Badminton Ireland Office Closed Friday 15th June

The Badminton Ireland Office will be closed today Friday 15th June due to the Special Olympics Ireland Games taking place on the National Sports Campus. If you have any queries you will be able to contact the relevant members of staff on their email.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Special Olympics Ireland Games 2018

The Special Olympics Ireland Games will be taking place on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus from the 14th-17th June. With 13 different sports taking place and over 1500 athletes involved it is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year.

Badminton will be one of the sports featuring at the games and will be taking place in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena during the event. There will be athletes from 5 different regions taking part: Leinster, Connacht, Munster, Ulster and Eastern Region. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the events.

Details of the games can be found on the Special Olympics Ireland Games website.

High Performance

Irish Masters Team Finish 7th at Forza Nations Cup

The Irish Master's team finished an impressive 7th at the 2018 Forza Nations Cup held in France. The Forza Nations Cup is a doubles only competition where each team will play one WD, one MD and two XD in each age group: +40, +45, +50, +55, +60.

In the group stages Ireland was in a tough group with France & Denmark but had some great matches and narrowly missed coming 2nd losing out to France by 1 point.

This put them in the playoff positions for 7th, 8th & 9th and after 2 great wins against Austria & Switzerland Ireland finished in 7th position.

A major highlight for the Irish team was the over 60's Women's doubles remaining undefeated throughout the tournament.

For more photos and information on the event follow the link to the event Facebook Page.

The Irish Masters Team:

40's Men- Jonathan Perry & Andrew Fenner

40's Women- Gillian Grimes, Jayne Orr & Georgina Ward

45's Men- Shane Guildea & Willie Stevenson

45's Women- Siobhan Grehan & Sylvia Campion

50's Men- Ian Young & Simon Thompson

50's Women- Brenda Murray Flynn & Julia Dunlop

55's Men- Kieran McMahon & Gerard Kenna

55's Women- Pam Peard & Sian Williams

60's Men- Joe Wright & Joe Abbott

60's Women-  Christine Graham, Mary Bird & Doreen McClements


National Governance Officer Role

Badminton Ireland is delighted to announce a vacancy for a full-time National Governance Officer to start immediately. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a vibrant, sporting organisation with an Olympic focus and an excellent opportunity to gain experience and pursue a career in the sporting or administration domain. There are excellent opportunities to progress within the Organisation.

The role of the governance officer will be to implement and review Badminton Ireland's policies (Safeguarding, Complaints, etc) and act as a liaison to our members on issues such as Child protection. The suitable candidate with have excellent written and verbal communication and be able to deliver talks and training sessions to our members. They should also be proficient in editing and proofreading policies.

Badminton Ireland works with its stakeholders across Ireland to increase participation and improve the quality of the sporting experience for participants. The ideal candidate will be able to work as part of a team but also independently. This is an office-based role but due to the nature of the sporting industry, some evening and weekend work may be necessary.

Please submit a detailed cover letter and CV to using the subject line National Governance Officer Role before close of business on the 29th of June 2018.


Job Description


Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Job-Based: Irish Sports H.Q, Dublin

Salary: Competitive



  • Familiarisation with Children First (ROI) and Our Duty to Care (NI) to ensure they can act as an information source to other members of Badminton Ireland.
  • Familiarisation with vetting procedure - Garda Vetting (ROI) and Access NI (NI).
  • To act as a resource to members in relation to child protection, governance, etc.
  • Co-ordination of training for others (Branches, Counties, Clubs).
  • The promotion of the values, attitudes and structures which make sport enjoyable for all.
  • Circulation of all relevant information and resource materials on governance to clubs and affiliates of Badminton Ireland.
  • Communication with Club Safeguarding Officers to ensure the distribution of relevant policies and the promotion of related education programmes, materials, events and Badminton Ireland-related codes.
  • Liaise with Branches and clubs to examine the rules, regulations and structures to ensure that they are child centred, e.g. equal playing time, appropriate competition structures, bullying policy etc.
  • Liaise with Branches and clubs to ensure drop-out rates and transfers are monitored so that unusual developments or trends can be addressed, including the transfer of sports leaders (coaches, team managers, officers, etc.).
  • Development of a system of record keeping which maintains confidentiality while allowing for appropriate information to be passed to relevant authorities where necessary.
  • Monitor and update policies and procedures in line with good governance/legislation. Ensure updates are communicated and training made available where necessary.
  • Ensuring that the Badminton Ireland develops an appropriate, sport-specific code, which includes a policy statement, codes of conduct, disciplinary procedures, bullying policy, safety statement, recruitment and selection policy and reporting procedures
  • To act as the first point of contact for all Safeguarding enquiries.
  • Proactively promote governance related campaigns to all stakeholders, for example, anti-bullying, GDPR, Complaints Management.


