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  • Inclusive taster sessions held in Dublin, Kerry, and Tipperary

    26/05/2017 Inclusive taster sessions held in Dublin, Kerry, and Tipperary

    A number of inclusive taster sessions have been held nationwide in recent weeks with participants in the Dublin Swifts (Dublin), the Kingdom Wheelblasters (Kerry), and a variety of service groups in Tipperary, all provided with the opportunity to sample Badminton.

    1. Dublin Swifts – April 09th

    The Dublin Swifts are an Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) club based in IWA headquarters in Clontarf. Having never previously played Badminton, the group were introduced to the game on Sunday, April 09th, as Badminton Ireland tutor Tony Robinson delivered a taster session to a group of ten participants. Tony was ably supported on the day by his wife Evelyn, BI Development Officer Fiach Andrews, and all present volunteers and coaches who lead activities in the club. Ten club members got to try the game with the age range of participants ranging between the ages of six and twenty-four.

    “The Dublin Swifts group thoroughly enjoyed the session Tony delivered to them and there has been some really positive feedback since the event from members of the club. There was a great appetite for the game among the participants and we hope to link up with the club again in the near future to develop this connection further and support them in any way we can. These are exciting times for Para-Badminton in Ireland and links such as this one with the Dublin Swifts are essential for us as we continue to strive to raise the profile of the game, enhance our structures, and increase the participation base nationwide”. - Fiach Andrews, Development Officer for Badminton Ireland

    2. Kingdom Wheelblasters – April 29th

    Regina Scally travelled to Tralee on April 29th to deliver a taster session to an enthusiastic group of fifteen participants from the Kingdom Wheelblasters (IWA) group in Tralee, Co. Kerry. There was a slightly different approach adopted for the start of this taster session as for half an hour prior to the arrival of the players, Regina provided the coaches and leaders with an insight to the activities she was going to implement on the day. The idea behind this was that the club leaders would be educated in terms of the type of activities that they can implement on a weekly basis within the club.

    Regina then hosted a taster session for ninety minutes as the Kingdom Wheelblasters club members got an introduction to badminton, learned the fundamentals of the game, tested themselves with various challenges, and also were provided with information on the upcoming Irish Para Badminton International.

    I thoroughly enjoyed leading my first taster session - it was fantastic. I felt a real sense of achievement that I accomplished my mission in promoting Para-Badminton to this young, energetic, and highly motivated group. The interest and potential shown in the session was so inspiring for me and knowing that Para-Badminton will now become part of the club's Saturday sessions gives me great hope for the future of Para-Badminton in Ireland." - Regina Scally, Coach

    3. Nenagh BC, Tipperary – May 04th

    In conjunction with the Tipperary Sports Partnership and Nenagh Badminton Club, a taster session was held on May 04th in Nenagh College. Badminton Ireland were extremely grateful to the school for making their Sports Hall available during opening hours and it proved to be a central location for the four service groups who travelled from various parts of the county to take part on the day. Twenty participants took part in activities lead by Nenagh BC coaches Richard Hudson, Sudhir Maharaj, and Miklos Heveli over the course of two hours, and the large numbers in attendance were a testament to the time and effort invested by Elaine Cullinane and Sharon McLoughney from the Sports Partnership to recruit players for the event.

    Following the warm-up delivered by Miklos, the athletes were put through their paces with various facets of the game by all of the coaches and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event as a whole which was evident in the number of smiles on faces from everyone who left the hall that day, from the players to the service leaders who also joined in with activities. Tipperary Sports Partnership along with Nenagh BC are now aiming to link up and run with a six week programme in the coming months to follow-up on the success of the event.

    "We at Nenagh Badminton Club were extremely honoured and excited to welcome a fantastic group of participants to the inclusive badminton taster session held in Nenagh College. Coaches Richard Huson, Miklos Heveli, and I were delighted with the eagerness and energy of the participants, and we enjoyed the session just as much as the participants themselves. It was a great learning experience for ourselves in terms of adapting activities to suit the needs of the groups. We look forward to seeing these athletes and their peers again, and would be keen to facilitate such sessions again in the future!" - Sudhir Maharaj, Nenagh Badminton Club

    The next upcoming taster session is taking place in Cavan on June 21st as the IWA groups in Cavan and Navan are attending a session which is being lead by Badminton Ireland licenced coach Terry Conroy. 

