Inclusive taster sessions held in Dublin, Kerry, and Tipperary

A number of inclusive taster sessions have been held nationwide in recent weeks with participants in the Dublin Swifts (Dublin), the Kingdom Wheelblasters (Kerry), and a variety of service groups in Tipperary, all provided with the opportunity to sample Badminton.

1. Dublin Swifts – April 09th

The Dublin Swifts are an Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) club based in IWA headquarters in Clontarf. Having never previously played Badminton, the group were introduced to the game on Sunday, April 09th, as Badminton Ireland tutor Tony Robinson delivered a taster session to a group of ten participants. Tony was ably supported on the day by his wife Evelyn, BI Development Officer Fiach Andrews, and all present volunteers and coaches who lead activities in the club. Ten club members got to try the game with the age range of participants ranging between the ages of six and twenty-four.

“The Dublin Swifts group thoroughly enjoyed the session Tony delivered to them and there has been some really positive feedback since the event from members of the club. There was a great appetite for the game among the participants and we hope to link up with the club again in the near future to develop this connection further and support them in any way we can. These are exciting times for Para-Badminton in Ireland and links such as this one with the Dublin Swifts are essential for us as we continue to strive to raise the profile of the game, enhance our structures, and increase the participation base nationwide”. - Fiach Andrews, Development Officer for Badminton Ireland

2. Kingdom Wheelblasters – April 29th

Regina Scally travelled to Tralee on April 29th to deliver a taster session to an enthusiastic group of fifteen participants from the Kingdom Wheelblasters (IWA) group in Tralee, Co. Kerry. There was a slightly different approach adopted for the start of this taster session as for half an hour prior to the arrival of the players, Regina provided the coaches and leaders with an insight to the activities she was going to implement on the day. The idea behind this was that the club leaders would be educated in terms of the type of activities that they can implement on a weekly basis within the club.

Regina then hosted a taster session for ninety minutes as the Kingdom Wheelblasters club members got an introduction to badminton, learned the fundamentals of the game, tested themselves with various challenges, and also were provided with information on the upcoming Irish Para Badminton International.

I thoroughly enjoyed leading my first taster session - it was fantastic. I felt a real sense of achievement that I accomplished my mission in promoting Para-Badminton to this young, energetic, and highly motivated group. The interest and potential shown in the session was so inspiring for me and knowing that Para-Badminton will now become part of the club's Saturday sessions gives me great hope for the future of Para-Badminton in Ireland." - Regina Scally, Coach

3. Nenagh BC, Tipperary – May 04th

In conjunction with the Tipperary Sports Partnership and Nenagh Badminton Club, a taster session was held on May 04th in Nenagh College. Badminton Ireland were extremely grateful to the school for making their Sports Hall available during opening hours and it proved to be a central location for the four service groups who travelled from various parts of the county to take part on the day. Twenty participants took part in activities lead by Nenagh BC coaches Richard Hudson, Sudhir Maharaj, and Miklos Heveli over the course of two hours, and the large numbers in attendance were a testament to the time and effort invested by Elaine Cullinane and Sharon McLoughney from the Sports Partnership to recruit players for the event.

Following the warm-up delivered by Miklos, the athletes were put through their paces with various facets of the game by all of the coaches and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event as a whole which was evident in the number of smiles on faces from everyone who left the hall that day, from the players to the service leaders who also joined in with activities. Tipperary Sports Partnership along with Nenagh BC are now aiming to link up and run with a six week programme in the coming months to follow-up on the success of the event.

"We at Nenagh Badminton Club were extremely honoured and excited to welcome a fantastic group of participants to the inclusive badminton taster session held in Nenagh College. Coaches Richard Huson, Miklos Heveli, and I were delighted with the eagerness and energy of the participants, and we enjoyed the session just as much as the participants themselves. It was a great learning experience for ourselves in terms of adapting activities to suit the needs of the groups. We look forward to seeing these athletes and their peers again, and would be keen to facilitate such sessions again in the future!" - Sudhir Maharaj, Nenagh Badminton Club

The next upcoming taster session is taking place in Cavan on June 21st as the IWA groups in Cavan and Navan are attending a session which is being lead by Badminton Ireland licenced coach Terry Conroy. 

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Fiach Andrews

Development Officer


Lyndon Williams joins exciting line up for the Badminton Ireland Member’s Forum organised for July 22nd/23rd

Following on from the successful member’s forum in 2016 the dates for the 2017 conference are now confirmed. The event will run on July 22nd and 23rd and will cater for all our members. The sessions will provide opportunities for both coaches and players to develop new skills and exchange knowledge.The 2017 conference has a number of new ideas included from the feedback given at last year’s conference. These new ideas along with the lead coaches at this year’s conference should lead to a very exciting weekend of badminton.

