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  • 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.  

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    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

  • 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

    26/03/2018 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

    The launch of the new Badminton Ireland/Cork Sports Partnership schools badminton programme occurred last week with the hosting of a Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown Community School in Cork city. This programme, which is being funded through Sport Ireland's Dormant Account Funding, and has partnership support from Healthy Ireland, Active Ireland, and the Active Schools Flag, is being rolled out in a number of counties nationwide, with Cork being selected as the region for the pilot project.

    Twenty-one teachers from twelve schools attended the Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown which was delivered by tutor Tony Robinson, a fantastic turnout by all accounts. With many of the participating schools having minimal previous badminton exposure, this programme provides them with the education and training, the equipment and resources, the playing opportunities, and the establishment of club-school links, to grow and develop the game within their school. 

    Collaborating with the Cork Sports Partnership has been pivotal in planning this programme in Cork, and also in terms of attracting school engagement due to the strong relationships they have developed with primary and secondary schools in the county. Their communication and promotion of the programme has been excellent, an evident example of which is their website page dedicated to the programme. Maurice O'Sullivan (Senior Development & Marketing Officer) and James Kirby (Sports Development Officer) have been the points of contact for Badminton Ireland in the Sports Partnership, and it is hoped to continue building on these connections to provide more school children with the opportunity to try badminton in the coming years.

    Furthermore, this programme has been earmarked for three other regions across the country in 2018, details of which will be released in the coming months. The intention in the second year of this initiative will be to develop the programme further in these counties and expand it to a number of new regions in order to continously grow and enhance this projects scope. 

    List of participating schools in the 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme:

    1. Ballyhass National School
    2. Bishopstown Community School
    3. Bunscoil Rinn an Chablaigh
    4. Clondrohid National School
    5. Cork Educate Together National School
    6. Firmount National School
    7. Kilbonane National School
    8. Presentation Secondary School
    9. Scoil Iosagan Aghada
    10. Scoil Phadraig Naofa
    11. St. Lachteen's 
    12. Sunday's Well Girls National School

    Outline of the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme

    Phase 1: Shuttle Time Course

    Objective: Educate teachers by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement badminton as part of their PE curriculum.

    Phase 2: Resources provided to schools

    Objective: Provide schools/teachers with kitbags, lesson plans, and teaching resources for their school as a result of participating in the programme. 

    Phase 3: Schools implement a 6 week badminton programme

    Objective: The teacher's introduce a six week programme of activities into their PE classes with a view of preparing their students for the social blitz event at the end of the programme.

    Phase 4: Mass participation social blitz event

    Objective: To provide playing opportunities for all involved in the programme duirng a mass participation social blitz event. The aim is to showcase the physical and social benefits of the sport at a communal participation event.

    Phase 5: Development of club-school Links 

    Objective: To establish club-school links between local juvenile badminton clubs and participating schools to ensure there is an accessible pathway for all participants in the school programme into club badminton. 

     

    For further information on the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme please email development@badmintonireland.com.

     

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    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • IT Tallaght taste Student Sport Ireland league success

    07/03/2018 IT Tallaght taste Student Sport Ireland league success

    It proved to be a historic day for IT Tallaght as they were crowned champions of the Student Sport Ireland (SSI) / Badminton Ireland leagues for the first time in their history. The Dublin 24 students had never previously won the top tier, a solitary division two league crown in 2011/2012 was their only maiden success. However, under the guidance of Badminton Ireland licenced coach Mark Topping, they managed to prevail in the final on a score line of 3-2 versus defending champions and local rivals IT Blanchardstown (ITB).

    IT Tallaght were deserving winners over the course of the day, but were made to work hard in each of their matches as they overcame Letterkenny IT (LYIT), IT Carlow, and ITB by the narrowest of margins. Their quarter-final tie with LYIT proved to be a pulsating encounter, but wins for team captain Patrick Martin (MS), Irish international Kate Frost (WS), and the mixed pairing of Kate and Jack Lawlor edged them over the line. LYIT can be proud of their efforts, assured displays from Mark Laird/Jack Davies (MD), and Leah Darragh/Victoria Wilson (WD) gave them every chance of progressing, but unfortunately they came up just short, meaning Tallaght progressed to a semi-final meeting with IT Carlow.

