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  • 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

  • Cavan Para Taster Session

    29/06/2017 Cavan Para Taster Session

    A first ever Para-Badminton taster session was hosted in Cavan last Wednesday, June 21st, as Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) groups in Cavan and Navan attended a session delivered by Terry Conroy from the Lisburn 2gether Pan Disability club. With the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships beginning the following day, it was an opportune time to introduce the sport to the twenty participants in attendance as they had never previously played the game. Commenting on the significance of the timing of this event, Terry Conroy had this to say, "On the week of the Irish Parabadminton International, this was a great opportunity to introduce badminton to new players who may be at that level in the future. Most of the group had not played badminton before, but a lot of fun was had in picking up some of the basics".

    Moreover, it is important to highlight the essential role the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) play in rolling out these events, as they assist in recruiting participants and locating a suitable venue, while Badminton Ireland aim to ensure there will be a follow-on from the initial session, by contacting local clubs and coaches to encourage them to be actively involved on the day. Ulster Badminton also assisted in the process of recruiting Terry Conroy to lead this particular session. Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) for Cavan/Monaghan, Dean McElroy, touched on some of these points during his assessment of the taster session in Cavan, "On behalf of Cavan Sports Partnership, Sports Inclusion programme, it was fantastic to support such an event in the county and to give people the opportunity to try badminton for the first time locally. Working in partnership with Badminton Ireland and the IWA worked excellently well and we hope to continue this relationship into the future".

    Badminton Ireland are continously striving to increase the number of players participating in Para-Badminton nationwide, and organising this taster session in conjunction with the Cavan Sports Partnership ensured it proved to be a massive success. Terry outlined his hopes for the development of Para-Badminton across the country, "Participation in Parabadminton is always growing, and with the sport making it's Paralympic debut in Tokyo 2020 hopefully there will be a lot more grassroots sessions like this, and more competitive opportunities for all levels". Next up on the calendar for Para-Badminton development, there are three scheduled taster sessions taking place during the months of July and August at all-inclusive summer camps in Dublin and Meath.  

    Finally, this year's Coaches Conference has a very exciting Para-Badminton section, with Lyndon Williams from the Badminton World Federation delivering on-court and classroom Para-Badminton sessions. Additionally, it will be an opportunity to meet some of Ireland's top Para-Badminton players who will be present. This is an event not to be missed and places are filling up quickly so reserve your place to avoid disappointment.

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

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Irish players competing at the 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International

    21/06/2017 Irish players competing at the 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International

    The Irish Para-Badminton International Championships takes place in the National Indoor Arena this week between Thursday (June 22nd) and Sunday (June 25th), and there is plenty of interest from an Irish point of view as nine Irish players take to the court to face off against some of the best competitors from around the world.

    Below is an insight into on a number of those competing in Irish colours this week;

    Laura-Lee Jenkins

    Laura-Lee Jenkins first started playing badminton during a summer scheme when she was eight years old. Currently residing in Co. Down, she works as a solicitor on a daily basis. A six time gold medallist at National Championships, Laura notes that her favourite moments in her career to date include winning two bronze medals at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International, along with her fourth place finish at the seventh European Para-Badminton Championships. Laura’s future ambition is to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo when Para-Badminton will be played for the first time at a Paralympic Games. The prospect of competing in the National Indoor Arena really excites Laura and she is privileged, proud, and excited to have the support of the home crowd behind her this week.

    Watch out for Laura-Lee this week as she competes in the WS WH1, WD WH1-WH2, and the XD WH1-WH2 categories.

    Stephen Halpin

    Born in Belfast twenty-three years ago, Stephen has been playing badminton since he was aged seven when his father first introduced him to the game. Stephen, who is a member of Alpha BC in Lisburn, played his first international event in 2013 when he competed at the World Championships in Dortmund. He then followed that World Championship appearance up again when he competed in the same event two years later in Stoke Mandeville. He has an accomplished career to date and has been victorious at the Irish Four Nations Championships in 2012 and 2016. Stephen highlights the influence that coach Eugene McVeigh has had on his career to date, and badminton is now his number one sport having previously played soccer. His opening match victory in the 2013 World Championships ranks as his favourite career moment to date due to the nerves he had playing in his first international tournament. In terms of his future ambitions in the sport, Stephen hopes to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games while he is really looking forward to that special feeling of playing in his home championships this week.

    Watch out for Stephen this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

    Owen Casey

    A native of county Galway, Owen is currently a member of Ballygar BC. Owen first started playing badminton when he was aged nine, and competed for the first time as an Ireland representative at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International where he had a third place finish in the MD event. Being asked to be part of the Irish Para-Badminton team ranks as his favourite moment in his career to date, while Owen also remarks how Eugene McVeigh and the rest of the Irish Para-Badminton team have been hugely influential in terms of helping him develop as a player in recent years. The real attraction of the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships in Dublin for Owen is that he gets the opportunity to watch, and compete, against some of the top players from around the globe. Owen hopes to continue to raise the profile of Para-Badminton in Ireland in every possible way.

    Watch out for Owen this week as he competes in the MS SU5 category.

    Wayne Brereton

    Wayne was first introduced to badminton by his neighbour Liz at eighteen years of age. He then played socially for a number of years, but at this year’s Irish Para-Badminton International he will make his debut at international level. A member of the Portarlington Parochial BC, Wayne is currently employed as an OPW tour guide at one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks, Kilmainham Gaol. On a personal level his primary target is to continuously improve every time he takes to the court, but he also recognises the importance of the sport being enjoyable as it is number one piece of advice for up and coming players.

