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  • Joy for IT Blanchardstown and IT Carlow as Moore and Ling take gold in Third Level Men's and Women's Singles

    16/02/2018 Joy for IT Blanchardstown and IT Carlow as Moore and Ling take gold in Third Level Men's and Women's Singles

    Luke Moore (IT Blanchardstown) and Tan Wee Ling (IT Carlow) were respectively crowned champions at the inaugural Student Sport Ireland (SSI)/Badminton Ireland Third Level Men’s and Women’s Singles Open event which took place yesterday in Baldoyle. Moore, who has dominated SSI competitions in recent times with fellow IT Blanchardstown student Megan Bredin, overcame the challenge of Athlone IT’s Wee Lun Foo 21-10 , 21-8, to take home gold in the Men’s Singles. However, the Women’s Singles final proved to be the match of the day, an intriguing three setter between Ling and Bredin ended on a score line of 21-18, 14-21, 21-10, in favour of the IT Carlow student.

    The round robin format used in the event ensured that the action was competitive throughout the course of the day and also ensured all players got numerous games. In the MS, Jack Lawlor (IT Tallaght), Luke Moore, and Wee Lun Foo progressed from their groups without dropping a set. Moore however was pushed hard in his first group game by eventual shield winner Justin Deligny (IT Tallaght), winning the second set 21-14 after a scare in the first which saw him edge out his opponent 21-19. Group 4 proved to be action packed, with Jack Davies (Letterkenny IT), Paddy Martin (IT Tallaght), and Brendan McGovern (IT Tralee) all paired together. Davies and Martin had both edged out Annascaul club man McGovern in close games to set up a decisive showdown between the pair to see who would top the group, and it was Davies who eventually prevailed in a see-saw battle.

    Semi-final stages of the MS Open threw up two pulsating encounters. In the first of those matches, Jack Lawlor couldn’t capitalise at 19-18 in the first set against Luke Moore, and was narrowly defeated 21-19 in two sets. Wee Lun Foo, a former winner of the SSI Third-Level League with DKIT and who has been impressive in the same competition to date this season, then surprised one of the tournament favourites Jack Davies when he came from behind to win an epic encounter 16-21, 21-19, 21-19, and set up a clash with Luke Moore in the final. Luke’s challenge proved too much for the gallant efforts of Foo, ensuring he captured another third-level title for IT Blanchardstown. Elsewhere, in the Men’s Shield, Justin Deligny defeated Matthew Soh (Griffith College), and Paddy Martin beat Aaron Tan (IT Tralee) to advance to the final where Justin was victorious when he overcame his fellow IT Tallaght student 21-14, 21-17.

    In the Women's Singles, Tan Wee Ling and Megan Bredin asserted their dominance from the beginning of the group stages with victories over Cheuk Wing (UU Coleraine), Aoife Boylan (IT Tallaght), and Alisha Burke (Letterkenny IT). However, both players then overcame stern opposition from Aileen Pfuffe (IT Carlow), before eventually progressing to set up a final clash with one another. The first set was a nip and tuck affair with Ling taking the decisive points for it to finish 21-18, but a determined Bredin immediately responded to take the second on a score line of 21-14 and ensure there would be a decisive third set. Ling however would finish the stronger, winning 21-10 in the third to claim victory.

                                                                                       

    Overall, the event proved to be a success with eight colleges represented and Badminton Ireland Development Officer Fiach Andrews had the follwing to say post-event; "We are working closely alongside Student Sport Ireland to ensure that we are providing more playing opportunities for players at third-level, and in the past few months we have managed to achieve this with the hosting of a XD Doubles Open in November, and then again today with the MS/WS Open. The desire for such events is clear when you consider some students travelled from as far as Coleraine, Letterkenny, and Tralee to compete, and the assurance for the students they would get a minimum of two games is essential given the time it took some of the players to travel to Baldoyle today. Moving forward, both ourselves and Student Sport Ireland are committed to the continued growth and development of the game at third-level". 

    The Student Sport Ireland League Finals take place on March 06th, and current league standings can be viewed here.

