written and verbal communication and be able to deliver talks and training sessions to our members. They should also be proficient in editing and proofreading policies.

    Badminton Ireland works with its stakeholders across Ireland to increase participation and improve the quality of the sporting experience for participants. The ideal candidate will be able to work as part of a team but also independently. This is an office-based role but due to the nature of the sporting industry, some evening and weekend work may be necessary.

    Please submit a detailed cover letter and CV to using the subject line National Governance Officer Role before close of business on the 29th of June 2018.


    Job Description


    Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

    Job-Based: Irish Sports H.Q, Dublin

    Salary: Competitive



    • Familiarisation with Children First (ROI) and Our Duty to Care (NI) to ensure they can act as an information source to other members of Badminton Ireland.
    • Familiarisation with vetting procedure - Garda Vetting (ROI) and Access NI (NI).
    • To act as a resource to members in relation to child protection, governance, etc.
    • Co-ordination of training for others (Branches, Counties, Clubs).
    • The promotion of the values, attitudes and structures which make sport enjoyable for all.
    • Circulation of all relevant information and resource materials on governance to clubs and affiliates of Badminton Ireland.
    • Communication with Club Safeguarding Officers to ensure the distribution of relevant policies and the promotion of related education programmes, materials, events and Badminton Ireland-related codes.
    • Liaise with Branches and clubs to examine the rules, regulations and structures to ensure that they are child centred, e.g. equal playing time, appropriate competition structures, bullying policy etc.
    • Liaise with Branches and clubs to ensure drop-out rates and transfers are monitored so that unusual developments or trends can be addressed, including the transfer of sports leaders (coaches, team managers, officers, etc.).
    • Development of a system of record keeping which maintains confidentiality while allowing for appropriate information to be passed to relevant authorities where necessary.
    • Monitor and update policies and procedures in line with good governance/legislation. Ensure updates are communicated and training made available where necessary.
    • Ensuring that the Badminton Ireland develops an appropriate, sport-specific code, which includes a policy statement, codes of conduct, disciplinary procedures, bullying policy, safety statement, recruitment and selection policy and reporting procedures
    • To act as the first point of contact for all Safeguarding enquiries.
    • Proactively promote governance related campaigns to all stakeholders, for example, anti-bullying, GDPR, Complaints Management.


    Candidates should note that this list does not represent an exhaustive list and is subject to change as the job requires.

    This position will require at times an amount of weekend availability with working hours spread over the week.


       Essential  Desirable



    Qualifications & Attainments

    Certificate of attendance at a Safeguarding/Child Protection in Sport or the equivalent workshop.

    Hold a Child Protection Tutor qualification or equivalent.   
    Computer literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office including Word and  Excel. Third Level qualification.
    Fluent in the English language.  


    Relevant Experience & Knowledge


    Experience in a similar role. Two years' experience in a similar role.
    Understanding of safeguarding/child protection procedures and policies as it applies to sports clubs. Be an existing Badminton Ireland member, with experience in dealing with young people.
    Understanding of behaviour which is harmful to children - thresholds of 'poor practice' - 'abusive behaviour'.

    Knowledge of Policy and Procedure development.

    Experience working with volunteers.  


     Special Aptitudes

    Excellent literary and communication skills with the ability to produce clear, concise reports. Existing Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer in any sporting club.
    Proven record of working to a deadline.
    Excellent organisational skills.



    General Aptitudes

    Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel (such as young people, volunteers teachers, coaches and parents).
    Ability to be self-motivated, resourceful, work on own initiative in a flexible and co-operative manner.
    Ability to demonstrate confidence, empathy, enthusiasm and initiative.




    Ability to work out of normal office hours.
    Be prepared to undertake training in any relevant job-related area.
    Full driving license.


  • Irish Masters Team Finish 7th at Forza Nations Cup

    13/06/2018 High PerformanceIrish Masters Team Finish 7th at Forza Nations Cup

    The Irish Master's team finished an impressive 7th at the 2018 Forza Nations Cup held in France. The Forza Nations Cup is a doubles only competition where each team will play one WD, one MD and two XD in each age group: +40, +45, +50, +55, +60.