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    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Rathfarnham Parish Badminton Club 75th Anniversary Tournament

    15/05/2017 Rathfarnham Parish Badminton Club 75th Anniversary Tournament

    Rathfarnham Badminton Club would like to invite all members to join them, in Celebration of their 75th Year Anniversary.

     

    As you can imagine, this is a super achievement for our club and we would like to share this experience with as many people whom we have encountered over the years, be it on court over the net, court-side, at many a fancy supper or even meeting through leagues and cups at their many events!!

    We are holding a Mixed Doubles, Tournament in Whitehall Road on the 27th May. Divisions 4-6 12:00-3pm and Divisions 7-10 3-6pm. There promises to be many a game and fun on the day....even some spot prizes!! So dust off the rackets for one last hit before the summer swoops in!!

    The evening event will be open to all to attend in which we hope you will share memories, make new friends and help us celebrate with our raffle extravaganza, cake, food and much more!! We will be upstairs in the bar area from 6pm and would love to see as many of you as possible! Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets ( €3 each or 2 for €5) before the event or on the day...prizes include:

    1. 2 night stay for 2 ppl at Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry

    2. 2 Phil Collins Concert Tickets

    3. Personal Training with Scott Furlong

    4. Carlton Badminton Racket & Gear

    5. Spin 1038 Goodie Bag & Cinema Tickets

    6. Wireless Headphones

    7. Drinks Hamper

    8. Food Hamper

    9. 1 week in Camp Rathdown for 1 child

    10. Dinner for 2 at Enigma Restaurant

    11. McGuirks Golf Voucher

     

    Click on this link for the entry form.

    Please note: all entries are to this address: rpbcirl@gmail.com or secretary: rbpcmatchsec@gmail.com by Monday 22nd May 2017.

    Rahfarnham Parish Badminton Club Secretary

  • Teicnic/Club Update - Banteer Juvenile BC

    03/05/2017 Teicnic/Club Update - Banteer Juvenile BC

    As the season is nearing a close, Banteer Juvenile BC decided to finish with a flourish by having club members assessed on the white and yellow levels of the Badminton Ireland Teicnic programme. Teicnic Badminton is a skill based programme focusing on the technical progression of players at key stages of their development. Twenty-seven participants were assessed on the day by David Mulcahy, and each of them had a challenging but enjoyable experience.

    The club has had a busy 2016/2017 season with plenty of activity on a number of different fronts. Local primary school teams, Banteer Girls N.S. and Lyre NS, both medalled at the All-Ireland Shuttle Time Primary Schools Finals. In the All-Ireland Shuttle Time Secondary Schools Finals, eight teams between Scoil Mhuire and Colaiste Treasa were heavily represented from Banteer Juvenile BC, with 98% of players on these teams playing in the club. This figure is remarkable as it highlights the club-school links that have been developed.

    Furthermore, coaching has played a pivotal role in the club’s development in recent times. Aidan O’Donoghue and David Mulcahy are both BWF Level 1 coaches who have been training and developing the juveniles over the course of the year. Additionally, Helen Moore has provided weekly coaching in small groups for interested members and this was well attended throughout the season. Three members also completed a Shuttle Time course, which further enhances the coaching practices within the club.

    Finally, it must be acknowledged that without the dedication, efforts, time, and support of the committee and club volunteers, none of this would be possible. With that in mind honourable mentions must go to Denise Murphy, Ciara Buckley, Pat Buckley, Josephine O’Donoghue, Eileen Kelleher, Cathal O’Donoghue, Alan Coughlan, Tom O’Connell, Ciara O’Flynn, Karen O’Donoghue, Hannah Buckley, Tara Sweeney, and Lisa O’Donoghue.

