Badminton Ireland Overview
Badminton has strong roots in the Irish sporting community. Badminton Ireland was founded in 1899, took part in the first international badminton match against England in 1903 and was founding member of the World Badminton Federation in 1934.
Today, our sporting proposition is as valid as ever, Badminton is truly a sport for life, in Ireland we have one of the largest badminton memberships per capita in the world with deep roots in the local community with over 400 clubs. We have a successful high performance programme with two Olympians in London 2012 and three on track for Rio 2016.
Being able to support the badminton community is essential and we have placed great emphasis on providing excellent support to our members, as a result we have an increasing membership with over 16,000 registered players in Ireland and an estimated 100,000 playing the game regularly.
A prime example is the Shuttle Time school project, where we support teachers by providing badminton training and easy to use resources and provide a badminton kit bag free of charge. This has further strengthened our link with education with our high performance centre being based at the Marino campus of Trinity university, Dublin.
Figure 1.1 highlights the Badminton Ireland structure.