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Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena hosts the FZ Forza Irish Open 2016

The FZ Forza Irish Open got underway today in the new Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. Many Irish players were attempting to qualify for the the main event which kicks off tomorrow at 10am. The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena is on the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown and can house over 20 different sports. badminton is the first of these sports to host an event in the Arena. Over 250 players from 29 countries will feature in the event this week.

Jonathan Dolan and David Walsh qualified into the main draw of the men's doubles from today's qualifying rounds. Many Irish players will feature in the first round tomorrow including three-time Olympians Scott Evans and Chloe Magee. Badminton Europe is streaming all 6 courts tomorrow so if you can't make it down to the action you will be able to catch the matches live on their Youtube channel. Keep in mind entry to the venue for the week is free of charge for spectators. 

Make sure to come down and support the Irish players and see the new Arena .

For photos from today's round click on this link.

 

 

 

High Performance

Link for 6 court streaming at the Irish Open 2016

Click on this link for 6 court streaming from Badminton Europe at the FZ Forza Irish Open 2016.

General

*IMPORTANT* - Volunteers urgently needed for the Irish Open 2016

The new volunteer portal on our website will allow you to register yourself to help out at events during the season. It includes the various jobs available at each event and you can select times and days that you are available to assist. We require volunteers urgently at the upcoming FZ Forza Irish Open being held in the National Indoor Arena from the 7th-10th of December. See some images below of where to find the link to our volunteer's application.

On the website, click on the link marked in red to be redirected to the Volunteers portal.

Then click on the Log In/Register button to proceed.

You will need to create an account before being able to select which event you would like to volunteer at.

 

Don't forget for each day you volunteer at an event you get entered into our draw for All England Badminton Championship 2017, flights and VIP tickets. If you are struggling using the new app or have any queries you can email gfarrell@badmintonireland.com or call the office on 01 839 3028.

 

Events

National Indoor Arena awaits the FZ Forza Irish Open 2016

The FZ Forza Irish Open 2016 approaches and the new Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena awaits the arrival of some of the world's top players for its first ever event. The Open will be taking place from the 7th - 10th of December on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Entry for spectators into the Arena will be free of charge so it's a great chance to see the venue for the first time and experience some of the action.

Many Irish players will be playing in the event including three-time Olympians Chloe Magee and Scott Evans. There will be over 200 players taking part in the event including last year's men's singles winner Ander Antonsen upcoming Danish badminton star. There will be 6 courts streaming live over the course of the event.

We are looking for volunteers to assist in the event over any of the days. Don't forget by volunteering you could be in with a chance to win flights and VIP tickets to the All England Badminton Championships 2017. By volunteering, you can also avail of a free coaching session with National Coaches John Quinn and Daniel Magee. You can volunteer by emailing gfarrell@badmintonireland.com or by using our new volunteer's app.

Check out our Facebook event for more details and to keep up to date.

High Performance

Multiple players featuring in the Welsh International

This week the Welsh International takes place at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff where 10 Irish players are travelling to compete in the competition. This will be the last event before some of these players take to the stage in the new Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena for the FZ Forza Irish Open 2016.

The players travelling this week are as follows: Nhat Nguyen, Paul Reynolds, Jennie King, Sinead Chambers, Ciaran Chambers, Mark Brady, Sara Boyle, Rachael Darragh, Jonathan Dolan and David Walsh. Some of these players have had impressive results in the past winning National and European titles, so there will be an expectation resting on their shoulders.

The tournament is running from the 30th November to the 3rd December with many of the players featuring in the qualification stages of the competition which takes place tomorrow. For a full list of the matches for the tournament click on this link.

Keep up to date with all of the latest in badminton from around the country by following our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Coaching

Shuttle Time Courses in Ulster (2017)

Badminton Ireland will be hosting a number of Shuttle Time courses in Ulster in 2017. Below are the first courses that are scheduled and the dates, times and places they are taking place.

Saturday 28/01/17 - Avoniel Leisure Centre, Belfast. 10am-4pm

Sunday 26/02/17 - Omagh Leisure Centre. 10am-4pm

Saturday 11/03/17 - Peace Link Centre, Monaghan. 11am - 5pm

Saturday 18/03/17 - Foyle Arena, Londonderry. 10am-4pm

If you are interesting in taking one of these courses or any of our other Shuttle Time course email coaching@badmintonireland.com

The prices for the Shuttle Time course are as follows (Payment must be made before attending:

Teachers: Free of charge (Up to three per affiliated school).

Affiliated members: €55/£47

Non-Affiliated members: €68/£58

Click here for a link to our coaching calendar.

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