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  • New Third Level Men's & Women's Open Singles Event

    01/02/2018 New Third Level Men's & Women's Open Singles Event

                                 

          

     

    Student Sport Ireland in association with Badminton Ireland are hosting a new Third Level Men’s and Women’s Open Singles event that will take place on Thursday February 15th 2018 from 9am in Baldoyle Badminton Centre.

     

    This competition will see the top ranked students play off in a one-day format to determine who the top Third Level male and female singles players are in the country.

     

    All players are guaranteed a minimum of two games on the day, with a shield competition catering for those knocked out early in the Open grade.

     

    Entry Fee is €25pp and this includes one dinner voucher per player on the day.

     

    Please click on the Entry Form if interested in competing.

     

    For further information please contact Noel Holohan of Student Sport Ireland at noel@studentsport.ie

  • PSLC Achieve Bronze Clubmark Status

    24/01/2018 PSLC Achieve Bronze Clubmark Status

    We are delighted to announce that PSLC Badminton Club are the latest club to achieve the Bronze Clubmark status with Badminton Ireland after they recently finished off the process by putting a number of their members through the White Teicnic assessment with club coach Eamonn McFadden. It was evident how much support club members were willing to offer to assist the club in climbing on to the Clubmark ladder, when 23 participants from the adult and juvenile clubs undertook the White Teicnic assessment, all of whom were successful in securing their White Teicnic level that night.

    Club Background

    Founded in 1983, PSLC Badminton Club is an active social and competitive club for players of all ages. Based in Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, club play is offered three nights a week, and is currently thriving with up to 80 members between the adult and juvenile sections. PSLC are heavily involved in the Dublin District Leagues and Cups with up to 13 senior teams entered in 2017/2018, while they also have a number of junior teams competing in the Dublin Juvenile Leagues. 

    The Clubmark Journey

    Simon Keane, PSLC Club Secretary for the 2017/2018 season, gave us an insight into how the journey towards the Bronze Clubmark award began for the club; "About a year ago we started looking at ways to build up our juvenile club, so among other things we, as a club, decided to lower the age of entry from 10 to 8 years old. Keeping this in mind, we knew we needed more coaches and volunteers in order to run the club to the required standards. Hence, we began to search the Badminton Ireland website to seek information on coaching, and it was at this point when we came across the Clubmark process. In Clubmark, we found a roadmap that would help us to develop as a club, and essentially we used it as a framework to help improve practices within the club across all sectors".

    Working towards achieving the Clubmark award, the club knew that they would have to meet the mandatory coaching requirements that are part of the Bronze level. Three volunteers from the club volunteered to upskill on Badminton Ireland Coaching Courses, attend the Badminton Ireland Coaches Conference to complete their CPD, and also register with Badminton Ireland on the Coaches Licence. The benefits of engaging in these steps from a coaching point of view for the club according to Simon included; having an increased number of educated coaches in the club, and also being able to pass on information to club members of the Teicnic programme following attendance at the Coaches Conference.

    Furthermore, public relations was another aspect of club structures which PSLC targeted to revamp, and they made adjustments to their social media and website to build their online presence. In addition to this, they installed an online payment system on their website to allow membership fees to be paid online to the club, and this has proved to be a great success thus far. Advertisement and marketing was also done by putting up posters for the junior club in the locality, and dropping leaflets into local schools. The club have since created a school-club link as part of the Clubmark process.

    Progression for the Future

    We asked Simon about the clubs future and what progression will look like for them in the coming months and years, and here is what he had to say; "Our junior club has continued to go from strength to strength in recent months and numbers have almost doubled since last year, so we are already looking to add another session weekly for play. Likewise, while we have a team in the Dublin Juvenile Leagues this year, we are expecting to enter more teams in next seasons competition to ensure our progression is maintained. In addition to all of this we plan to offer more Teicnic programmes to club members, and also aim to upskill more coaches next season. Finally, the club has realised the benefits of the journey to Bronze Clubmark status and has already decided to work towards a future Silver Clubmark".