    In the group stages Ireland was in a tough group with France & Denmark but had some great matches and narrowly missed coming 2nd losing out to France by 1 point.

    This put them in the playoff positions for 7th, 8th & 9th and after 2 great wins against Austria & Switzerland Ireland finished in 7th position.

    A major highlight for the Irish team was the over 60's Women's doubles remaining undefeated throughout the tournament.

    For more photos and information on the event follow the link to the event Facebook Page.

    The Irish Masters Team:

    40's Men- Jonathan Perry & Andrew Fenner

    40's Women- Gillian Grimes, Jayne Orr & Georgina Ward

    45's Men- Shane Guildea & Willie Stevenson

    45's Women- Siobhan Grehan & Sylvia Campion

    50's Men- Ian Young & Simon Thompson

    50's Women- Brenda Murray Flynn & Julia Dunlop

    55's Men- Kieran McMahon & Gerard Kenna

    55's Women- Pam Peard & Sian Williams

    60's Men- Joe Wright & Joe Abbott

    60's Women-  Christine Graham, Mary Bird & Doreen McClements

  • Baldoyle Academy Cell Summer Coaching

    11/06/2018 CoachingBaldoyle Academy Cell Summer Coaching

    The Badminton Ireland Academy Cell in Baldoyle is accepting players for summer coaching from June-September. The Cell currently runs once a week in Baldoyle Badminton Centre on a Wednesday with fully licenced and qualified coaches leading the sessions.

    The aim of the cell is to encourage players to improve themselves and take their skills to the next level, feeding into the BI Academy system.

    BI Academy Cells extend the quality coaching and training environment and bring it to a wider pool of players. It offers players a high coach-to-player ratio, quality facilities and access to the Badminton Ireland High-Performance Coaching team.

    There are limited places available so, please email for enquiries or phone the office on 01 839 3028.

  • Three Bronze Medals for Ireland in Lithuania

    11/06/2018 High PerformanceThree Bronze Medals for Ireland in Lithuania

    There were some impressive results form Irish players at the 2018 Lithuanian International. Joshua Magee won a bronze medal in the men's singles and won a bronze medal along with  Paul Reynolds in the men's doubles.

    Reynolds and Magee beat Poland’s Konrad Ploch and Dominik Zietek 21-11 17-21 21-10, then they were also victorious against Denmark’s Rasmus Esperson and Sebastian Gronbjerg 21-18 21-15 to book a place in the semi-final of the event. They were beaten in the semi-final by Russian pair Egor Kurdyukov and Egor Okolov 18-21 21-13 21-15.

    In the singles, Joshua Magee defeated England’s David Jones 21-14 21-23 21-18 before overcoming Belgian Julien Carraggi 24-22 22-20 and another Belgian Elias Bracke 23-21 21-13. This set up Joshua a place in the semi-final. Joshua pressed the number one seed Felix Burestedt from Sweden all the way but lost out 22-20 13-21 15-21.

    In the mixed doubles, Rachael Darragh and Paul Reynolds overcame Americans Pedro Arturo Garcia-Flores and Jacqueline Wendy Myers 21-6 21-13, but Ukraine’s Artem Tkachuk and Anna Mikhalkova knocked them out with a scoreline of 23-21 20-22 21-19.

    In the women’s singles, Rachael Darragh lost out to Alesia Zaitsava of Belarus 21-9 21-11. Jonathan Dolan lost out in the singles qualification to Henri Hurskainen 21-17 21-19.

    For full results from this event click on this link. 


  • Badminton Europe Senior Manager Role - High Performance and Development

    11/06/2018 GeneralBadminton Europe Senior Manager Role - High Performance and Development

    Badminton Europe is the Continental Confederation administering the sport of badminton in Europe. There are currently 9 full-time employees backing up an elected Board of Directors of 14 Directors and 52 Member Associations. The new employment reflects a restructure in the office and an increased activity level. Information on the organization can be found on 

    The Senior Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the Development and High-Performance areas within Badminton Europe, including oversight of the BEC Centre of Excellence, Development Programmes, Member Structures, Para-Badminton and Women in Badminton.]

