- Irish Sports HQ, National Governing Body 60 Second Challenge competition.
We invited members of other governing bodies to try out the 60-second challenge in the Irish Sports HQ building. This was a
great way of getting members of other National Governing Bodies to be active and try out something a bit different to the sport they are perhaps involved in. There was great participation from staff of various other governing bodies with the winners coming from Cara APA centre and The Irish Olympic Handball Association.
- Marino Institute of Education held a badminton session for the staff on the Campus. They are now continuing a staff badminton session once a week for the rest of the year to get their workplace more active and introduce badminton to people who might not have played before.
Many clubs around the country held open nights to promote National Badminton Week and get some new members into their clubs for the season. Below are some of the clubs that held an open night during National Badminton Week.
St Brigid's BC
- Raphoe Badminton Club organised an exhibition during National Badminton Week which featured Three-time Olympian Chloe Magee and other high-performance players.
The exhibition was an exciting night in the small Raphoe badminton club hall. There were various media from across the Donegal area present taking photos and doing some interviews. The hall was packed with spectators on the night who came to see some top level badminton. The night saw some great matches and Kellys Toyota displaying some of their show cars in the hall car park.
60 Second Challenge:
The 60-second challenge was a very popular activity during National Badminton Week, with over 100 people taking part across the country. The aim is to hit as many shots back and forth with your partner in a 60 second period. Many clubs, schools and workplaces tried out the challenge and submitted their videos online. Three-time Olympian Scott Evans took part in the 60-second challenge with World number 12 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark. European medallist Paul Reynolds and National Coach John Quinn also tried the challenge out. The challenge continues on for the rest of the month with the winners receiving a signed shirt and shuttles. The leader board for the challenge is up on the Badminton Ireland Facebook page. There are over one hundred 60 challenge videos recorded that accumulate nearly 100,000 views.
Many schools across the country got involved during the week, with some taster sessions and other activities taking place.
- St. Mary's Girls School Baldoyle got involved in the week by doing some lines training with some of the Badminton Ireland staff. The purpose behind the training was to get the school girls ready for the Irish Open taking place from the 7th - 10th December in the National Indoor Arena. The training was also to promote Women in Sport.
- Some schools had open days or taster sessions for the pupils to try out the sport. These were some of the school that those were held in:
Mount Sackville Girls School
Howth Primary School
Summerhill College Sligo
- Some of the universities also took part in National Badminton Week, with Blanchardstown IT having a taster session and 60-second challenge.
- The National Squads opening session was held during National Badminton Week where over 150 players from around the country came to try out for this year's teams which include: U13/U15/U17/U19, Senior, Masters and Para Squads. It was a record number of applicants ever at the squads.
- We did a short interview with one of Ireland's top umpires Carol Uí Fhearghail about the ups and downs of umpiring and what it involves at various levels. This also was part of the Women in Sport campaign.
- There was a radio interview done with Nearfm about National Badminton Week and what was going on. This was done with presenter Conor Doyle.
- Also during the week Age Opportunity Ireland held a session in Baldoyle Badminton Centre for some of the O50 players and to get them to keep active.
- Leinster Badminton ran the U11 Blitz in Baldoyle Badminton Centre.
- Kilcullen Shuttlefest tournament in Kildare sponsored by Baseline.
- The Irish Wheelchair Association ran a session in Louth.
- On social media, there were over 20,000 views on videos during National Badminton Week
This is some of the many activities that took place across the whole of National Badminton Week. Once again a big thank you to everyone that took part in National Badminton Week, keep promoting, playing and pushing the sport in your area.