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  • Para trajectory rises with taster sessions in Louth and Meath

    23/08/2018 Para trajectory rises with taster sessions in Louth and Meath

    These are exciting times for Para-Badminton in Ireland and the trajectory of the sport continues to rise with recent taster sessions hosted in Louth and Meath. Both of these events were organised in collaboration with the respective Local Sports Partnerships in those counties, and delivered as part of their annual inclusive summer Camps. 

    Badminton Europe qualified Para-Badminton coach Craig McCourtney made the trip to Navan to deliver a session in the home venue of Navan Para-Badminton Club for a group of fourteen participants. In addition to Craig's presence, there was also assistance from volunteers of the Navan Para-Badminton Club, an the importance of this club link on the day is pivotal in providing a pathway for those interested in getting involved in the sport. It proved to be a hugely enjoyable session and Craig had this to say about the event, "There was some great talent on display among an inspirational group of players. Hopefully the Para club in Navan will receive some further interest from today's participants to further compliment the exceptional work they do in promoting Para-Badminton in their region".

    Likewise, Badminton Ireland Development Manager, Fiach Andrews, travelled to Dundalk for the taster session delivered in collaboration with the Louth Sports Partnership. Seventeen enthusiastic camp attendees participated in the taster, with roughly half the group playing for the first time. Moreover, a fantastic facility in Dundalk Sports Centre, Muirhevnamore, provided the ideal setting for this session. 

    "The recent taster sessions in Louth and Meath have gone really well and exposing the sport to over thirty new participants adds to the continued upward trajectory that Para-Badminton is on in Ireland. These are really exciting times for the sport as we edge closer to its debut in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and the growth of the game at grassroots level in Ireland is rising as evident in the progress seen with various groups in Lisburn, Donegal, Navan, Dublin, and Tipperary. Hopefully our structures for Para-Badminton can continue to grow in the coming seasons and become more sustainable year after year". Fiach Andrews, Development Manager

    Finally, it must be stated that it was excellent to have Performance Para Coach Leslie Dewart present recently at the 2018 Coaches Conference. Leslie gave an insight into his coaching journey as well as discussing some of his work alongside Ireland's top Para-Badminton players in Ulster, including his recent trip to the Thailand Para International with Niall McVeigh, as he strives to qualify for Tokyo 2020. This was a nice get to know session for the Conference attendees as they familiarised themselves with Leslie, but also got a follow-on from the 2017 Conference where BWF Para-Badminton expert Lyndon Williams delivered theoretical and practical Para-Badminton coaching components.

    For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Manager

  • Cork School Blitz event proves to be a success

    01/06/2018 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.

    For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Club Profiling and Club Development Plans

    14/05/2018 Club Profiling and Club Development Plans

    The 2017/2018 season is nearing its conclusion as clubs nationwide begin to wind down on activities. Whilst many clubs will take a break for a number of weeks, others will kickstart their summer clubs to continue playing in the coming months. Details of those clubs will be gathered and available on the Badminton Ireland website from June onwards.

    This stage of the year offers clubs the opportunity to review their club practices as a whole, assess what aspects of the organisation are going well, what can be improved, and determine how to improve these components. With this in mind we are publishing this particular news article to assist clubs in reviewing their club practices by conducting club profiling, which in turn will aid them to conduct a (S)trengths (W)eaknesses (O)pportunities (T)hreats analysis of their club practices.

    Reviewing club practices under the headings of Governance, Development, Coaching, Membership, Safeguarding, Club Income, Public Relations, Partnerships, Inclusiveness, and Events, will enable the club to identify areas of strengths and required improvements across various facets of their organisation. Once this step is completed clubs can begin to roadmap the direction they wish to take in the short, medium, and long-term by outlining its vision, mission, and through setting objectives to help the club reach the level which the club and its members have set out for it in its development plan.

    A club development plan is not only useful for providing direction for the club and its members, but having a plan documented is also massively advantageous for clubs who intend to submit funding applications to various bodies (e.g. Sports Capital Grant, Local Community Funding through Local Sports Partnerships etc.).

    The Club Profiling and Club Development Planning document is available here.

    In addition to this a variety of resources for development can be found on the new Club Development Initiative page on the website.

    Any clubs who would like assistance in conducting club profiling, or require guidance and suggestions in creating a club development strategy, can email fandrews@badmintonireland.com.  

    For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

     

     

  • Active School's Week

    09/05/2018 Active School's Week

    Two school's visited in the Southeast as part of active school's week. Read more........

