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  • Viking BC marks the start of a new season by achieving Bronze Clubmark award

    20/09/2017 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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  • One Down One To Go

    17/08/2017 One Down One To Go

    U13 players finish off a great week's activities at the first of the Teicnic Badminton Camps being held in Marino Institute of Education. Over 20 players from across the country attended the camp with a packed week full of badminton and other sports.

    Players were welcomed to the camp on Monday and introduced to the camp coaches and leaders they would be following instructions from for the week. Players then went straight onto court where the week's activities got underway. Twice during each of the days, players got the opportunity to get outside for some fresh air where they took part in football, Gaelic, rounders and a variety of other sports. On the first evening, players got to watch a movie and take part in a table quiz consisting of badminton, sport, and general knowledge questions.

    On the second-day players were back on court to further improve on their skills and technical aspects of the game. The improved weather that evening allowed the players to get outside for their evening activity. Lucan Harriers coach Edith Coakley visited the came and led the players for an athletics session. Players got to try out hurdles, relays and 100-meter sprint. The great weather made for a fantastic evening.

    On Wednesday evening, the players got to come along to watch the U17 & Senior Fundraiser/Exhibition which was a great evening of matches.

    On Thursday, the players took their Teicnic test. The levels tested ranged from white to blue. All players were of a very high standard and passed the level they were assessed at. Once again players got to take part in outdoor activities before going for dinner. In the evening players got to take a rest from outdoor activity and watched a film. 

    Friday was the final day of the camp and all players took part in a team tournament. There were some very close matches with one team coming out on top. After the tournament players were presented with their Teicnic shirts. There was also an award for best female and male camper of the week, the prizes for this were a t-shirt belonging to Chloe Magee and Irish Senior team shirt signed by all the players. 

    Female camper of the week was won by Molly Hill and male camper of the week was won by James Fleming. 

    Thank you to all the players and we hope to see you next year. We look forward to welcoming our U15 players next week for the last of our camps.

    For all of the photos from the week click on this link.

  • Active Schools Week

    05/07/2017 Active Schools Week

    The school year has recently drawn to a close, but prior to finishing up many schools participated in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week. This initiative aims to provide fun and inclusive activities for every member of the school community. A vast number of National Governing Bodies (NGB's) are partners and supporters of Active Schools, and Karen Cotter of the organisation emphasised the importance of the involvement of NGB's, "NGBs have an important role to play in supporting schools to introduce children to as wide a variety of physical activity opportunities as possible. ‘One size doesn’t fit all’. If children can find an activity that they’re passionate about they will be much more likely to lead active lives". 

    Badminton Ireland support schools who wish to participate in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week by providing challenge resources, organising school visits with local coaches, and also putting schools in contact with clubs in their region. Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (Tory Island, Donegal), Donagh NS (Carndonagh, Donegal), and Summerhill College (Sligo), were just three of the schools who participated in this year's '5 Star Challenge'. The various components of the '5 Star Challenge' included keepie-uppies, serving into a target, and also the 60 second challenge. With only four pupils in Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (pictured left), they were undoubedtly the smallest school who engaged in this year's challenge, even despite the fact that one of the children had a broken arm! Summerhill College in Sligo recorded the highest overall total for a class of all the schools to partake in the challenge, while Donagh NS had the largest score for a class when combining all the keep-up (forehand, backhand, alternate) challenge results.

    Furthermore, many schools engaged in external coaching with Badminton Ireland licenced coaches, an example of such was Niall Kelly and Simone Higgins completing visits to Scoil Bhride (Donaghmede), Kiltiernan NS, Whitechurch NS, and St. Brigids (Killester). This was replicated by other coaches across the country, and we would like to thank all those who offered their time to expose the game to school children nationwide.

     

    Finally, St. Michael's NS in Ballyfermot were fortunate enough to have three time Olympian Chloe Magee call out to the school to talk about her experiences of being a professional athlete and answer questions about herself, her training, and her lifestyle. This visit was arranged by Irish U17 National Coach, Aisling Ryan, who is currently teaching in the school. It proved to be a really valuable session for all the students, Tori, Lucy, and Katie from 6th class said, "The message that influenced us most was, Chloe said to be the best that you can be, to never give up on our dreams, and to never say 'I can't'". Likewise, Kaitlyn and Alex (4th class) said they found the session inspiring and what stuck out in their minds was when Chloe said, "Not to give up on your dreams and to keep going until you get there by always working hard".

