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  • Para-Badminton display brings the 2017 Conference to a close

    23/07/2017 CoachingPara-Badminton display brings the 2017 Conference to a close

    After a great first day at the Conference, participants were back to see what was in store in both the on and off court sessions.

    First up was former European Medallist and BWF Para-Badminton Expert Lyndon Williams who invited coaches and members into the lecture theatre where he was talking about various aspects of Para-Badminton. He explained about the different types of classes and how he came to coaching Para-Badminton. He was also preparing everyone for the on court Para-Badminton display that they would be having later in the morning. While this was going on John Quinn took the juvenile players for an on court session in the main hall where they were working hard with tough multi-feed routines.

    All of the coaches and members then took to court for the Para-Badminton display. Andy Stewart in the mean time gave the players a lecture on the mental side of badminton and what that entails. Lyndon Williams led the on court Para section assisted by some of Ireland's top players including, Laura Lee Jenkins, Stephen Halpin, Andrew Moorcroft and Chris Stewart. The participants got to play with some of the Para-Badminton athletes and understand how the players trained. There was also a number of wheelchairs in the hall where people could try out playing badminton in them. This was something many people had never tried before and they really enjoyed this experience. 

    "What a thoroughly enjoyable and educational two days. Great content and a very receptive crowd. Really pleased to have been part of the 2017 Badminton Ireland Coaches Conference." - Lyndon Williams (BWF Para-Badminton).

    After lunch Badminton Ireland development officer Fiach Andrews got to talk to the participants about some of the ideas being put in place to improve and develop badminton around the country. It was an informative session where everyone engaged well with the material and content put forward. Everyone was then led back into the hall for the last section of the day.

    Andy Stewart then took everyone onto court to launch the Pink 'Teicnic' Badminton Level. The level was not being assessed but everyone had a chance to try some of the shots and experience some of the more difficult ideas being put in front of them. We would like to thank Lyndon Williams and Andy Stewart for travelling over to the Conference as well as the Para-Badminton players who attending throughout the weekend. Having them on court was a valuable experience for everyone that took part. 

    We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Badminton Ireland Conference 2018!

    For all of the photos from the weekend, you can click on this link.

  • Record numbers gets day 1 of the Badminton Ireland Conference 2017 off to a great start

    22/07/2017 CoachingRecord numbers gets day 1 of the Badminton Ireland Conference 2017 off to a great start

    With over 50 coaches, players and members at day 1 of the Badminton Ireland Conference 2017 there was a great buzz around Marino Institute of Education. 

    The day started off with a welcome for everyone from Coach Education & Training Manager Daniel Magee in the lecture theatre. Everyone was then split into their groups and the day's activities began. One group started on court with National Coach John Quinn where they were practising feeding routines using some of the young talented players from around the country. The coaches were working the players hard in a number of speed and movement drills. Coaches also got to practice different techniques such as underarm and overhead feeds. The coaches really enjoyed learning about the varied feeding styles:

     

    "It was fantastic to learn new ways of feeding in the morning session, it will be great to try to use these back in our Junior Club". - Dean Dowling (Dunboyne Badminton Club)

    During the morning session, Andy Stewart also took each of the groups for a classroom session where he discussed the benefits and variations of conditioned games that could be used when coaching. Andy took everyone through a few ideas which were later put into practice on the court. Some of the conditioned games were focused around being aware of court space and trying to build a rally with an opponent. 

    After lunch, the coaches and players got the opportunity to try some of the conditioned games Andy Stewart was explaining in the morning session. There were four courts with everyone getting to rotate around the hall experiencing each of the exercises. Some of the coaches stayed off the with court pen and paper on hand to observe and decide which games they found most effective. At the end of the session players and coaches got the opportunity to vote for which of the games was the most beneficial.

    "Fantastic feedback from all those at the conference on the value of Conditioned Games for tactical development. Voting results showed a clear winner, hopefully, the use of on court games will now be the main theme for tactical development in clubs and academies around the country." Andy Stewart - (UKCC Level 2 Coach)

    In the last part of the day coaches and players got the chance to 'boost their Teicnic Level'. Levels from White - Red on the Teicnic Badminton Programme were assessed on day 1. Badminton Ireland coaches were assessing players on each of the courts. There was a great atmosphere in the hall as everyone worked together to improve their standard and develop their 'Teicnic'. 

