2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

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2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

The launch of the new Badminton Ireland/Cork Sports Partnership schools badminton programme occurred last week with the hosting of a Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown Community School in Cork city. This programme, which is being funded through Sport Ireland's Dormant Account Funding, and has partnership support from Healthy Ireland, Active Ireland, and the Active Schools Flag, is being rolled out in a number of counties nationwide, with Cork being selected as the region for the pilot project.

Twenty-one teachers from twelve schools attended the Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown which was delivered by tutor Tony Robinson, a fantastic turnout by all accounts. With many of the participating schools having minimal previous badminton exposure, this programme provides them with the education and training, the equipment and resources, the playing opportunities, and the establishment of club-school links, to grow and develop the game within their school. 

Collaborating with the Cork Sports Partnership has been pivotal in planning this programme in Cork, and also in terms of attracting school engagement due to the strong relationships they have developed with primary and secondary schools in the county. Their communication and promotion of the programme has been excellent, an evident example of which is their website page dedicated to the programme. Maurice O'Sullivan (Senior Development & Marketing Officer) and James Kirby (Sports Development Officer) have been the points of contact for Badminton Ireland in the Sports Partnership, and it is hoped to continue building on these connections to provide more school children with the opportunity to try badminton in the coming years.

Furthermore, this programme has been earmarked for three other regions across the country in 2018, details of which will be released in the coming months. The intention in the second year of this initiative will be to develop the programme further in these counties and expand it to a number of new regions in order to continously grow and enhance this projects scope. 

List of participating schools in the 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme:

  1. Ballyhass National School
  2. Bishopstown Community School
  3. Bunscoil Rinn an Chablaigh
  4. Clondrohid National School
  5. Cork Educate Together National School
  6. Firmount National School
  7. Kilbonane National School
  8. Presentation Secondary School
  9. Scoil Iosagan Aghada
  10. Scoil Phadraig Naofa
  11. St. Lachteen's 
  12. Sunday's Well Girls National School

Outline of the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme

Phase 1: Shuttle Time Course

Objective: Educate teachers by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement badminton as part of their PE curriculum.

Phase 2: Resources provided to schools

Objective: Provide schools/teachers with kitbags, lesson plans, and teaching resources for their school as a result of participating in the programme. 

Phase 3: Schools implement a 6 week badminton programme

Objective: The teacher's introduce a six week programme of activities into their PE classes with a view of preparing their students for the social blitz event at the end of the programme.

Phase 4: Mass participation social blitz event

Objective: To provide playing opportunities for all involved in the programme duirng a mass participation social blitz event. The aim is to showcase the physical and social benefits of the sport at a communal participation event.

Phase 5: Development of club-school Links 

Objective: To establish club-school links between local juvenile badminton clubs and participating schools to ensure there is an accessible pathway for all participants in the school programme into club badminton. 

 

For further information on the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme please email development@badmintonireland.com.

 

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Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

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