     

    Follow the Club

    https://pslcbadminton.net/

    https://pslcbadminton.net/junior-club/

    https://www.facebook.com/PSLCBadminton/

     

    To get your club involved in the Clubmark process contact Development Officer Fiach Andrews by email at fandrews@badmintonireland.com.

     

    Ensure you stay up to date with all the latest Badminton Ireland news and events via our Facebook and Twitter outlets.

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Visit to Badminton Ireland Academy Cell Oranmore

    11/01/2018 Visit to Badminton Ireland Academy Cell Oranmore

    Badminton Ireland Coach Craig McCourtney paid a visit to one of the Academy Cell's in Oranmore, Galway last week and there is some great progress being made in the group. The Academy Cell runs twice a week in Oranmore Community Centre with lead Coaches Shane Wynne and Anthony Conneely putting the players through their paces.

    "The players are showing great improvement in our BI Academy Cell set up, with many of them attending the Irish National Squads for the second year running and some making the callbacks" - Shane Wynne.

    Craig McCourtney led the session for the Academy Cell players during the visit, which they found challenging and enjoyable. They did a number of footwork exercises and some work on attacking play in a 2 v 1 format.

    "I'm really impressed with the work Shane and Anthony are putting in with the players and it shows after seeing them in action during my visit" - Craig McCourtney.

    To find out more about the BI Academy Cell programme you can email coaching@badmintonireland.com

  • National Badminton Week

    23/11/2017 National Badminton Week

    National Badminton Week (NBW) 2017 is unique from any previous NBW, as this year it coincides with the Irish Open for the very first time. The objective for National Badminton Week 2017 is to promote the sport of Badminton and raise its profile nationwide, while ensuring there is an ease of access for beginners to try the sport through outlets such as club open nights, and school taster sessions.

    Moreover, it is hoped that by running National Badminton Week alongside the 2017 Irish Open, the support for Irish players competing in the event will be stronger than ever before, as they aim to medal on home soil.

    Below, please find a template of activities which might be of interest for your club to follow during National Badminton Week.This template is of course context dependent and will vary for all clubs. 

    We kindly ask that you assist us with promoting and raising the profile of the upcoming National Badminton Week by providing some information to us;

    • Club Nights for your club during National Badminton Week
    • Details of any Club Open Nights held during National Badminton Week
    • Details of any Social Media Posts sent out from your Club Accounts about National Badminton Week/Irish Open
    • Complete the 60 Second Challenge in advance, or during National Badminton Week, and tag Badminton Ireland in your posts to be shared with our network!

    All of the above information can be emailed to development@badmintonireland.com

    Kind Regards,

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

Latest News

New Third Level Men's & Women's Open Singles Event

                             

      

 

Student Sport Ireland in association with Badminton Ireland are hosting a new Third Level Men’s and Women’s Open Singles event that will take place on Thursday February 15th 2018 from 9am in Baldoyle Badminton Centre.

 

This competition will see the top ranked students play off in a one-day format to determine who the top Third Level male and female singles players are in the country.

 

All players are guaranteed a minimum of two games on the day, with a shield competition catering for those knocked out early in the Open grade.

 

Entry Fee is €25pp and this includes one dinner voucher per player on the day.

 

Please click on the Entry Form if interested in competing.

 

For further information please contact Noel Holohan of Student Sport Ireland at noel@studentsport.ie

PSLC Achieve Bronze Clubmark Status

We are delighted to announce that PSLC Badminton Club are the latest club to achieve the Bronze Clubmark status with Badminton Ireland after they recently finished off the process by putting a number of their members through the White Teicnic assessment with club coach Eamonn McFadden. It was evident how much support club members were willing to offer to assist the club in climbing on to the Clubmark ladder, when 23 participants from the adult and juvenile clubs undertook the White Teicnic assessment, all of whom were successful in securing their White Teicnic level that night.