    Follow our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates.

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Cavan Para Taster Session

    29/06/2017 Cavan Para Taster Session

    A first ever Para-Badminton taster session was hosted in Cavan last Wednesday, June 21st, as Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) groups in Cavan and Navan attended a session delivered by Terry Conroy from the Lisburn 2gether Pan Disability club. With the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships beginning the following day, it was an opportune time to introduce the sport to the twenty participants in attendance as they had never previously played the game. Commenting on the significance of the timing of this event, Terry Conroy had this to say, "On the week of the Irish Parabadminton International, this was a great opportunity to introduce badminton to new players who may be at that level in the future. Most of the group had not played badminton before, but a lot of fun was had in picking up some of the basics".

    Moreover, it is important to highlight the essential role the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) play in rolling out these events, as they assist in recruiting participants and locating a suitable venue, while Badminton Ireland aim to ensure there will be a follow-on from the initial session, by contacting local clubs and coaches to encourage them to be actively involved on the day. Ulster Badminton also assisted in the process of recruiting Terry Conroy to lead this particular session. Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) for Cavan/Monaghan, Dean McElroy, touched on some of these points during his assessment of the taster session in Cavan, "On behalf of Cavan Sports Partnership, Sports Inclusion programme, it was fantastic to support such an event in the county and to give people the opportunity to try badminton for the first time locally. Working in partnership with Badminton Ireland and the IWA worked excellently well and we hope to continue this relationship into the future".

    Badminton Ireland are continously striving to increase the number of players participating in Para-Badminton nationwide, and organising this taster session in conjunction with the Cavan Sports Partnership ensured it proved to be a massive success. Terry outlined his hopes for the development of Para-Badminton across the country, "Participation in Parabadminton is always growing, and with the sport making it's Paralympic debut in Tokyo 2020 hopefully there will be a lot more grassroots sessions like this, and more competitive opportunities for all levels". Next up on the calendar for Para-Badminton development, there are three scheduled taster sessions taking place during the months of July and August at all-inclusive summer camps in Dublin and Meath.  

    Finally, this year's Coaches Conference has a very exciting Para-Badminton section, with Lyndon Williams from the Badminton World Federation delivering on-court and classroom Para-Badminton sessions. Additionally, it will be an opportunity to meet some of Ireland's top Para-Badminton players who will be present. This is an event not to be missed and places are filling up quickly so reserve your place to avoid disappointment.

    Follow all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates on our Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Irish players competing at the 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International

    21/06/2017 Irish players competing at the 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International

    The Irish Para-Badminton International Championships takes place in the National Indoor Arena this week between Thursday (June 22nd) and Sunday (June 25th), and there is plenty of interest from an Irish point of view as nine Irish players take to the court to face off against some of the best competitors from around the world.

    Below is an insight into on a number of those competing in Irish colours this week;

    Laura-Lee Jenkins

    Laura-Lee Jenkins first started playing badminton during a summer scheme when she was eight years old. Currently residing in Co. Down, she works as a solicitor on a daily basis. A six time gold medallist at National Championships, Laura notes that her favourite moments in her career to date include winning two bronze medals at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International, along with her fourth place finish at the seventh European Para-Badminton Championships. Laura’s future ambition is to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo when Para-Badminton will be played for the first time at a Paralympic Games. The prospect of competing in the National Indoor Arena really excites Laura and she is privileged, proud, and excited to have the support of the home crowd behind her this week.

    Watch out for Laura-Lee this week as she competes in the WS WH1, WD WH1-WH2, and the XD WH1-WH2 categories.

    Stephen Halpin

    Born in Belfast twenty-three years ago, Stephen has been playing badminton since he was aged seven when his father first introduced him to the game. Stephen, who is a member of Alpha BC in Lisburn, played his first international event in 2013 when he competed at the World Championships in Dortmund. He then followed that World Championship appearance up again when he competed in the same event two years later in Stoke Mandeville. He has an accomplished career to date and has been victorious at the Irish Four Nations Championships in 2012 and 2016. Stephen highlights the influence that coach Eugene McVeigh has had on his career to date, and badminton is now his number one sport having previously played soccer. His opening match victory in the 2013 World Championships ranks as his favourite career moment to date due to the nerves he had playing in his first international tournament. In terms of his future ambitions in the sport, Stephen hopes to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games while he is really looking forward to that special feeling of playing in his home championships this week.

