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  • 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

  • Club Development Officer Initiative 2017/2018

    23/10/2017 Club Development Officer Initiative 2017/2018

    The 2017/2018 Club Development Officer (CDO) Initiative is up and running now a number of weeks and there has been excellent interest thus far from clubs all across the country. This is the inaugural year of this initiative, and it offers all clubs the opportunity of receiving development related material throughout the seasson on a weekly/bi-weekly basis.

     

    How does the CDO Initiative work?

    1. Club executive appoints a Club Development Officer for the 2017/2018 season.

    2. Club notifies Badminton Ireland of the appointment by emailing details of their CDO to development@badmintonireland.com

    3. CDO is emailed weekly/bi-weekly club development related information from the Badminton Ireland Development Officer.

    4. CDO uses the information or distrbutes it as necessary to the club executive and its members.

     

    Information distributed to CDO's thus far as part of the CDO Initiative

    Edition 1: Garda Vetting / Safeguarding
    Edition 2:

    Social Media - Benefits, Platforms, Creating Accounts (Example Below)

    Edition 3: Club Structures - AGM's, Constitutions, Board Roles

    Example of Social Media information distributed in week two;

    Click here for guidlines on creating a club Facebook Page.

    Click here for guidlines on creating a club Twitter Page.

    Click here for guidlines on creating a club Instagram Page.

     

    Upcoming editions of the CDO Initiative will focus on Press Releases to Local Media, as well as Events Information.

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Viking BC marks the start of a new season by achieving Bronze Clubmark award

    20/09/2017 Viking BC marks the start of a new season by achieving Bronze Clubmark award

    Viking BC in Dublin is beginning the new season as a recognised Badminton Ireland Clubmark club having been awarded the Bronze Level award in recent weeks. This is a fantastic achievement for a club who have invested a great amount of time and effort in the Clubmark process. The collective unity within Viking BC was the primary foundation behind the clubs successful Clubmark journey, and this was most evident in how the members and executive funded the attendance of one club coach on a Badminton Ireland Level 1 course in early 2017.

    Club Chairperson Andy Tang was responsible for ensuring the eventual signing-off the Clubmark process with Badminton Ireland, and upon visiting Viking to present them with their award, he provided a background into the culture and ethos within the club; "Our emphasis in Viking is not to make money or win the most silverware, our main priority is to make all members feel welcomed, appreciated, and most importantly send them home with smiles on their faces. Those values remain constant in all club nights, whether that be in Aughrim Street on a Monday evening, or Terenure Badminton Centre on a Thursday night".

    Furthermore, we asked Andy to give us his thoughts on the Clubmark process and this is what he had to say; "Clubmark gave us guidance on what clear structures and strategy look like for a Badminton club, and we firmly believe this has progressed the club level in recent months". Clubs must meet requirements in areas such as Governance, Teicnic participation, and Coaching in order to achieve the Clubmark awards.

    To enquire about your club getting involved in the Clubmark programme please email development@badmintonireland.com.

    For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

  • One Down One To Go

    17/08/2017 One Down One To Go

    U13 players finish off a great week's activities at the first of the Teicnic Badminton Camps being held in Marino Institute of Education. Over 20 players from across the country attended the camp with a packed week full of badminton and other sports.

    Players were welcomed to the camp on Monday and introduced to the camp coaches and leaders they would be following instructions from for the week. Players then went straight onto court where the week's activities got underway. Twice during each of the days, players got the opportunity to get outside for some fresh air where they took part in football, Gaelic, rounders and a variety of other sports. On the first evening, players got to watch a movie and take part in a table quiz consisting of badminton, sport, and general knowledge questions.

    On the second-day players were back on court to further improve on their skills and technical aspects of the game. The improved weather that evening allowed the players to get outside for their evening activity. Lucan Harriers coach Edith Coakley visited the came and led the players for an athletics session. Players got to try out hurdles, relays and 100-meter sprint. The great weather made for a fantastic evening.

    On Wednesday evening, the players got to come along to watch the U17 & Senior Fundraiser/Exhibition which was a great evening of matches.