     

     

     

  • Badminton League Returns to Mayo

    09/05/2018 Badminton League Returns to Mayo

    Badminton Ireland and Mayo Badminton Association Welcome Back the Return of the Mayo Leagues

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Para trajectory rises with taster sessions in Louth and Meath

These are exciting times for Para-Badminton in Ireland and the trajectory of the sport continues to rise with recent taster sessions hosted in Louth and Meath. Both of these events were organised in collaboration with the respective Local Sports Partnerships in those counties, and delivered as part of their annual inclusive summer Camps. 

Badminton Europe qualified Para-Badminton coach Craig McCourtney made the trip to Navan to deliver a session in the home venue of Navan Para-Badminton Club for a group of fourteen participants. In addition to Craig's presence, there was also assistance from volunteers of the Navan Para-Badminton Club, an the importance of this club link on the day is pivotal in providing a pathway for those interested in getting involved in the sport. It proved to be a hugely enjoyable session and Craig had this to say about the event, "There was some great talent on display among an inspirational group of players. Hopefully the Para club in Navan will receive some further interest from today's participants to further compliment the exceptional work they do in promoting Para-Badminton in their region".

Likewise, Badminton Ireland Development Manager, Fiach Andrews, travelled to Dundalk for the taster session delivered in collaboration with the Louth Sports Partnership. Seventeen enthusiastic camp attendees participated in the taster, with roughly half the group playing for the first time. Moreover, a fantastic facility in Dundalk Sports Centre, Muirhevnamore, provided the ideal setting for this session. 

"The recent taster sessions in Louth and Meath have gone really well and exposing the sport to over thirty new participants adds to the continued upward trajectory that Para-Badminton is on in Ireland. These are really exciting times for the sport as we edge closer to its debut in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and the growth of the game at grassroots level in Ireland is rising as evident in the progress seen with various groups in Lisburn, Donegal, Navan, Dublin, and Tipperary. Hopefully our structures for Para-Badminton can continue to grow in the coming seasons and become more sustainable year after year". Fiach Andrews, Development Manager

Finally, it must be stated that it was excellent to have Performance Para Coach Leslie Dewart present recently at the 2018 Coaches Conference. Leslie gave an insight into his coaching journey as well as discussing some of his work alongside Ireland's top Para-Badminton players in Ulster, including his recent trip to the Thailand Para International with Niall McVeigh, as he strives to qualify for Tokyo 2020. This was a nice get to know session for the Conference attendees as they familiarised themselves with Leslie, but also got a follow-on from the 2017 Conference where BWF Para-Badminton expert Lyndon Williams delivered theoretical and practical Para-Badminton coaching components.

For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Manager

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.

For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

Club Profiling and Club Development Plans

The 2017/2018 season is nearing its conclusion as clubs nationwide begin to wind down on activities. Whilst many clubs will take a break for a number of weeks, others will kickstart their summer clubs to continue playing in the coming months. Details of those clubs will be gathered and available on the Badminton Ireland website from June onwards.

This stage of the year offers clubs the opportunity to review their club practices as a whole, assess what aspects of the organisation are going well, what can be improved, and determine how to improve these components. With this in mind we are publishing this particular news article to assist clubs in reviewing their club practices by conducting club profiling, which in turn will aid them to conduct a (S)trengths (W)eaknesses (O)pportunities (T)hreats analysis of their club practices.

Reviewing club practices under the headings of Governance, Development, Coaching, Membership, Safeguarding, Club Income, Public Relations, Partnerships, Inclusiveness, and Events, will enable the club to identify areas of strengths and required improvements across various facets of their organisation. Once this step is completed clubs can begin to roadmap the direction they wish to take in the short, medium, and long-term by outlining its vision, mission, and through setting objectives to help the club reach the level which the club and its members have set out for it in its development plan.

A club development plan is not only useful for providing direction for the club and its members, but having a plan documented is also massively advantageous for clubs who intend to submit funding applications to various bodies (e.g. Sports Capital Grant, Local Community Funding through Local Sports Partnerships etc.).

The Club Profiling and Club Development Planning document is available here.

In addition to this a variety of resources for development can be found on the new Club Development Initiative page on the website.

Any clubs who would like assistance in conducting club profiling, or require guidance and suggestions in creating a club development strategy, can email fandrews@badmintonireland.com.  

For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

 

 

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Development overview

Badminton Ireland is committed to facilitating participation in the sport across the 32 counties of Ireland. 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 further information on development please contact Badminton Ireland Development Officer, Fiach Andrews, via email (development@badmintonireland.com), or by phone +353 1 839 3028.