    The club can look forward to the 2017/2018 season with optimism as the club profile continues to rise. There is a summer camp taking place in August, details of which will be released in the coming weeks from the club. Exciting times ahead for all in Banteer Juvenile BC.

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  • Badminton Ireland team up with Cavan and Monaghan Sports Partnerships for Sports Inclusion Programme

    13/04/2017 Badminton Ireland team up with Cavan and Monaghan Sports Partnerships for Sports Inclusion Programme

    Last Wednesday, the 5th of April, Badminton Ireland were delighted to support the Sports Inclusion Programme Easter Jamboree event organised by the Cavan and Monaghan Sports Partnerships. The event was held in Castle Saunderson Scout Centre in Belturbet, Co. Cavan, and it proved to be a great success, with 49 participants getting to play badminton on the day alongside other activities which included basketball and jiving.

    We would like to say well done to all the participants, many of whom were playing badminton for the very first time, and also thank you to the Cavan and Monaghan Sports Partnerships for inviting us to attend what was a fantastic event.

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    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Edition 2: New Clubs 2016/2017

    07/04/2017 Edition 2: New Clubs 2016/2017

    The second edition of articles on new clubs in the 2016/2017 season focuses on Axis BC and Kilkenny City BC. This year was the first time that both clubs had registered with Badminton Ireland, and this news story will hopefully recognise the efforts of all club members in ensuring that both clubs had a successful debut season.

     

    Club Profile 3: Axis Badminton Club

    Playing Venue: Castlelands Community Centre, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
    Qualified Coaches:

    One Level 1 Coach

    Two Level 0 / Shuttletime Coaches

    Local Sports Partnership Connection:

    Fingal Sports Partnership

    BI Clubmark: The club is currently working towards the Bronze Clubmark certification.
    BI Teicnic: The club have arranged for their members to be assessed on the White Teicnic in the coming weeks.
    Competitions Entered: Bonanza Events
    Recruitment Strategies:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABC.DUBLIN/?fref=ts

    Flyers/Posters (in excess of 300+) distributed in local towns.

    Two vehicles with Axis BC advertisement displayed.

    Website: http://axisbadmintonclub.simdif.com/

    Club Communication Strategies:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABC.DUBLIN/?fref=ts

    Member's Whatsapp Group

    Website: http://axisbadmintonclub.simdif.com/

     Club Open Night: The club open night was held in November 2016 and local TD Brendan Ryan attended to cut the ribbon. Also in attendance was Joe Byrne and David Murphy from the DDLC committee, along with a journalist from the North County Leader 
    Challenges Facing The Club: Covering the cost of club equipment. The club have requested to be placed on the Tesco Community Initiative Fund and are also hosting a club fundraiser in the coming weeks as means of managing all costs.
    Future Aspirations For The Club:

    The club intend to have another two members qualified as Level 0 coaches at the end of the 2017 calendar year.

    Moreover, in the 2017/2018 season, the club will enter the DDLC for the first time.

    Long-term aspiration for Axis BC is there will be further club locations in the Fingal area to further expand Axis.

     

    Club Profile 4: Kilkenny City Badminton Club

    Playing Venue: The Watershed, Bohernatounish, Kilkenny
    Number Of Club Members: 43
    Competitions Entered: South West Leinster Leagues
    Recruitment Strategies: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KilkennyBadminton/?fref=ts
    Future Aspirations For The Club:

    Increase the number of affiliated members in the club.

    Increase the number of teams competing in the SWLL in the coming years.

    Interesting Club Fact: The club were the winners of the monthly online affiliation draw with Badminton Ireland in which they received fifteen tubes of shuttles for being drawn as winners.

     

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    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

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Rathfarnham Parish Badminton Club 75th Anniversary Tournament

Rathfarnham Badminton Club would like to invite all members to join them, in Celebration of their 75th Year Anniversary.

 

As you can imagine, this is a super achievement for our club and we would like to share this experience with as many people whom we have encountered over the years, be it on court over the net, court-side, at many a fancy supper or even meeting through leagues and cups at their many events!!