    Tomorrow coaches and players can look forward to a Para display from Lyndon Williams (BWF Para-Badminton), a session on developing badminton with Fiach Andrews (Badminton Ireland Development Officer) and the launch of the Pink Level Teicnic Badminton with Andy Stewart (UKCC Level 2 Coach).

    For all the photos from the opening day, you can click on this link.

  • 2017 National squad player registration now open read more........

    20/07/2017 High Performance2017 National squad player registration now open read more........

    We would like to inform you that application for the 2017-18 National squads is now open. For this season's squads, players can register by printing the registration form by clicking on this link. The completed registration form should be sent to Badminton Ireland along with the opening squad fee (€15) by September 15th. This should be sent to Badminton Ireland, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

    If there is any reason why a player may be unavailable to attend the opening squad please contact coaching@badmintonireland.com.

    The squad locations and times can be seen in below table

  • Entry deadline approaching for FZ U19/U15 Irish Open

    18/07/2017 EventsEntry deadline approaching for FZ U19/U15 Irish Open

    The entry deadline is fast approaching for the Junior Irish Open. Both the U15 and U19 competition is attracting athletes from across Europe to play in Lisburn over the first weekend in September. 

    The Irish U19 Open is part of the World and European junior circuit where players can earn essential world ranking and European junior circuit ranking points. This 2017 event takes place in Lisburn Racquets Club, Lisburn on 1st-3rd September, whilst the U15 open will take place on the 2nd-3rd September. 

     

    Deadline for entries is as follows:

    • FZ Irish U19 Open - Tuesday 1st August 16:59
    • Irish players sending entries to Badminton Ireland : Friday 28th July
    • FZ Irish U15 Open - Tuesday 1st August 23:59

     

    With entry numbers continuing to come in, hotel spaces are now very limited. To book your place at the competition hotel please contact Badminton Ireland (cdoherty@badmintonireland.com) to confirm your room. Once all the rooms have been filled players will need to find their own accommodation. 

     

    Badminton Ireland are very excited to build on the success of the FZ Irish Para Badminton International in June. After some excellent reviews coming from the 26 participating countries, the events staff are trying to emulate that success in future international events. To see some of the games from the Para-Badminton International please click here to see the youtube channel

     

    For more information about the event please follow the link below to the event page. Regular updates on the event will appear both on the BI Facebook page and on the Website.

    Please click here for the U19 tournament invitation, U15 tournament invitation and event page 

  • US Open 2017

    17/07/2017 High PerformanceUS Open 2017

    Having finished the Canada Open the Irish players now travel to the US Open where they look to secure more ranking points in the lead up to the World Championships in August. Scott Evans will feature in the men's singles of this event and he has been drawn against the tricky opponent of Henri Hurskainen of Sweden for his opening match. The Magee's will face Korea pairs in both the men's doubles and mixed doubles opening matches while Joshua Magee comes up against Pongnairat of the US in the men's singles.

    The event is running from the 19th-23rd July in The Anaheim Convention Center Arena. 

    For a list of the opening matches of the Irish players, you can click on the link. 

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High Performance

Canada Open 2017

The Canda Open kicks off tomorrow in Calgary with four of the Irish players taking part. Scott Evans, along with Sam, Chloe and Joshua Magee all feature in the event. The players will also travel to the US Open following this tournament. The Canada Open is running from the 11th-16th July. These are important events for the players in the build up the the World Championships which are taking place in Glasgow this coming August.

Sam and Chloe Magee are the number four seeds in the mixed for this event and after their recent impressive circuit win at the Spanish International, they will be looking for further medals at this event. Scott Evans comes up against Zulkiffli of Malaysia in the first round of his singles while Joshua Magee comes up against Couture of Canada.

For all of the opening Irish matches, you can click on this link.

Keep up to date on the results on our Facebook and Twitter.

Development

Active Schools Week

The school year has recently drawn to a close, but prior to finishing up many schools participated in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week. This initiative aims to provide fun and inclusive activities for every member of the school community. A vast number of National Governing Bodies (NGB's) are partners and supporters of Active Schools, and Karen Cotter of the organisation emphasised the importance of the involvement of NGB's, "NGBs have an important role to play in supporting schools to introduce children to as wide a variety of physical activity opportunities as possible. ‘One size doesn’t fit all’. If children can find an activity that they’re passionate about they will be much more likely to lead active lives". 