    Please click on this link for the full job description. 

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Want to become a Para-Badminton Classifier?

Badminton Ireland are teaming up with BWF and Paralympics Ireland in the search for more classifiers across Ireland.


The course will run In conjunction with the FZ Forza Irish Para Badminton International. There will be a three day classification course that will see participants interact with BWF staff in classroom sessions as well as experiencing first hand a classification process. Participants will also be able to experience an on-court observation of the competition. 


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Cork School Blitz event proves to be a success

Eigthy children attended the primary school blitz event held in Neptune Stadium, Cork city, as part of the 2018 Cork School's Programme on Tuesday last. Bunscoil Rinn an Chablaigh, Clondrohid NS, and Scoil Iosagan Aghada were the schools who participated on the day, having completed a number of weeks training internally within their schools after some of their teachers attended the Shuttle Time course on March 14th in Bishopstown Community School.

Participants were treated to a combination of fundamental movement skills, elements of the Badminton Ireland White Teicnic programme, skills stations, and matches over the course of the day. Tania O’Flynn (Level 1 and Badminton Ireland Licenced Coach), excelled in the organisation and delivery of the skills stations and Teicnic drills, and all the children responded hugely to her energy and enthusiasm.

Furthermore, it was evident that the participation and social emphasis placed on the blitz day resulted in an enjoyable environment and maximised the experience of the blitz for the participating children. With this event being the first exposure to formal badminton for many of the participants, this conscious approach was taken by Badminton Ireland and the Cork Sports Partnership with an aim to providing a setting that allowed for participant learning and development outside the remit of competition.

Overall the 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme is an initiative which has proven to be a massive success due to the collaboration and support of the Cork Sports Partnership. Their engagement, communication, and planning, throughout the programme with all stakeholders was of the highest quality, and creating an effective partnership with them has ensured there are solid foundations in place for continued work between Badminton Ireland and the Cork Sports Partnership moving into the future.

A particular note of thanks must go to Maurice O’Sullivan, James Kirby, all the Cork Sports Partnership volunteers, and Tania O'Flynn for ensuring the blitz day ran so smoothly. Additionally, the support of Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Fund has been essential in the implementation of this project, and without their assistance this project would not have been possible.

Badminton Ireland look forward to rolling this project out to further regions between September and December 2018. To register your schools interest complete the Google Doc. at the following link.

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Fiach Andrews

Development Officer


Men's singles
1  Nhat Nguyen13,850
2  Joshua Magee9,410
3  Scott Evans7,755
4  Jack O'Brien6,930
5  Mark Brady5,920
6  Jonathan Dolan5,850
7  Adam McAllister4,880
8  Sam McKay4,300
9  Nigel Boyne4,050
10  Callum Thomas4,010
Women's singles
1  Rachael Darragh7,119
2  Moya Ryan6,550
3  Kate Frost6,145
4  Rebecca Woods5,260
5  Rachael Woods4,960
6  Orla Flynn3,040
7  Sara Boyle2,370
8  Chloe Magee2,183
9  Keady Smith2,090
10  Niamh Gannon1,620
Men's doubles
1  Sam Magee11,850
2  Joshua Magee11,830
3  Paul Reynolds10,350
4  Nhat Nguyen9,000
5  Adam McAllister6,580
6  Daniel Magee6,210
7  Mark Brady6,020
8  Ciaran Chambers6,020
9  Sam McKay5,950
10  Brian O'Mahony5,730
Women's doubles
1  Jennie King8,570
2  Moya Ryan7,220
3  Rachael Darragh7,210
4  Sara Boyle7,210
5  Kate Frost6,650
6  Rebecca Woods6,440
7  Sinead Chambers6,150
8  Vicki Pesti5,120
9  Chloe Magee4,733
10  Rachael Woods4,720
Mixed doubles
1  Chloe Magee21,870
1  Sam Magee21,870
3  Ciaran Chambers9,280
3  Sinead Chambers9,280
5  Scott Evans8,370
6  Rachael Darragh7,550
7  Jennie King7,020
7  Daniel Magee7,020
9  Paul Reynolds6,730
10  Adam McAllister4,950

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