We are holding a Mixed Doubles, Tournament in Whitehall Road on the 27th May. Divisions 4-6 12:00-3pm and Divisions 7-10 3-6pm. There promises to be many a game and fun on the day....even some spot prizes!! So dust off the rackets for one last hit before the summer swoops in!!

The evening event will be open to all to attend in which we hope you will share memories, make new friends and help us celebrate with our raffle extravaganza, cake, food and much more!! We will be upstairs in the bar area from 6pm and would love to see as many of you as possible! Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets ( €3 each or 2 for €5) before the event or on the day...prizes include:

1. 2 night stay for 2 ppl at Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry

2. 2 Phil Collins Concert Tickets

3. Personal Training with Scott Furlong

4. Carlton Badminton Racket & Gear

5. Spin 1038 Goodie Bag & Cinema Tickets

6. Wireless Headphones

7. Drinks Hamper

8. Food Hamper

9. 1 week in Camp Rathdown for 1 child

10. Dinner for 2 at Enigma Restaurant

11. McGuirks Golf Voucher

 

Click on this link for the entry form.

Please note: all entries are to this address: rpbcirl@gmail.com or secretary: rbpcmatchsec@gmail.com by Monday 22nd May 2017.

Rahfarnham Parish Badminton Club Secretary

Teicnic/Club Update - Banteer Juvenile BC

As the season is nearing a close, Banteer Juvenile BC decided to finish with a flourish by having club members assessed on the white and yellow levels of the Badminton Ireland Teicnic programme. Teicnic Badminton is a skill based programme focusing on the technical progression of players at key stages of their development. Twenty-seven participants were assessed on the day by David Mulcahy, and each of them had a challenging but enjoyable experience.

The club has had a busy 2016/2017 season with plenty of activity on a number of different fronts. Local primary school teams, Banteer Girls N.S. and Lyre NS, both medalled at the All-Ireland Shuttle Time Primary Schools Finals. In the All-Ireland Shuttle Time Secondary Schools Finals, eight teams between Scoil Mhuire and Colaiste Treasa were heavily represented from Banteer Juvenile BC, with 98% of players on these teams playing in the club. This figure is remarkable as it highlights the club-school links that have been developed.

Furthermore, coaching has played a pivotal role in the club’s development in recent times. Aidan O’Donoghue and David Mulcahy are both BWF Level 1 coaches who have been training and developing the juveniles over the course of the year. Additionally, Helen Moore has provided weekly coaching in small groups for interested members and this was well attended throughout the season. Three members also completed a Shuttle Time course, which further enhances the coaching practices within the club.

Finally, it must be acknowledged that without the dedication, efforts, time, and support of the committee and club volunteers, none of this would be possible. With that in mind honourable mentions must go to Denise Murphy, Ciara Buckley, Pat Buckley, Josephine O’Donoghue, Eileen Kelleher, Cathal O’Donoghue, Alan Coughlan, Tom O’Connell, Ciara O’Flynn, Karen O’Donoghue, Hannah Buckley, Tara Sweeney, and Lisa O’Donoghue.

The club can look forward to the 2017/2018 season with optimism as the club profile continues to rise. There is a summer camp taking place in August, details of which will be released in the coming weeks from the club. Exciting times ahead for all in Banteer Juvenile BC.

For all the latest badminton news follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

Badminton Ireland team up with Cavan and Monaghan Sports Partnerships for Sports Inclusion Programme

Last Wednesday, the 5th of April, Badminton Ireland were delighted to support the Sports Inclusion Programme Easter Jamboree event organised by the Cavan and Monaghan Sports Partnerships. The event was held in Castle Saunderson Scout Centre in Belturbet, Co. Cavan, and it proved to be a great success, with 49 participants getting to play badminton on the day alongside other activities which included basketball and jiving.

We would like to say well done to all the participants, many of whom were playing badminton for the very first time, and also thank you to the Cavan and Monaghan Sports Partnerships for inviting us to attend what was a fantastic event.

Follow all the latest Badminton Ireland news on our Facebook and Twitter.

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

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