    Watch out for Stephen this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

    Owen Casey

    A native of county Galway, Owen is currently a member of Ballygar BC. Owen first started playing badminton when he was aged nine, and competed for the first time as an Ireland representative at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International where he had a third place finish in the MD event. Being asked to be part of the Irish Para-Badminton team ranks as his favourite moment in his career to date, while Owen also remarks how Eugene McVeigh and the rest of the Irish Para-Badminton team have been hugely influential in terms of helping him develop as a player in recent years. The real attraction of the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships in Dublin for Owen is that he gets the opportunity to watch, and compete, against some of the top players from around the globe. Owen hopes to continue to raise the profile of Para-Badminton in Ireland in every possible way.

    Watch out for Owen this week as he competes in the MS SU5 category.

    Wayne Brereton

    Wayne was first introduced to badminton by his neighbour Liz at eighteen years of age. He then played socially for a number of years, but at this year’s Irish Para-Badminton International he will make his debut at international level. A member of the Portarlington Parochial BC, Wayne is currently employed as an OPW tour guide at one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks, Kilmainham Gaol. On a personal level his primary target is to continuously improve every time he takes to the court, but he also recognises the importance of the sport being enjoyable as it is number one piece of advice for up and coming players.

    Watch out for Wayne this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

    In addition to the four competitors above, Niall McVeigh, Chris Stewart, Michael Smith, Emma Farnham, and Cormac Harmon will all be in action throughout the week.

    For all the latest information and tournament updates be sure to follow Badminton Ireland Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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One Down One To Go

U13 players finish off a great week's activities at the first of the Teicnic Badminton Camps being held in Marino Institute of Education. Over 20 players from across the country attended the camp with a packed week full of badminton and other sports.

Players were welcomed to the camp on Monday and introduced to the camp coaches and leaders they would be following instructions from for the week. Players then went straight onto court where the week's activities got underway. Twice during each of the days, players got the opportunity to get outside for some fresh air where they took part in football, Gaelic, rounders and a variety of other sports. On the first evening, players got to watch a movie and take part in a table quiz consisting of badminton, sport, and general knowledge questions.

On the second-day players were back on court to further improve on their skills and technical aspects of the game. The improved weather that evening allowed the players to get outside for their evening activity. Lucan Harriers coach Edith Coakley visited the came and led the players for an athletics session. Players got to try out hurdles, relays and 100-meter sprint. The great weather made for a fantastic evening.

On Wednesday evening, the players got to come along to watch the U17 & Senior Fundraiser/Exhibition which was a great evening of matches.

On Thursday, the players took their Teicnic test. The levels tested ranged from white to blue. All players were of a very high standard and passed the level they were assessed at. Once again players got to take part in outdoor activities before going for dinner. In the evening players got to take a rest from outdoor activity and watched a film. 

Friday was the final day of the camp and all players took part in a team tournament. There were some very close matches with one team coming out on top. After the tournament players were presented with their Teicnic shirts. There was also an award for best female and male camper of the week, the prizes for this were a t-shirt belonging to Chloe Magee and Irish Senior team shirt signed by all the players. 

Female camper of the week was won by Molly Hill and male camper of the week was won by James Fleming. 

Thank you to all the players and we hope to see you next year. We look forward to welcoming our U15 players next week for the last of our camps.

For all of the photos from the week click on this link.

Active Schools Week

The school year has recently drawn to a close, but prior to finishing up many schools participated in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week. This initiative aims to provide fun and inclusive activities for every member of the school community. A vast number of National Governing Bodies (NGB's) are partners and supporters of Active Schools, and Karen Cotter of the organisation emphasised the importance of the involvement of NGB's, "NGBs have an important role to play in supporting schools to introduce children to as wide a variety of physical activity opportunities as possible. ‘One size doesn’t fit all’. If children can find an activity that they’re passionate about they will be much more likely to lead active lives". 

