Badminton Ireland Coaching Clinics

Last July Badminton Ireland launched their first ever coaching clinics, sending performance pathway coach Daniel Magee and performance coach Irwansyah to the counties Cork, Wexford, Clare and Galway. The idea of the clinics is to provide a quality training session for players in the county and surrounding counties and also provide coach education for all interest coaches. Running from the 1st of June to the 4th, the clinics where deemed a success by all attending.

“It is important for us to develop our young players around Ireland from an early age. The focus should not only be on the players but also the coach as they have a huge part to play in the player’s development” said Dan Magee ahead of the clinics last year.

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Dublin and Galway all set to play host for the upcoming level one courses register now to secure a place..............................

Following on from the Shuttle Time introductory level coaching course, the Level One course is the second step on the coaching qualification ladder in Ireland. The course is designed for people who have a basic level badminton experience and knowledge and wish to coach at school or club level. This course is accredited by the BWF, so if you would like to upgrade your skills and to gain a world recognised certificate get involved.


Delivery & resources:

Cost €300

The course is delivered over four days 

Dublin Residential course: Course held over one week period at the national badminton centre (Marino Institute of Education Griffith avenue D9). Accomodation available on site for the week if required.

Dates: July 27th to 31st (27th only for candidates who need to do Shuttle Time)

Time: 10:00-17:00 each day


Oranmore Galway course: Course to be held over 2 weekends in Oranmore Badminton Club in County Galway

Dates: 1st weekend July18th/19th 2nd weekend August 29th/30th

Time: 10:00-17:00 each dayCourse material will be provided in electronic format.


If you are interested in attending this course please register with to secure your place. Limited places are available so please register now to avoid disappointment.



Badminton Ireland AGM


9th May 2015 @ 11am

Irish Sport HQ, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

The following AGM papers are now available via the Badminton Ireland website, please click here.

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Smashing time at the inagural Carlton Juvenile Inter-County Championships

Dublin U17's, Cork U15's, Kildare U13's and Dublin U11's were all winners in their respective divisions at the first ever juvenile Inter-County Championships.  

The tournament got off to a flying start with some exceptional badminton played by all involved. Future Juvenile Inter-County Championships will have a lot to live up to if only to match the quality of the first event.  

Teams in the event are made up of five boys and five girls who played a total of 20 games, 2 girls singles, 2 boys singles, 2 girls doubles, 2 boys doubles and 2 mixed doubles, against each opponent. 


Under 17’s

In the U17’s event Dublin won the overall tournament by just 2 points, meaning their 11-9 victory of Slinky Smashers of Donegal was crucial.

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The 2014-2015 Season highlight? – Ireland Joins Europe's Elite

As the season comes to a close we look back at one of the highlights of the season so far. After a series of ‘almosts’ over the past number of years, Ireland’s senior badminton team finally made the breakthrough they so richly deserved making it to the quarter final of the European Mixed Team championships in Leuven, Belgium in February.

The memory of the previous European Team event in Russia 2013, was still fresh in the mind of most of the Irish team after coming within a game of beating seeded France and getting to the knockout stages for the first time. Ultimately it was not to be in 2013 but there was a sense of unfinished business in Belgium and team Ireland were in a determined mood to finally put the disappointment of Russia 2013 to bed.















The 2015 European mixed team championship was to be the showcase of Europe’s elite and the tournament itself started back in November 2014 when all but the five pre-qualified teams, Germany (holders) Belgium (Hosts), Denmark, England & Russia, engaged in the newly formatted qualification stages which took place across Europe from Ireland to Estonia and from Iceland to Poland.

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Badminton Ireland skill development programmes going from strength to strength

The Badminton Ireland Academy 

The Badminton Ireland Academy (BIA) was launched in 2013 with the objective of providing regular weekly training to help players reach their full badminton potential, forming a key part of the Badminton Ireland skill development programme. The Academy is open to players of all levels and ages, with all players focused on maximising their personal badminton goals.

The badminton sessions are held on week days so players can build training schedules around study, club play and weekend provincial squads. There are additional performance psychology, S&C, sports massage and physiology sessions.

Players in the BIA have access the following support for what works out to €4 an hour:

  • 10 hours of badminton with one coach per court.
  • Expert coaching staff including a world No7 and a world No12 player.  Between them our coaching team has attended seven Olympic Games.
  • X2 strength and conditioning sessions per week delivered by a qualified Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) instructor
  • Personal coach to manage technical/tactical improvement and help with tournament programme selection.
  • Regular fitness testing/profiling and fitness programmes
  • Sparring players
  • Access to performance analysis (BI/IIS)
  • Access to Performance Psychology (IIS)
  • Access to Performance Nutrition (IIS)
  • Discount  from an Olympic and IIS accredited Physio – Aidan Woods
  • Access to soft tissue massage work each Wednesday evening given by a IIS accredited practitioner
  • Access to IIS medical team

This package is great value and provides an excellent support package for any aspiring champion.

Players who are not based in Dublin can access good value accommodation at the Marino Institute of Education (MIE) where the academy is based. Players make use of this opportunity on holiday weeks with some coming up Thursday – Sunday. The Saturday S&C session is available to all and individual programmes created.

Many up and coming players have received a scholarship at MIE or its partner institutes Trinity College and DCU which is a short drive away.

Although the main Academy is in Dublin, the long term objective is to develop a network of Badminton Ireland Academy Cell’s around Ireland providing opportunity for players all over to access a quality training environment. On the flip side of this the pool of coaches working with the Badminton Ireland coaching team have been developed in unison with Dan Magee, Badminton Ireland’ Performance Pathway Coach , who is focused on developing future coaching talent such as Al Bredin, Naomi Darragh, Michelle Hayes, Gerard Loh, Shane Wynne, Anthony Conneely, Will O’Neil, Norma McIntyre, Karen Brady and many more.
The key driver to this is to ensure that coaches from all areas of Ireland have regular continual progfessional development opportunities and that they look to update their coaching certificates, and encourage other coaches in their club to do the same. Each academy cell requires a coach to be actively working towards their level 2 award and be on the Coaches license. As part of this they gain regular CPD opportunities, personally mentored by Dan Magee.

The first pilot Academy Cell in Ennis has worked incredibly well. National players such as Lana Browne, Alex Troy, Moya Ryan and Megan Bredin developing from Ennis, with regular interaction at the main Academy Cell in Dublin. Over the past months further Cells in Galway, South and North Dublin have all developed offering a quality badminton coaching.
Discussions are underway for future Academy Cell’s in from Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork, Waterford, Roscommon and Navan. With the development of a network of Cells and the option of accessing the Main Academy in Dublin the development of the Badminton Ireland Academy has been a major success over the past three years.

Part of the syllabus within the Academy system is the use of the Teicnic skills ( based programme which provides coaches with specific technical goals to work toward with players. Starting at White, the players learns early basic techniques before quickly developing through the 7 levels programme to high level spins, cuts and smashes.   See for more information on the programme.

For more information on the Badminton Ireland Academy, please see  or contact 

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