Club Background

Founded in 1983, PSLC Badminton Club is an active social and competitive club for players of all ages. Based in Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, club play is offered three nights a week, and is currently thriving with up to 80 members between the adult and juvenile sections. PSLC are heavily involved in the Dublin District Leagues and Cups with up to 13 senior teams entered in 2017/2018, while they also have a number of junior teams competing in the Dublin Juvenile Leagues. 

The Clubmark Journey

Simon Keane, PSLC Club Secretary for the 2017/2018 season, gave us an insight into how the journey towards the Bronze Clubmark award began for the club; "About a year ago we started looking at ways to build up our juvenile club, so among other things we, as a club, decided to lower the age of entry from 10 to 8 years old. Keeping this in mind, we knew we needed more coaches and volunteers in order to run the club to the required standards. Hence, we began to search the Badminton Ireland website to seek information on coaching, and it was at this point when we came across the Clubmark process. In Clubmark, we found a roadmap that would help us to develop as a club, and essentially we used it as a framework to help improve practices within the club across all sectors".

Working towards achieving the Clubmark award, the club knew that they would have to meet the mandatory coaching requirements that are part of the Bronze level. Three volunteers from the club volunteered to upskill on Badminton Ireland Coaching Courses, attend the Badminton Ireland Coaches Conference to complete their CPD, and also register with Badminton Ireland on the Coaches Licence. The benefits of engaging in these steps from a coaching point of view for the club according to Simon included; having an increased number of educated coaches in the club, and also being able to pass on information to club members of the Teicnic programme following attendance at the Coaches Conference.

Furthermore, public relations was another aspect of club structures which PSLC targeted to revamp, and they made adjustments to their social media and website to build their online presence. In addition to this, they installed an online payment system on their website to allow membership fees to be paid online to the club, and this has proved to be a great success thus far. Advertisement and marketing was also done by putting up posters for the junior club in the locality, and dropping leaflets into local schools. The club have since created a school-club link as part of the Clubmark process.

Progression for the Future

We asked Simon about the clubs future and what progression will look like for them in the coming months and years, and here is what he had to say; "Our junior club has continued to go from strength to strength in recent months and numbers have almost doubled since last year, so we are already looking to add another session weekly for play. Likewise, while we have a team in the Dublin Juvenile Leagues this year, we are expecting to enter more teams in next seasons competition to ensure our progression is maintained. In addition to all of this we plan to offer more Teicnic programmes to club members, and also aim to upskill more coaches next season. Finally, the club has realised the benefits of the journey to Bronze Clubmark status and has already decided to work towards a future Silver Clubmark".

 

Follow the Club

https://pslcbadminton.net/

https://pslcbadminton.net/junior-club/

https://www.facebook.com/PSLCBadminton/

 

To get your club involved in the Clubmark process contact Development Officer Fiach Andrews by email at fandrews@badmintonireland.com.

 

Ensure you stay up to date with all the latest Badminton Ireland news and events via our Facebook and Twitter outlets.

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

Visit to Badminton Ireland Academy Cell Oranmore

Badminton Ireland Coach Craig McCourtney paid a visit to one of the Academy Cell's in Oranmore, Galway last week and there is some great progress being made in the group. The Academy Cell runs twice a week in Oranmore Community Centre with lead Coaches Shane Wynne and Anthony Conneely putting the players through their paces.

"The players are showing great improvement in our BI Academy Cell set up, with many of them attending the Irish National Squads for the second year running and some making the callbacks" - Shane Wynne.

Craig McCourtney led the session for the Academy Cell players during the visit, which they found challenging and enjoyable. They did a number of footwork exercises and some work on attacking play in a 2 v 1 format.

"I'm really impressed with the work Shane and Anthony are putting in with the players and it shows after seeing them in action during my visit" - Craig McCourtney.

To find out more about the BI Academy Cell programme you can email coaching@badmintonireland.com

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The Badminton Ireland team is committed to facilitating participation in the sport across the 32 counties. This is achieved by focusing on the development of all facets of badminton, with a special focus on the growth of existing clubs, the creation of new clubs and facilitating opportunities to play in all levels of educational facilities across the country.

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