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High Performance

Medals for Noble and Cheung in Glasgow

After the U13 Irish team won their first ever medals in the Team Event at the U13 Glasgow Youth International, Sophia Noble and Matthew Cheung went on the take silver medals in the mixed doubles event. Sophia also had some impressive results in the women's singles to take a second silver medal. 

In the girls singles, Sophia topped her group of three to go into the elimination stages of the tournament. Sophia won three matches to make the final where she came up against Ashwati Nair of England. she fought well but lost out 21-11 21-16 and settled for a sliver medal.

In the mixed doubles, Sophia and Matthew played well throughout the event. They had four wins to reach the finals, as well a knocking out the number two seed in the semi-final match. In the final, they gave the 3/4 seeds a good match but lost out in three close games 21-19 14-21 21-15. The coaches were very pleased with the player's performances over the weekend:

"After the players did so well in the team event it was fantastic to round the weekend up with more medals in the individual event. The team have been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with them again next season." - Jennie Magee.

For a full round-up of the Irish matches from the individual event click on this link.

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Ireland go for Gold in Glasgow as they make the final of the team event read more…..

The Irish under 13 team will play for Gold in the Glasgow youth international team event as they finished top of their group with wins over The Shires, Webber Badminton academy and Glasgow. The team led by Micheal O’Meara and Jennie King will face Leicestershire PC who topped Group A with wins over Scotland, Wales and Team Skyfall.

Ireland has done well to finish ahead of the other home nation teams but will have a difficult match ahead as Leicestershire PC were convincing winners of Group B.

“I am extremely happy with the team’s performance so far, they have shown great fighting spirit to make it to the final with some excellent performances over tough opposition. We are now looking forward to fighting once more and this time it will be for gold, but we also expect it to be a difficult match against Leicestershire PC who have had a number of big wins in their group of the competition. It will be an exciting final for all involved Jennie King Irish under 13 team coach

For a full list of results from all the team matches please click here

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U13 Irish Team Travel to Glasgow Youth International

The Irish U13 Team is travelling to the Glasgow Youth International this weekend from the 19th-21st of June. They will be taking part in the team and individual event. The team event takes place on the Friday while the individual event runs on the Saturday and Sunday. The team travelling is as follows:


Matthew Cheung

Vincent Pontanosa

Ben Lawlor

Stuart McCollum


Sofia Noble

Chloe Woods

Julia O'Reilly

Neasa Flynn

Best of luck to the team and managers Michael O'Meara and Jennie King. 

Please click on this link for the team event draws.

Please click on the link for the individual event draws.




Rathfarnham Parish Badminton Club 75th Anniversary Tournament

Rathfarnham Badminton Club would like to invite all members to join them, in Celebration of their 75th Year Anniversary.


As you can imagine, this is a super achievement for our club and we would like to share this experience with as many people whom we have encountered over the years, be it on court over the net, court-side, at many a fancy supper or even meeting through leagues and cups at their many events!!

We are holding a Mixed Doubles, Tournament in Whitehall Road on the 27th May. Divisions 4-6 12:00-3pm and Divisions 7-10 3-6pm. There promises to be many a game and fun on the day....even some spot prizes!! So dust off the rackets for one last hit before the summer swoops in!!

The evening event will be open to all to attend in which we hope you will share memories, make new friends and help us celebrate with our raffle extravaganza, cake, food and much more!! We will be upstairs in the bar area from 6pm and would love to see as many of you as possible! Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets ( €3 each or 2 for €5) before the event or on the day...prizes include:

1. 2 night stay for 2 ppl at Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry

2. 2 Phil Collins Concert Tickets

3. Personal Training with Scott Furlong

4. Carlton Badminton Racket & Gear

5. Spin 1038 Goodie Bag & Cinema Tickets

6. Wireless Headphones

7. Drinks Hamper

8. Food Hamper

9. 1 week in Camp Rathdown for 1 child

10. Dinner for 2 at Enigma Restaurant

11. McGuirks Golf Voucher


Click on this link for the entry form.

Please note: all entries are to this address: or secretary: by Monday 22nd May 2017.

Rahfarnham Parish Badminton Club Secretary

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12/05/2017-High PerformanceIrish under 17 team announcement
08/05/2017-EventsAll Ireland Inter-leagues Review
03/05/2017-DevelopmentTeicnic/Club Update - Banteer Juvenile BC
30/04/2017-GeneralCongratulations to Sam and Chloe from the BI Board
29/04/2017-GeneralAGM 2017 *UPDATE*
29/04/2017-High PerformanceMagees settle for bronze at the European Championships
29/04/2017-EventsJunior Quadrangular *Update*
28/04/2017-High PerformanceMagee's secure historic medal at the European Championships

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