20 September 2017
Viking BC in Dublin are beginning the new season as a recognised Badminton Ireland Clubmark club having been awarded the Bronze Level award in recent weeks. This is a fantastic achievement for a club who have invested a great amount of time and effort in the Clubmark process. The collective unity within Viking BC was the primary foundation behind the clubs successful Clubmark journey, and this was most evident in how the members and executive funded the attendance of one club coach on a Badminton Ireland Level 1 course in early 2017.
Club Chairperson Andy Tang was responsible for ensuring the eventual signing-off the Clubmark process with Badminton Ireland, and upon visiting Viking to present them with their award, he provided a background into the culture and ethos within the club; "Our emphasis in Viking is not to make money or win the most silverware, our main priority is to make all members feel welcomed, appreciated, and most importantly send them home with smiles on their faces. Those values remain constant in all club nights, whether that be in Aughrim Street on a Monday evening, or Terenure Badminton Centre on a Thursday night".
Furthermore, we asked Andy to give us his thoughts on the Clubmark process and this is what he had to say; "Clubmark gave us guidance on what clear structures and strategy looks like for a Badminton club, and we firmly believe this has progressed the club level in recent months". Clubs must meet requirements in areas such as Governance, Teicnic participation, and Coaching in order to achieve the Clubmark awards.
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20 September 2017
Entries are now open for the Nenagh U19 open that will take place on Saturday, October 21st. Entries can be made via the Badminton Ireland website. This should be a great event so get your entries in before the deadline of the 7th of October.
19 September 2017
Mark Topping and Graham Henderson both had great performances in the recent World Senior Championships to take a silver medal in the 50MD category. Mark Topping also took a silver medal alongside English partner Debbie Miller in the 50XD.
Also playing in this event was Bob Evans who won his opening match in the 70MS but lost out in the round of 16 after coming up England's Ray sharp who put him out winning 21-17 21-9.
In the men's doubles final, Mark and Graham took the match to three games but lost out to the ultimately stronger pair of Ting/Ertanto of Malaysia and Indonesia 21-17 16-21 21-13.
Mark also featured in the mixed doubles final where the match was lost in another long three-game battle against Tandun/Tendean of Indonesia. The final score there was 21-19 21-12 21-14.
For the full list of all of the Irish matches played at the event click on this link.