Badminton Ireland support schools who wish to participate in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week by providing challenge resources, organising school visits with local coaches, and also putting schools in contact with clubs in their region. Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (Tory Island, Donegal), Donagh NS (Carndonagh, Donegal), and Summerhill College (Sligo), were just three of the schools who participated in this year's '5 Star Challenge'. The various components of the '5 Star Challenge' included keepie-uppies, serving into a target, and also the 60 second challenge. With only four pupils in Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (pictured left), they were undoubedtly the smallest school who engaged in this year's challenge, even despite the fact that one of the children had a broken arm! Summerhill College in Sligo recorded the highest overall total for a class of all the schools to partake in the challenge, while Donagh NS had the largest score for a class when combining all the keep-up (forehand, backhand, alternate) challenge results.

Furthermore, many schools engaged in external coaching with Badminton Ireland licenced coaches, an example of such was Niall Kelly and Simone Higgins completing visits to Scoil Bhride (Donaghmede), Kiltiernan NS, Whitechurch NS, and St. Brigids (Killester). This was replicated by other coaches across the country, and we would like to thank all those who offered their time to expose the game to school children nationwide.

 

Finally, St. Michael's NS in Ballyfermot were fortunate enough to have three time Olympian Chloe Magee call out to the school to talk about her experiences of being a professional athlete and answer questions about herself, her training, and her lifestyle. This visit was arranged by Irish U17 National Coach, Aisling Ryan, who is currently teaching in the school. It proved to be a really valuable session for all the students, Tori, Lucy, and Katie from 6th class said, "The message that influenced us most was, Chloe said to be the best that you can be, to never give up on our dreams, and to never say 'I can't'". Likewise, Kaitlyn and Alex (4th class) said they found the session inspiring and what stuck out in their minds was when Chloe said, "Not to give up on your dreams and to keep going until you get there by always working hard".

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Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

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Coaching

Munster CPD is a huge hit as the countdown starts until the 2017 Coaching Conference

What is CPD is the age old question? Is it a tutor standing in front of a group of coaches reading off a PowerPoint presentation while explaining that CPD stands for Continual Professional Development? Or can CPD be something more than just a tick box exercise?

 

This was the challenge that national coaches John Quinn and Daniel Magee put to the coaches in attendance from the counties of Tipperary, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Offaly and Waterford at the Munster CPD session on Saturday the 1st of July in Nenagh college County Tipperary.

Right from the word go the coaches were challenged to think about designing a session. The theme on progressing a routine made coaches think about

  1. Looking at technical work and how to help juveniles create their own buzz words. One example mentioned from County Clare was the Usain Bolt where the presentation of the racket mimicked the athletics superstar post-race celebration.
  2. Decision making abilities. The tactical routines we do, how many decisions has a player had to make during the routine. Rather than teach or tell the player, let them discover this for themselves through the decisions they make.
  3. Consequence: By adding pressure to the routine how does the technical and tactical choices hold up. If we expect our players to perform these skills and make good tactical choices in pressure situations, then we need to replicate this in training.

In the first session the coaches designed what they would do with the players under the guidance of Quinn and Magee. After an hour and half of preparation, it was then time for the national coaches to step back and watch the coaches in training in action.

“It was fantastic to see the coaches take the challenge we had set. We find that the best style of learning, is through diving in at the deep end and that is exactly what the coaches did. The coaches took the information we provided and led an excellent session with kids with a wide range of ability and experience. We were able to provide feedback throughout and challenge the coaches to find the solutions” Daniel Magee National Coaching team

The last session of the day the coaches were able to shadow national coach John Quinn as he took the kids through a typical court session. This was a great example of what coaching at the highest level looks like. Coaches again we’re challenged to get involved and help across the courts.

“The Munster CPD session in Nenagh was a fantastic day which afforded coaches the opportunity to work with & learn from our National High-Performance Coaches. It also gave coaches the opportunity to share ideas & engage in valuable discussion.The opportunity to run a coaching session on the day & get feedback from Dan Magee & John Quinn was also invaluable. A very enjoyable day with most of the coaches now looking forward to the National Coaching Conference in Marino 22/23 July 2017”. Mike O'Meara coach County Tipperary

The Munster CPD has set the tone nicely for the upcoming Coaching Conference that is set to be held in Marino Institute of Education on July 22nd and 23rd. John Quinn will be back in action alongside guest speakers Lyndon Williams and Andy Stewart in what is set to be an exciting weekend for coaches and members. Final places are being filled this week so contact coaching@badmintonireland.com to book your spot before it is too late.

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