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Record 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.

High Performance

2017 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

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Events

Entry 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 

High Performance

US 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. 

Follow updates on our Facebook and Twitter.

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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