New Format for National Graded Events
03 October 2018
The 2018/19 season will see a new format for the National Graded Events between Grades B to H.
All finals will be held on the 18th May 2019 at a showcase event at the National Indoor Arena. Players competing across the 7 grades will be playing on a one day Graded event up to and including the Semi-Finals for the chance to compete at the Inaugural FZ Forza Irish Graded Finals Day. All matches on the Finals Day will be played in an arena set-up within the National Indoor Arena on four Irish Open matted courts with every match being streamed on the Badminton Ireland YouTube page. All players who reach the finals will be included in a Finals Programme which will promote the match as well as highlight their journey to the Final, these programmes will be available online and at the hall. All spectators will receive a programme upon entry.
After the event there will be a prize giving ceremony at the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown where there will be a reception and players will be presented awards from the Badminton Ireland President and any VIP guests that may be attending on the day.
Badminton Ireland are introducing this event to create a unique experience for club players throughout the country. The concept is for players to experience an international standard of event, which will create a lasting memory with that player. All players will be encouraged to bring as many friends and family to share this experience and create an atmosphere at the arena. All spectators will be able to attend free of charge at the venue and are welcome to attend the prize giving ceremony at the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown. The Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown have also provided Badminton Ireland with a discounted hotel rate for anyone wishing to stay at the hotel after the prize giving.
Graded Events are as Follows:
Grade B - 23rd March 2019 - National Indoor Arena
Grade C - 15th December 2018 - Baldoyle Badminton Centre
Grade D - 23rd February 2019 - Baldoyle Badminton Centre
Grade E - 23rd March 2019 - National Indoor Arena
Grade F - 15th December 2018 - Baldoyle Badminton Centre
Grade G - 23rd February 2019 - Marino Institute of Education
Grade H - 23rd March 2019 - National Indoor Arena