24 February 2017
The U13 & U17 Nationals are taking place in Waterford this weekend and our sponsors FZ Forza will be presenting an award to the player who shows most fighting spirit and/or fair play during the tournament.
The prize will be a draw string backpack from the new 2017/2018 FZ FORZA collection which will not be available on the shelves until August 2017.
The winner will be chosen by Forza Sports Mark Phelan in collaboration with a BI senior staff member. The judges decision will be final. The winner must be present to collect award on Sunday 26th February before the start of finals.
To see more about FZ Forza Sports click on this link.
24 February 2017
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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21 February 2017
The level 1 coaching qualification is the second step on the coaching ladder after the Shuttle Time course. The level 1 course is designed for those people who have a basic level of badminton experience and knowledge, who wish to coach at school or club level. Places are limited on the course so see below for details and how to book a place.
Details for our first Level 1 course of the year are as follows:
Location: Ardclough GAA Club, Naas, Co.Kildare.
1st weekend - 4th/5th March
2nd weekend - 29th/30th April
If you are interested in going on the course then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on (01) 839 3028.
For more information on the Level 1 coaching course click on this link.
19 February 2017
The second day of the FZ Forza Irish Club Championships saw the semi-finals and finals of the grade A and C being played. Lakewood retained the Grade A title for the second consecutive year, while Ailesbury won the grade C section. There was a number of close matches in the semi finals and finals. There were also play off matches for 3rd/4th placing as well as 5th/6th.
In the grade A semi finals Mount Pleasant versus Alpha came right down to the wire. The game was level 3-3 going into the mixed match. Mount Pleasant saved three match points over the course of the mixed. They ended up winning the mixed in three games, 23-21 in the third. In the other semi-final Lakewood were comfortable winners against Greenwell Street.
In the Grade C section Ailesbury came out winners against Old Bawn with some exciting matches throughout. Kingdom won the other semi-final in grade C section beating Johnswell.
Some great badminton was played in the finals of both the grade A and C with players cheering their teammates on from the side of the courts. The grade A final was between Mount Pleasant and Lakewood. Lakewood performed well to retain the title for the second year running. The grade C final was a close match where Ailesbury came up against Kingdom. This final had some exciting matches but went down to the mixed which Ailesbury won to claim the grade C title.
A big thank you to Badminton Ireland president Betty Thompson for presenting the medals, to Aengus Sheerin and Micheal O'Morain for running the event, Galway lawn tennis club and all the participating players and clubs.
For all the results over the two days click on this link.
For the photos from the event follow this link.
18 February 2017
Galway Lawn Tennis Club is playing host to the FZ Forza All Ireland Club Championships this weekend where 12 teams and over 140 players have travelled to attempt to become winners of the grade A and C titles. The tournament is over 100 years old and is well attended by clubs from all over the country. There was a great atmosphere in the hall throughout the day with players catching up and socialising while they cheered on their teammates. The format for the matches are 1 men's and women's singles, 2 men's and women's doubles and 1 mixed for total of 7 matches.
There were some exciting and close matches in the opening day of the competition. Grade A title holders Lakewood dominated in their first match beating Ballyclare 6-1 in the A section. The other match in the A section saw Greenwell Street come down to the last match against Clogher valley. It was 3-3 after some tight matches and it came down to the mixed. Greenwell Street managed to clinch the tie as they won the final mixed match in three games. In the later matches Mount Pleasant beat Clogher Valley 4-3 while Alpha won 5-2 against Ballyclare.
In the Grade C section Oldbawn had a tight encounter with the hosts Galway Lawn Tennis Club (GLTC). Four of the matches went to three games with Oldbawn having a comeback to take victory in the final mixed. Also in the grade C section KADCA lost 6-1 Johnswell. In later matches in the Grade C section Ailesbury came out the 5-2 winners against KADCA while, Kingdom dominated over GLTC beating them 7-0.
The tournament will continue tomorrow with the final being played later in the day.
For full results from day 1 click on this link.
To see some of the photos from the event so far click on this link to be directed to our Facebook page.
17 February 2017
The Shuttle Time programme got off to a great start in January 2017 with a course having been run in every province in the first month. The aim of Shuttle Time is to get all children playing badminton in their school, club and college.
Our first course of the year was in Coolmine, Blanchardstown on the 8th of January. The course was well attended with people coming from across the province to take part. The next course ran was in Oranmore where one of our Badminton Ireland Academy Cell's is held under academy coaches Shane Wynne and Anthony Conneely.
On the 20th of January Karen Brady ran a student teacher Shuttle Time course in University of Limerick where a large group of training teachers took part.
On the 28th of January we ran two Shuttle Time courses on opposite ends of the country. One was held in Carrigaline Badminton Club led by Tony Robinson alongside Michelle Hayes and the other was held in Avoniel Leisure centre led by Mervyn Fee. Both courses had great attendance with some good feedback coming from the participants. "The course was really enjoyable and useful" - Shuttle Time participant.
Also in coach education, we had licenced coaches Craig McCourtney and Mark Topping travel to Cardiff and complete the Shuttle Time Tutor/Trainer course. They both achieved the higher Trainer status from this course.
We have an upcoming level 1 course in Arcdlough Gaa club with the two weekends being the 4th/5th of March and 29th/30th April. For all of our upcoming coaching course click on the link.
The Teicnic Summer Camp applications are now also open and they can be found by clicking on this link.