Sport Inclusion Charter


Badminton Ireland are delighted to confirm that we have signed up to the Sport Inclusion Disability Charter.

This is the first ever Charter in Ireland which is specific to the participation of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity. The Charter outlines five key areas that people with disabilities are asking organisations to consider in making active and healthy lifestyles possible for them.

We encourage all of our clubs to support the inclusion of people with a disability in badminton by signing up to the charter at the following link; Ensure to notify when your club has committed to the Charter, and make sure to publicise and promote the commitment on club social media accounts. 

Throughout the year we aim to honour our commitment to the Charter by taking 50 steps which make us a more inclusive organisation in 2019. These steps can also be followed on our website and social media platforms.

#Step1 Badminton Ireland commit to the Sport Inclusion Disability Charter and encourage clubs to sign up to the Charter.

#Step2 Badminton Ireland circulates a survey to determine current inclusive practices among its Member Organisations nationwide. Questions for the survey were based off the five key areas of the Charter.

#Step3 Badminton Ireland introduce the three Irish Athletes who will compete for Team Ireland in Badminton at the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games . Sarah Rea, John Doyle, Mary Daly, and their coaches Kim McCrave and Claire Heffernan will make the trip to the Games taking place in Abu Dhabi in March.

#Step4 Badminton Ireland promote two of our Para-Badminton athletes; Niall McVeigh and Andrew Moorcroft who compete internationally for Ireland. Both athletes train with, and are affiliated to Alpha Badminton Club in County Antrim.

#Step5 Badminton Ireland highlight training courses provided by CARA to upskill people in delivering inclusive activities.

#Step6 Badminton Ireland Development Officer attended a Sports Ability Meeting with Kildare Sports Partnership to grow inclusive badminton in the county.

#Step7 Badminton Ireland aim to educate their members and coaches on ADHD, please see Sports Inclusion Fact-Sheet page for more information.

#Step8 Badminton Ireland aim to educate their coaches and members on Autism, please watch video here from CARA Centre on Autism and please see Sports Inclusion Fact-Sheet page for more information.

#Step9 Badminton Ireland teamed up with Meath Sports Ability/Meath Sports Partnership to deliver a session as part of a joint initiative between Prosper Ashbourne and TY students from Coláiste De Lacy Ashbourne.

#Step10 Badminton Ireland announce that the Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland training and education workshops are officially included as part of the Badminton Ireland CPD Points System.

#Step11 Badminton Ireland in conjunction with Meath Sports Ability, Louth Local Sports Partnership, Cavan Sports Partnership, and Monaghan Sports Partnership, delivered taster sessions to 30+ participants as part of the North East Services Inclusive Day.

#Step12 Badminton Ireland promoted athletes who traveled to the YONEX Canada Para-Badminton International 2019. Niall McVeigh, Chris Stewart and Michael Smith traveled to Ottawa with coach Les Dewart.

#Step13 Badminton Ireland state how the organisations school programmes are fully inclusive to ensure equal opportunities are provided for people with disabilities to participate in the sport among participating schools.

#Step14 of our commitment to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter is to circulate this CARA Centre factsheet which may inform coaching practices for coaches working with amputee players in their club.

#Step15 Badminton Ireland are circulating a CARA Centre factsheet that will offer some advice for coaches coaching Wheelchair Users in their clubs. Also provided, a Wheelchair User Manual (Scottish Disability Sport) which will provide coaches with Badminton specifc advice.

#Step16 of Badminton Ireland's commitment to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter is to educate our members on the Role of Classifiers and the process to becoming part of the BWF Classification Panel for Para-Badminton Events. The information below will also discuss the BWF Classification Categories.

#Step17 of the 50 steps to becoming a more inclusive organisation is to send all of our clubs CARA Centre Fact-sheets giving them a little bit of information on some disabilities that may affect people playing badminton and how clubs and coaches can include those with disabilities in their sessions.

#Step18 of our commitment to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter is to promote our FZ Forza Irish Para-Badminton International that takes place in the National Indoor Arena next week. Competition days are from the 19th-23rd of June. Players will be coming from around the world to compete for crucial ranking points to qualify for the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020.

#Step19 of our commitment to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter is to provide a round up of the Irish players progress in the FZ Forza Irish Para-Badminton International in the National Indoor Arena.

#Inclusion #Promotion #People #Activities #Facilities #Openness


Badminton Ireland Member Organisations who have signed up to the Charter:

  • Connacht Badminton
  • Leinster Badminton
  • Munster Badminton
  • Ulster Badminton
  • Kerry County Badminton Association
  • Waterford County Badminton Association
  • Badminton Premier League (BPL)
  • Dublin & District Leagues & Cups (DDLC)
  • Dublin Schools Badminton
  • Ailesbury BC
  • Annascaul BC
  • Ashbourne BC
  • Ballymurphy BC
  • Banbridge BC
  • Carland BC
  • Castlecoote BC
  • Crimlin BC
  • DCU BC
  • Lisburn 2gether Pan Disability BC
  • Moyvane Senior BC
  • Oranmore BC
  • Three Rivers BC
  • Titans Badminton Club