    The days other quarter-final saw 2016 champions Dundalk IT (DKIT), coached by another licenced coach in Jim Callan, defeat Griffith College Dublin 3-2 to progress to a semi-final with ITB. DKIT, who impressively topped their pool to reach this finals day, couldn’t overturn last year’s defeat to ITB, with Luke Moore and Megan Bredin ensuring the Dublin 15 students recorded another 3-2 win over the Louth students. Ben Ting was impressive in the MS throughout the day for DKIT, and also in the doubles alongside partner Nelson Tang.

    Moreover, the second semi-final between IT Tallaght and IT Carlow was ultimately decided by a competitive mixed doubles. Kate Frost recorded a 21-14, 21-17 win over recent SSI/BI WS Open winner Tan Wee Ling to give Tallaght the early impetus, but Ian Wong cancelled that out when winning a narrow two setter in the MS against Patrick Martin, 22-20, 21-19, to tie the match at 1-1. The teams then traded victories in the MD and WD to make it 2-2, before Kate Frost/Jack Lawlor claimed a 21-15, 21-12 win to ensure their advancement to the final, and in the process set up a clash with local rivals ITB.

    Unfortunately for a brave Blanchardstown, it was not to be in the final as a deserving Tallaght IT team sealed their place on the SSI Badminton league roll-of honour. With a number of the team eligible again for next year’s league they will hope to become the first college to successfully defend their league crown when the competition restarts for 2018/2019.

    A word of thanks to Muriel Moles and Aidan Mullen for officiating at the event.

    IT Tallaght Team: Mark Topping (Coach), Patrick Martin (Captain), Jack Lawlor, James Carroll, Kate Frost, Aoife Boylan, Ciara Breen

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2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

The launch of the new Badminton Ireland/Cork Sports Partnership schools badminton programme occurred last week with the hosting of a Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown Community School in Cork city. This programme, which is being funded through Sport Ireland's Dormant Account Funding, and has partnership support from Healthy Ireland, Active Ireland, and the Active Schools Flag, is being rolled out in a number of counties nationwide, with Cork being selected as the region for the pilot project.

Twenty-one teachers from twelve schools attended the Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown which was delivered by tutor Tony Robinson, a fantastic turnout by all accounts. With many of the participating schools having minimal previous badminton exposure, this programme provides them with the education and training, the equipment and resources, the playing opportunities, and the establishment of club-school links, to grow and develop the game within their school. 

Collaborating with the Cork Sports Partnership has been pivotal in planning this programme in Cork, and also in terms of attracting school engagement due to the strong relationships they have developed with primary and secondary schools in the county. Their communication and promotion of the programme has been excellent, an evident example of which is their website page dedicated to the programme. Maurice O'Sullivan (Senior Development & Marketing Officer) and James Kirby (Sports Development Officer) have been the points of contact for Badminton Ireland in the Sports Partnership, and it is hoped to continue building on these connections to provide more school children with the opportunity to try badminton in the coming years.

Furthermore, this programme has been earmarked for three other regions across the country in 2018, details of which will be released in the coming months. The intention in the second year of this initiative will be to develop the programme further in these counties and expand it to a number of new regions in order to continously grow and enhance this projects scope. 

List of participating schools in the 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme:

  1. Ballyhass National School
  2. Bishopstown Community School
  3. Bunscoil Rinn an Chablaigh
  4. Clondrohid National School
  5. Cork Educate Together National School
  6. Firmount National School
  7. Kilbonane National School
  8. Presentation Secondary School
  9. Scoil Iosagan Aghada
  10. Scoil Phadraig Naofa
  11. St. Lachteen's 
  12. Sunday's Well Girls National School

Outline of the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme

Phase 1: Shuttle Time Course

Objective: Educate teachers by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement badminton as part of their PE curriculum.

Phase 2: Resources provided to schools

Objective: Provide schools/teachers with kitbags, lesson plans, and teaching resources for their school as a result of participating in the programme. 

Phase 3: Schools implement a 6 week badminton programme

Objective: The teacher's introduce a six week programme of activities into their PE classes with a view of preparing their students for the social blitz event at the end of the programme.

Phase 4: Mass participation social blitz event

Objective: To provide playing opportunities for all involved in the programme duirng a mass participation social blitz event. The aim is to showcase the physical and social benefits of the sport at a communal participation event.

Phase 5: Development of club-school Links 

Objective: To establish club-school links between local juvenile badminton clubs and participating schools to ensure there is an accessible pathway for all participants in the school programme into club badminton. 

 

For further information on the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme please email development@badmintonireland.com.

 

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

 

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.