    On Thursday, the players took their Teicnic test. The levels tested ranged from white to blue. All players were of a very high standard and passed the level they were assessed at. Once again players got to take part in outdoor activities before going for dinner. In the evening players got to take a rest from outdoor activity and watched a film. 

    Friday was the final day of the camp and all players took part in a team tournament. There were some very close matches with one team coming out on top. After the tournament players were presented with their Teicnic shirts. There was also an award for best female and male camper of the week, the prizes for this were a t-shirt belonging to Chloe Magee and Irish Senior team shirt signed by all the players. 

    Female camper of the week was won by Molly Hill and male camper of the week was won by James Fleming. 

    Thank you to all the players and we hope to see you next year. We look forward to welcoming our U15 players next week for the last of our camps.

    For all of the photos from the week click on this link.

  • Active Schools Week

    05/07/2017 Active Schools Week

    The school year has recently drawn to a close, but prior to finishing up many schools participated in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week. This initiative aims to provide fun and inclusive activities for every member of the school community. A vast number of National Governing Bodies (NGB's) are partners and supporters of Active Schools, and Karen Cotter of the organisation emphasised the importance of the involvement of NGB's, "NGBs have an important role to play in supporting schools to introduce children to as wide a variety of physical activity opportunities as possible. ‘One size doesn’t fit all’. If children can find an activity that they’re passionate about they will be much more likely to lead active lives". 

    Badminton Ireland support schools who wish to participate in badminton as part of their Active Schools Week by providing challenge resources, organising school visits with local coaches, and also putting schools in contact with clubs in their region. Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (Tory Island, Donegal), Donagh NS (Carndonagh, Donegal), and Summerhill College (Sligo), were just three of the schools who participated in this year's '5 Star Challenge'. The various components of the '5 Star Challenge' included keepie-uppies, serving into a target, and also the 60 second challenge. With only four pupils in Colaiste Phobail Colmcille (pictured left), they were undoubedtly the smallest school who engaged in this year's challenge, even despite the fact that one of the children had a broken arm! Summerhill College in Sligo recorded the highest overall total for a class of all the schools to partake in the challenge, while Donagh NS had the largest score for a class when combining all the keep-up (forehand, backhand, alternate) challenge results.

    Furthermore, many schools engaged in external coaching with Badminton Ireland licenced coaches, an example of such was Niall Kelly and Simone Higgins completing visits to Scoil Bhride (Donaghmede), Kiltiernan NS, Whitechurch NS, and St. Brigids (Killester). This was replicated by other coaches across the country, and we would like to thank all those who offered their time to expose the game to school children nationwide.

     

    Finally, St. Michael's NS in Ballyfermot were fortunate enough to have three time Olympian Chloe Magee call out to the school to talk about her experiences of being a professional athlete and answer questions about herself, her training, and her lifestyle. This visit was arranged by Irish U17 National Coach, Aisling Ryan, who is currently teaching in the school. It proved to be a really valuable session for all the students, Tori, Lucy, and Katie from 6th class said, "The message that influenced us most was, Chloe said to be the best that you can be, to never give up on our dreams, and to never say 'I can't'". Likewise, Kaitlyn and Alex (4th class) said they found the session inspiring and what stuck out in their minds was when Chloe said, "Not to give up on your dreams and to keep going until you get there by always working hard".

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

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

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Club Development Officer Initiative 2017/2018

The 2017/2018 Club Development Officer (CDO) Initiative is up and running now a number of weeks and there has been excellent interest thus far from clubs all across the country. This is the inaugural year of this initiative, and it offers all clubs the opportunity of receiving development related material throughout the seasson on a weekly/bi-weekly basis.

 

How does the CDO Initiative work?

1. Club executive appoints a Club Development Officer for the 2017/2018 season.

2. Club notifies Badminton Ireland of the appointment by emailing details of their CDO to development@badmintonireland.com

3. CDO is emailed weekly/bi-weekly club development related information from the Badminton Ireland Development Officer.

4. CDO uses the information or distrbutes it as necessary to the club executive and its members.

 

Information distributed to CDO's thus far as part of the CDO Initiative

Edition 1: Garda Vetting / Safeguarding
Edition 2:

Social Media - Benefits, Platforms, Creating Accounts (Example Below)

Edition 3: Club Structures - AGM's, Constitutions, Board Roles

Example of Social Media information distributed in week two;

Click here for guidlines on creating a club Facebook Page.

