Badminton Ireland Newsletter - November 2020

Dear All,  


Please see the November 2020 Newsletter below, you can click the limage to see the full newsletter. 


Badminton Ireland November 2020 Newsletter 



Badminton Ireland Level 3 Guidelines Update - 1/12/2020

Dear Members


Over the last number of months, Badminton Ireland has worked with other sports to engage with the Sports Export Group on the nuances of our Sport and the impact the restrictions are having on participation.


We have made the point that indoor sports such as tennis and badminton require a minimum of two people for any meaningful participation to take place. If specific protocols are implemented, they can be managed safely with minimum risk of transmission of COVID-19.


This was accepted by the Export group, and the guidance for level 3 amended. To this end, the following protocols will apply to our Sport during level 3:


Indoor Play:

  • Singles Only
  • No doubles play, with an exception for partners from the same household.  This is on account of the dynamic nature of doubles play where a 2m distance is unlikely to be maintained throughout the activity.
  • No competition/matches – Casual play only


Indoor Coaching / One-to-one coaching

  • Risk assessment prepared by the coach and to be reviewed and approved by the club.
  • Coaches should wear a mask, if not partaking in on-court activity.
  • The training must be supervised by a coach or a secretary of the club
  • Any demonstration of equipment or technique should ensure that a minimum of 2m social distancing is maintained
  • Individual equipment should not be shared
  • In the case of fixed equipment, cleaning of such equipment must be completed immediately after a demonstration and before the individual participant uses.
  • There should be no hands-on adjustments or physical contact during training sessions


Other measures

  • Minimise touchpoints – entrance open where possible, courtside furniture removed
  • Staggered start and finish times combined with appropriate entry, exit and traffic management protocols to limit the interaction of participants at any one time, particularly at entrances /exits to courts.
  • Prebooking of activity is essential.
  • Players should arrive at the court entrance no more than 5 minutes prior to the reserved playing time.
  • Possible reduction in the overall duration of the activity.
  • Promotion of social distancing at all times.
  • Participants should arrive ready to train and leave immediately (no changing room or shower use).
  • Additional signage, hand sanitisation stations and deep cleaning implemented.
  • No equipment sharing in any circumstances.
  • Activity should take place in a predefined area which is visually marked out and directionally signed.
  • The space required in this area should reflect the nature and intensity of the activity


This guidance applies to the indoor sporting activity of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and their affiliated network (Branches, Counties and Clubs). NGB’s must have assurances that protective measures will be strictly adhered to and therefore any club or group following these guidelines must be affiliated with Badminton Ireland.


Kind Regards, 

David McGill


For Full Protocols of Level 3 Guidelines, please refer to the link below: 

1. BI Guidance for Clubs in ROI- 1.12.2020

2. BI Guidance for Coaches in ROI - 1.12.2020

3. BI Level 3 Guidelines Updates - 1.12.2020


Badminton Ireland COVID 19 update - 30th November 2020

Dear Members


Badminton Ireland would like to acknowledge the impact the level 5 restrictions have had on all its members and clubs. The recent announcement that from December 1st the country will move back to level 3 was made on the 27th. However, we have noted some changes in the wording around the restrictions in place for Sport:

  • Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes (for example no ballet, gymnastics, basketball, racketball, squash, Zumba, drama).

Despite not being specifically named, we believe this also refers to Badminton activity. We have urgently sought clarification from Sport Ireland on whether singles Badminton can resume under the revised level 3 However until we have received this clarification, No Badminton club should resume its activities.

Before entering level 5, Badminton Ireland along with other sports submitted to the Sports Export Group seeking the easing of restrictions relating to indoor Sport during level 3. Among these submissions included allowing doubles Badminton to take place and an exception for travel beyond county boundaries to participate in club training.

We have yet to receive any confirmation that these submissions have been accepted or denied. We will continue to engage with Sport Ireland and will update our members as soon as possible.

We would ask all our members to follow the new level 3 guidelines.

Kind Regards

David McGill


Badminton Ireland Press Release - Affiliations 27th November 2020

Dear Members 


Like all sports, 2020 has been a challenging year for Badminton. COVID 19 continues to impact our daily lives and has affected everyone in some way. As an indoor Sport, Badminton has been heavily affected by this virus. The second lockdown has had a huge on our members, our clubs and the Sport as a whole.  


As we prepare to exit level 5, much uncertainty remains in terms of what activity can take place and for how long. Badminton Ireland will continue to liaise with Sport Ireland and advocate on behalf of our members for a safe return to play. Badminton Ireland recognises that this is a difficult and uncertain time for all our members.  


Therefore, the Board of Badminton Ireland, in conjunction with our Branches have decided to waive affiliation fees for the 2020-2021 season. This decision was made to support and protect our club network and the volunteers who give up so much of their time for the Sport. It is also intended to ensure that any member of a club, both old or new, is protected under our insurance and our governance policies.  


Badminton Ireland wishes to acknowledge the support of the Branches in making this decision. Members affiliation fees contribute not just to the running of Badminton Ireland, they also support the activities implemented by the Branches. However, each Branch has also agreed to waive their fees for the 2020/2021 season to support their clubs and members further. 


The decision to waive means the following: 

All members who were affiliated to Badminton Ireland in the 2019-2020 season will remain affiliated until 30/11/2021 

  • Clubs will not be required to pay the club fee for the 2020-2021 season  
  • All affiliation received for the 2020-2021 season-to-date will be refunded, a member of membership team will be in touch with the club secretary. 
  • Any new members for the 2020-2021 season will need to get a BI number 



A member of the Badminton Ireland team will be in touch with club secretaries to confirm the next step to ensure their club in covered. Badminton Ireland hopes that our Sport will resume soon, and further information will follow this press release detailing new guidelines under level 3 of the “living with COVID” plan. 



We will continue to update our members with activities on our website and social media platforms. 

While our offices remain closed, our staff are continuing to work from home and remain available to answer any of your queries.  



Any questions in relation to membership, please email or 


Kind Regards 

David McGill 



Chief Executive Officer 


Please click here to see the full press release in PDF format 



**Get to Know Your High-Performance Team Webinar**

Join Badminton Ireland Development Officer Sarah O'Donoghue, High-Performance Director Daniel Magee and Irish Internationals Sam Magee & Josh Magee next Tuesday 1st of December at 7pm for an insight into the lives of some members of our High Performance Team. 

When: Tuesday 1st December 

Time: 7pm

Where: Zoom Webinar 


Tickets are available for this webinar through our Eventbrite event called 'Get to Know Your HP Team'. 

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BEC Para Badminton Quiz Series

The BEC Para badminton Quiz Series is a series of quizzes about Para badminton. This quiz is open to all badminton fans around the world and we hope that you will enjoy answering the questions. There will be a total of 10 quizzes, each quiz will be published on the third Friday of the month starting in November 2020. Questions from each quiz are focused on the different areas in Para badminton.

Read more about the quiz here:


Join the fun to:

Win interesting prizes from Badminton Europe

Increase your knowledge of Para badminton

Prizes of the quiz: One winner from each quiz monthly

YONEX racket as the grand prize to the person who gets all answers correct for the whole series


  • Rules of the quiz can be found here
  • Timeline and more information of the quiz can be found here
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