The Badminton Ireland talent identification programme aims to locate talented junior players between the ages of 8 - 13 and help them achieve their full potential via the Badminton Ireland Talent Development Pathway. This programme is about high performance sport and developing highly talented athletes who have the potential to compete for their country. It is not a junior participation programme.
Badminton Ireland has identified three key components for the Talent Identification process to achieve its goals:
Identifying talent as early as possible (Shuttle time/Teicnic Badminton);
Ensure the individual takes the correct player pathway to maximise their development;
Placing individuals into a sustainable system that will have opportunity for their game to constantly progress.
We are looking for athletes with the following profile:
Players that love badminton.
Keen to represent Ireland in one of the fastest growing and exciting Olympic sports.
A willingness to work up to a standard to compete with the rest of the world.
Good badminton skills – Black Level 7 Teicnic Badminton equivalent.
A talent identification toolkit has been developed in order to help the process. Teicnic Badminton, the 'back-belt' programme of badminton, is a skill-based program designed to help individual’s improve their technical ability through a series of ability levels.
Players under the age of 15 years of age are invited to attend the next Teicnic Badminton Camp, which acts as talent identification camp for the HP Development Group and the Junior National Squads.
Teicnic Badminton Camp
Date: Monday 5th - Friday 9th August 2013
Location: Badminton Ireland National Training Centre, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.
Age: Open to all players under the age of 15. Younger players in the U13 and U11 age groups are equally welcome and encouraged to attend.
For more information on the Teicnic camp please click here.
Talent Squad Standards
The various technical and physical standards that we look at for entry to the Talent Squad are given here:
If you achieve the standards?
Players that achieve the required standards will be invited to join our talent development programme. Athletes that do not achieve the standard will be given appropriate advice and everyone is welcome to attend the subsequent Talent Identification days.
Follow-up talent development programme
Athletes in the Talent Squad are required to attend a monthly regional camp. These are either one or two days at the weekend. There will be a subsidy charged for the training camps and for competitions entered. We also hold weekly camps each quarter. Badminton Ireland will work with the athlete's existing coaches to develop athletes to their full potential. Players will be given the opportunity to play at an appropriate level for their development and age.
Want to be involved withe the HP coaching team?
Level 1 and 2 coaches who would like to attend and gain more experience should contact Dan Magee, National Coach.
The programme offers the opportunity to:
Further their coach education via continual professional development (CPD).
To support players on the pathway and be part of Irish success.
To be part of a mentorship programme.