Candidates should note that this list does not represent an exhaustive list and is subject to change as the job requires.

This position will require at times an amount of weekend availability with working hours spread over the week.


   Essential  Desirable



Qualifications & Attainments

Certificate of attendance at a Safeguarding/Child Protection in Sport or the equivalent workshop.

Hold a Child Protection Tutor qualification or equivalent.   
Computer literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office including Word and  Excel. Third Level qualification.
Fluent in the English language.  


Relevant Experience & Knowledge


Experience in a similar role. Two years' experience in a similar role.
Understanding of safeguarding/child protection procedures and policies as it applies to sports clubs. Be an existing Badminton Ireland member, with experience in dealing with young people.
Understanding of behaviour which is harmful to children - thresholds of 'poor practice' - 'abusive behaviour'.

Knowledge of Policy and Procedure development.

Experience working with volunteers.  


 Special Aptitudes

Excellent literary and communication skills with the ability to produce clear, concise reports. Existing Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer in any sporting club.
Proven record of working to a deadline.
Excellent organisational skills.



General Aptitudes

Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel (such as young people, volunteers teachers, coaches and parents).
Ability to be self-motivated, resourceful, work on own initiative in a flexible and co-operative manner.
Ability to demonstrate confidence, empathy, enthusiasm and initiative.




Ability to work out of normal office hours.
Be prepared to undertake training in any relevant job-related area.
Full driving license.




Baldoyle Academy Cell Summer Coaching

The Badminton Ireland Academy Cell in Baldoyle is accepting players for summer coaching from June-September. The Cell currently runs once a week in Baldoyle Badminton Centre on a Wednesday with fully licenced and qualified coaches leading the sessions.

The aim of the cell is to encourage players to improve themselves and take their skills to the next level, feeding into the BI Academy system.

BI Academy Cells extend the quality coaching and training environment and bring it to a wider pool of players. It offers players a high coach-to-player ratio, quality facilities and access to the Badminton Ireland High-Performance Coaching team.

There are limited places available so, please email for enquiries or phone the office on 01 839 3028.

High Performance

Three Bronze Medals for Ireland in Lithuania

There were some impressive results form Irish players at the 2018 Lithuanian International. Joshua Magee won a bronze medal in the men's singles and won a bronze medal along with  Paul Reynolds in the men's doubles.

Reynolds and Magee beat Poland’s Konrad Ploch and Dominik Zietek 21-11 17-21 21-10, then they were also victorious against Denmark’s Rasmus Esperson and Sebastian Gronbjerg 21-18 21-15 to book a place in the semi-final of the event. They were beaten in the semi-final by Russian pair Egor Kurdyukov and Egor Okolov 18-21 21-13 21-15.

In the singles, Joshua Magee defeated England’s David Jones 21-14 21-23 21-18 before overcoming Belgian Julien Carraggi 24-22 22-20 and another Belgian Elias Bracke 23-21 21-13. This set up Joshua a place in the semi-final. Joshua pressed the number one seed Felix Burestedt from Sweden all the way but lost out 22-20 13-21 15-21.

In the mixed doubles, Rachael Darragh and Paul Reynolds overcame Americans Pedro Arturo Garcia-Flores and Jacqueline Wendy Myers 21-6 21-13, but Ukraine’s Artem Tkachuk and Anna Mikhalkova knocked them out with a scoreline of 23-21 20-22 21-19.

In the women’s singles, Rachael Darragh lost out to Alesia Zaitsava of Belarus 21-9 21-11. Jonathan Dolan lost out in the singles qualification to Henri Hurskainen 21-17 21-19.

For full results from this event click on this link. 


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