Click here for guidlines on creating a club Twitter Page.

Click here for guidlines on creating a club Instagram Page.

 

Upcoming editions of the CDO Initiative will focus on Press Releases to Local Media, as well as Events Information.

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

Viking BC marks the start of a new season by achieving Bronze Clubmark award

Viking BC in Dublin is beginning the new season as a recognised Badminton Ireland Clubmark club having been awarded the Bronze Level award in recent weeks. This is a fantastic achievement for a club who have invested a great amount of time and effort in the Clubmark process. The collective unity within Viking BC was the primary foundation behind the clubs successful Clubmark journey, and this was most evident in how the members and executive funded the attendance of one club coach on a Badminton Ireland Level 1 course in early 2017.

Club Chairperson Andy Tang was responsible for ensuring the eventual signing-off the Clubmark process with Badminton Ireland, and upon visiting Viking to present them with their award, he provided a background into the culture and ethos within the club; "Our emphasis in Viking is not to make money or win the most silverware, our main priority is to make all members feel welcomed, appreciated, and most importantly send them home with smiles on their faces. Those values remain constant in all club nights, whether that be in Aughrim Street on a Monday evening, or Terenure Badminton Centre on a Thursday night".

Furthermore, we asked Andy to give us his thoughts on the Clubmark process and this is what he had to say; "Clubmark gave us guidance on what clear structures and strategy look like for a Badminton club, and we firmly believe this has progressed the club level in recent months". Clubs must meet requirements in areas such as Governance, Teicnic participation, and Coaching in order to achieve the Clubmark awards.

To enquire about your club getting involved in the Clubmark programme please email development@badmintonireland.com.

For all the latest Badminton Ireland news and updates follow our Facebook and Twitter.

One Down One To Go

U13 players finish off a great week's activities at the first of the Teicnic Badminton Camps being held in Marino Institute of Education. Over 20 players from across the country attended the camp with a packed week full of badminton and other sports.

Players were welcomed to the camp on Monday and introduced to the camp coaches and leaders they would be following instructions from for the week. Players then went straight onto court where the week's activities got underway. Twice during each of the days, players got the opportunity to get outside for some fresh air where they took part in football, Gaelic, rounders and a variety of other sports. On the first evening, players got to watch a movie and take part in a table quiz consisting of badminton, sport, and general knowledge questions.

On the second-day players were back on court to further improve on their skills and technical aspects of the game. The improved weather that evening allowed the players to get outside for their evening activity. Lucan Harriers coach Edith Coakley visited the came and led the players for an athletics session. Players got to try out hurdles, relays and 100-meter sprint. The great weather made for a fantastic evening.

On Wednesday evening, the players got to come along to watch the U17 & Senior Fundraiser/Exhibition which was a great evening of matches.

On Thursday, the players took their Teicnic test. The levels tested ranged from white to blue. All players were of a very high standard and passed the level they were assessed at. Once again players got to take part in outdoor activities before going for dinner. In the evening players got to take a rest from outdoor activity and watched a film. 

Friday was the final day of the camp and all players took part in a team tournament. There were some very close matches with one team coming out on top. After the tournament players were presented with their Teicnic shirts. There was also an award for best female and male camper of the week, the prizes for this were a t-shirt belonging to Chloe Magee and Irish Senior team shirt signed by all the players. 

Female camper of the week was won by Molly Hill and male camper of the week was won by James Fleming. 

Thank you to all the players and we hope to see you next year. We look forward to welcoming our U15 players next week for the last of our camps.

For all of the photos from the week click on this link.

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Development Overview

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.

Support the National Badminton Week – October 8-14th

For any further information on development please contact the Badminton Ireland office development@badmintonireland.com or +353 1 839 3028