Badminton Ireland support schools who wish to participate in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week by providing challenge resources, organising school visits with local coaches, and also putting schools in contact with clubs in their region. Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (Tory Island, Donegal), Donagh NS (Carndonagh, Donegal), and Summerhill College (Sligo), were just three of the schools who participated in this year's '5 Star Challenge'. The various components of the '5 Star Challenge' included keepie-uppies, serving into a target, and also the 60 second challenge. With only four pupils in Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (pictured left), they were undoubedtly the smallest school who engaged in this year's challenge, even despite the fact that one of the children had a broken arm! Summerhill College in Sligo recorded the highest overall total for a class of all the schools to partake in the challenge, while Donagh NS had the largest score for a class when combining all the keep-up (forehand, backhand, alternate) challenge results.

Furthermore, many schools engaged in external coaching with Badminton Ireland licenced coaches, an example of such was Niall Kelly and Simone Higgins completing visits to Scoil Bhride (Donaghmede), Kiltiernan NS, Whitechurch NS, and St. Brigids (Killester). This was replicated by other coaches across the country, and we would like to thank all those who offered their time to expose the game to school children nationwide.

 

Finally, St. Michael's NS in Ballyfermot were fortunate enough to have three time Olympian Chloe Magee call out to the school to talk about her experiences of being a professional athlete and answer questions about herself, her training, and her lifestyle. This visit was arranged by Irish U17 National Coach, Aisling Ryan, who is currently teaching in the school. It proved to be a really valuable session for all the students, Tori, Lucy, and Katie from 6th class said, "The message that influenced us most was, Chloe said to be the best that you can be, to never give up on our dreams, and to never say 'I can't'". Likewise, Kaitlyn and Alex (4th class) said they found the session inspiring and what stuck out in their minds was when Chloe said, "Not to give up on your dreams and to keep going until you get there by always working hard".

Follow our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates.

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

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Cavan Para Taster Session

A first ever Para-Badminton taster session was hosted in Cavan last Wednesday, June 21st, as Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) groups in Cavan and Navan attended a session delivered by Terry Conroy from the Lisburn 2gether Pan Disability club. With the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships beginning the following day, it was an opportune time to introduce the sport to the twenty participants in attendance as they had never previously played the game. Commenting on the significance of the timing of this event, Terry Conroy had this to say, "On the week of the Irish Parabadminton International, this was a great opportunity to introduce badminton to new players who may be at that level in the future. Most of the group had not played badminton before, but a lot of fun was had in picking up some of the basics".

Moreover, it is important to highlight the essential role the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) play in rolling out these events, as they assist in recruiting participants and locating a suitable venue, while Badminton Ireland aim to ensure there will be a follow-on from the initial session, by contacting local clubs and coaches to encourage them to be actively involved on the day. Ulster Badminton also assisted in the process of recruiting Terry Conroy to lead this particular session. Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) for Cavan/Monaghan, Dean McElroy, touched on some of these points during his assessment of the taster session in Cavan, "On behalf of Cavan Sports Partnership, Sports Inclusion programme, it was fantastic to support such an event in the county and to give people the opportunity to try badminton for the first time locally. Working in partnership with Badminton Ireland and the IWA worked excellently well and we hope to continue this relationship into the future".

Badminton Ireland are continously striving to increase the number of players participating in Para-Badminton nationwide, and organising this taster session in conjunction with the Cavan Sports Partnership ensured it proved to be a massive success. Terry outlined his hopes for the development of Para-Badminton across the country, "Participation in Parabadminton is always growing, and with the sport making it's Paralympic debut in Tokyo 2020 hopefully there will be a lot more grassroots sessions like this, and more competitive opportunities for all levels". Next up on the calendar for Para-Badminton development, there are three scheduled taster sessions taking place during the months of July and August at all-inclusive summer camps in Dublin and Meath.  

Finally, this year's Coaches Conference has a very exciting Para-Badminton section, with Lyndon Williams from the Badminton World Federation delivering on-court and classroom Para-Badminton sessions. Additionally, it will be an opportunity to meet some of Ireland's top Para-Badminton players who will be present. This is an event not to be missed and places are filling up quickly so reserve your place to avoid disappointment.

Follow all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates on our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

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Development overview

The Badminton Ireland team is committed to facilitating participation in the sport across the 32 counties. This is achieved by focusing on the development of all facets of badminton, with a special focus on the growth of existing clubs, the creation of new clubs and facilitating opportunities to play in all levels of educational facilities across the country.

For any further information on development please contact the Badminton Ireland office development@badmintonireland.com or +353 1 839 3028