SHUTTLE TIME AND LEVEL 1 COURSES
Shuttle Time courses were held throughout the Spring and Summer in many different parts of the country. In March, a course was held in Waterford (9th) and Cork (21st). On the 3rd of April, a course took place in Trim, Meath and on the 8th in Drogheda, Louth. In May, one Shuttle Time took place in Mountrath, Laois on the 13th. Badminton Ireland Coach Developer Tony Robinson travelled across the country to deliver these Shuttle Time courses and here are some of the words he had to say about the participation:
“The teachers and participants were very enthusiastic about badminton. They made use of the available resources and applied themselves to help improve their knowledge of the sport. After completing the course they were confident now to introduce badminton within their schools/clubs, with the hope of growing the sport and promoting an active lifestyle.” - Tony Robinson
During the Summer, on the 29th July – 2nd of August, a dual course was led by tutor Tony Robinson with the assistance of Craig McCourtney in the National Training Centre in Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. The Shuttle Time took place on Monday, followed by four consecutive days on the BWF Level 1 course.
“There was a great mixture of knowledge and experience on the level 1 course with participants really getting involved in tasks and materials – Tony Robinson
COACHES CONFERENCE 2019
The learning never stops!
On the 10th and 11th of August, coaches, players and members came from across the country to the Annual Coaches Conference in Marino Institute of Education. There was attendance from every province in Ireland, and with over 70 participants over the two days, it was one of the biggest ever attendances.
A diverse range of topics was covered over the course of the weekend including, Youth Development, Coach Mentoring and Teicnic Badminton. Participants were very active on-court and got to take part in some physical, tactical and technical exercises. Attendees also got the chance to update their current Teicnic Badminton Level. Andy Stewart from Wales and Fathurrahman Fauzi from Indonesia came to help us at this fantastic event. There was also assistance and a session along with Irish number 1 Nhat Nguyen.
Here are some of the nice things the members had to say:
“Great weekend for getting some new ideas and information to bring back to the club for the upcoming season.” – Graham MacMullen (Sligo City BC, Connacht)
“It was a fantastic weekend. The sessions were fun and engaging with a combination of both on-court and off-court activities.” – Patrick Marks (Roscrea BC, Munster)
“It was great to pick up some new exercises and practices to use in the club during the new season.” – Jonathan Perry (Greenwell Street Presbyterian BC, Ulster)
“The weekend was super. It was great to be able to collaborate and make a connection with so many different coaches from around Ireland.” – Sumesh Tharian (Mount Pleasant BC, Leinster)
TEICNIC BADMINTON CAMPS 2019
In August 2019, the Teicnic Camps for U13 and U15 players took place over the course of two weeks in the Badminton High-Performance Centre in Marino Institute of Education. Players from around Ireland joined us for more fun-filled weeks, packed with badminton, outdoor activities, guest coaches and on-site activities.
Monday 12th – Friday 16th of August, 16 players joined Badminton Ireland at Marino. Teicnic on-court sessions were led by coaches Craig McCourtney and Daniel Magee. As well as badminton, the kids got to play basketball, volleyball and various team games throughout the week.
Over 26 players attended the U15 camp which took place the second week, Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August. Andy Stewart came over from Wales to coach the teicnic badminton sessions on-court. Each day began with a morning run outdoors, followed by on-court activities.
Throughout the two weeks, players of the juvenile Irish teams, Siofra Flynn, Matthew Cheung and Sophia Noble were a huge help with the kids on and off court, and even joined in on the fun. Pamela Pontanosa was also a key member in helping and coaching the kids. Prior to the camps, she had just completed the BWF Level 1 coaching course. Pamela is also the first person to participate in the new Coach Mentoring Programme which was launched at the Annual Coaches Conference.
"It was great to get the opportunity, after completing my BWF Level 1 to do some shadowing at these camps with lots of experienced coaches". - Pamela Pontanosa