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General

Office Closure

Due to the recent developments with Hurricane Ophelia and to ensure the safety of all the staff we have decided to close the Badminton Irelands offices on Monday 16th of October. As a result our phones will be down. The Badminton Ireland staff will work remotely where possible and should any of our members need urgent assistance please email info@badmintonireland.com or contact us via Social Media, both of which will be monitored throughout the day.

We hope that you all remain safe.

Ulster

FZ Ulster Open

The FZ Ulster Open will beat Lisburn Racquets Club on the 14th/15th October. Read below for a preview from Ulster Badminton.

 

Ciaran and Sinead Chambers from Lisburn's Alpha Club head the local challenge in this weekend's FZ Forza Ulster Open Badminton Championships at the NBC Lisburn. Together they are top seeds in the mixed doubles and defend the title while Sinead defends the women doubles title partnering Dubliner Jennie King and Ciaran teams up with Mark Brady to take the top seeding in the men’s doubles.

Ciaran said,' We are aiming for Commonwealth Games selection and the Ulster event comes midway through a busy international Programme. We were delighted with our mixed doubles title win in the Lithuanian International earlier in the season and we will take in the Scottish, Welsh and Irish International Championships over the next six weeks.'

Unseeded Ulster players to watch on Saturday and Sunday include the experienced Tony Murphy and Tony Stephenson in the men’s doubles and twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods, Ireland’s top Under -17 pair, in the women doubles.

 

The weekends play, which also includes the Ulster Under 11 and Under 15 Championships, will be preceded by an Ulster Exhibition Night at the Racquets Club on the Friday evening starting at 7.30. It is to raise money for the Ulster Senior team in Division One of the English Inter County League and Ciaran Chambers has put together an outstanding evening of fun and competition hosted by Denise Watson of UIO5.

High Performance

2017 National squad player registration deadline extended to Sunday October 8th

We would like to inform you that application for the 2017-18 National squads has been extended. For this season's squads, players can register by printing the registration form by clicking on this link. The completed registration form should be sent to Badminton Ireland along with the opening squad fee (€15) by September 15th (Extended to Sunday, October 8th). This should be sent to Badminton Ireland, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

If there is any reason why a player may be unavailable to attend the opening squad please contact coaching@badmintonireland.com.

The squad locations and times can be seen in below table

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General

UPDATE: In Memory Of

*Details of Peadar Connolly's funeral arrangements can be found HERE

 

I am very sad to let our members know that Breda Connolly’s husband, Peadar, passed away yesterday evening.

 

Throughout her terms as President of Badminton Ireland Breda toured the country, week in and week out, year after year with Peadar - Breda’s unpaid chauffeur and constant companion - by her side. Apart from his willingness to drive the length and breadth of the country at all hours of the day and night, Peadar always had a smile and a kind word for everyone who met him at events from Donegal to Skibereen, from Galway to Dublin. He was great company, and those who passed entire weekends with him, often in cold halls, enjoyed the time that flew quickly by.

 

Ever the family man, last May, when Breda received her Honorary Life Membership, Peadar organised for the entire extended family members to make a surprise appearance at the presentation to make Breda’s day more special. We will all miss Peadar, and the badminton circuit will be poorer by his absence.

 

On behalf of Badminton Ireland, I’d like to offer our condolences to Breda and her family and to let them know that our thoughts are with them at this sad time.

 

Ronan Rooney

 

Chairperson

Badminton Ireland

 

High Performance

Nguyen and Reynolds polish off with gold in Poland

Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds have secured their first ever International senior title by winning the 2017 Polish International series event. The Irish pair who are still both in their teens defied all odds on Sunday by beating the number two seeds and much more experienced pairing of Daniel Benz and Andreas Heinz. 

On their way to the final the Irish beat pairings from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ukraine and England before they met the seeded German pairing. The final itself was a tough contest with Nguyen and Reynolds winning the opening game 21-19. The Irish maintained a narrow lead throughout the second game but it took them 5 match points before they finally took the victory. After the win, Paul spoke to Badminton Europe

Towards the end it was very nervy” explained Reynolds “We squandered a few match points but always stayed composed. It was a big relief to finally close out the match in two games. We have put a lot of hard work into this victory and we will now push on and aim for bigger things”. 

This result has come on a good run of form from the Irish with Nhat Nguyen reaching the semifinal of Belgium international challenge last week. In the same event, Scott Evans with his Swedish partner Amanda Hogstrom took silver in the mixed.

"It is great to see so many Irish players competing so well on the World stage. We are confident in the system we have in place in Ireland at the moment. The players have a great work ethic and our coaching team led by National coach John Quinn is putting in some great work. I am delighted to see these young players who have grown up training through our pathway breakthrough at Senior level. I am also looking forward to seeing these players and other Irish competitors in the upcoming International events" Performance Pathway coach Daniel Magee

For a full list of the Irish results from the event click here

 

 

 

Development

Viking 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 development@badmintonireland.com.

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20/09/2017-MunsterNenagh U19 Open
19/09/2017-High PerformanceTwo Silver for Ireland at the World Senior Championships
15/09/2017-High PerformanceFantastic Week For Irish Badminton So Far
15/09/2017-High PerformanceSemi final places up for grabs at Senior World Championships in Kochi
13/09/2017-UlsterRachael Woods runner up in Malmo
13/09/2017-MunsterMunster U11 & U15 Open
11/09/2017-GeneralSam and Chloe Magee feature in Sport Ireland Family Sport-fest launch
08/09/2017-CoachingLevel 2 coach education course places now available
06/09/2017-CoachingCoaches Licence Renewal for 2017/2018 Season
06/09/2017-EventsGrading 2017/2018 Season

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