    Watch out for Wayne this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

    In addition to the four competitors above, Niall McVeigh, Chris Stewart, Michael Smith, Emma Farnham, and Cormac Harmon will all be in action throughout the week.

    For all the latest information and tournament updates be sure to follow Badminton Ireland Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • St. Ronan’s NS and Deansrath CC to kick start after-school club

    06/06/2017 St. Ronan’s NS and Deansrath CC to kick start after-school club

    The foundation of the new after-school club for pupils in St. Ronan’s National School and Deansrath Community College got underway on Tuesday May 23rd when Badminton Ireland licenced coach and club founder, Andy Tang, delivered taster sessions to approximately two-hundred students from a combination of both schools. That was a significant participation figure and that is a testament to the support this initiative has received from Ms. Fitzgerald, the principal of St. Ronan’s NS, and John Doyle the sports co-ordinator in Deansrath CC. To gain a deeper understanding of what has motivated Andy to set-up this club, and also what aspirations he has in the long run for the club, we decided to pose him a few questions.

    What is the purpose of the club Andy?

    To give the children in both St. Ronan’s NS and Deansrath CC the opportunity to try out Badminton and learn the fundamental skills of the game. Badminton is a sport for life and hopefully by placing emphasis on enjoyment and continuous improvement we will hopefully see numbers continue to grow in the club.

    Where did you get the inspiration to start this after-school club?

    My main inspiration for this venture came from seeing Sister Annette run a Table Tennis club from the school. Her energy, drive, and enthusiasm to ensure the club remained highly active really sticks out in my mind. One particular moment that resonates with me is from the morning of the Community Games last year when she was knocking on doors at 6:35am to make sure her players would be up and ready to pack into her Hiace for the trip to Athlone. It turned out her efforts weren’t to prove to be in vain as the U13 boys’ team won gold at that games. They are the kind of trips that create lifetime memories.

    Moreover, I am using this opportunity to give something back to the community in which I grew up in. Offering badminton to children in the area will be fantastic as traditionally it wouldn’t be played in this parish.

    What is the next step in the development of the club?

    The school year is finishing up shortly so we have sent out an interest sign-up sheet with a view to getting up and running in late September. Nonetheless, in the meantime we have a number of teachers in both schools who have volunteered to help in the club and we hope to get them their Shuttle Time qualification before the 2017/2018 season. There is an upcoming course taking place in Marino Institute of Education on July 24th which we hope to send some participants on, while we are also considering hosting a course in Deansrath later in the summer. In the long-term I hope this will be a fully functioning club that enters Badminton Ireland, schools, and Community Games events.

    Who has assisted you in getting the club up and running?

    This club has received tremendous support from both schools, which I believe will prove to be the critical factor for our success when we get up and running in September. John Doyle from Deansrath CC, and Ms. Fitzgerald and MS. Tully from St. Ronan’s have wholeheartedly given their backing to this project and I am extremely grateful for that. Also notable mentions for my two friends in badminton, Pat and Martyn, who have offered sincere and honest advice to help guide me along at the beginning of the journey which has been truly helpful, while Badminton Ireland have assisted with loaning equipment for the taster session and I was thankful for that assistance.

    Finally then Andy, what is the next step for you in planning for September?

    I intend to start fundraising for the club this summer and I have a couple of ideas which I will implement on this front. It would be great if any companies or organisations were interested in assisting this cause, and if so I would encourage them to get in touch. One challenge we face is getting equipment, so if you could advertise for any clubs who have badminton equipment no longer use to please email us at stronansbc2017@gmail.com so we can give it a new home.

    “I am not afraid to try and fail, I just don’t want to regret not trying at all” – Andy Tang.

    Interview conducted with Andy Tang – Club Secretary 

  • Chloe Magee Attendeds ETB Active Youth Challenge 2017 Recognition Event

    03/06/2017 Chloe Magee Attendeds ETB Active Youth Challenge 2017 Recognition Event

    "The Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB Active Youth Challenge is an inclusive programme designed to introduce and encourage young people to engage in sport and physical activity over a 12-week period; with the principle focus on enjoyment. The minimum standard for qualification for each participant for the medal and certificate is 12-hours.

    The DDLETB were honoured by Chloe's attendance, her motivational speech and her participation in the presentation of the awards. In appreciation of her contribution to Irish sport, DDLETB made a presentation to Chloe to acknowledge her achievements.

    DDLETB would like to thank Chloe Magee for her attendance."

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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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Cavan Para Taster Session

A first ever Para-Badminton taster session was hosted in Cavan last Wednesday, June 21st, as Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) groups in Cavan and Navan attended a session delivered by Terry Conroy from the Lisburn 2gether Pan Disability club. With the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships beginning the following day, it was an opportune time to introduce the sport to the twenty participants in attendance as they had never previously played the game. Commenting on the significance of the timing of this event, Terry Conroy had this to say, "On the week of the Irish Parabadminton International, this was a great opportunity to introduce badminton to new players who may be at that level in the future. Most of the group had not played badminton before, but a lot of fun was had in picking up some of the basics".

Moreover, it is important to highlight the essential role the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) play in rolling out these events, as they assist in recruiting participants and locating a suitable venue, while Badminton Ireland aim to ensure there will be a follow-on from the initial session, by contacting local clubs and coaches to encourage them to be actively involved on the day. Ulster Badminton also assisted in the process of recruiting Terry Conroy to lead this particular session. Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) for Cavan/Monaghan, Dean McElroy, touched on some of these points during his assessment of the taster session in Cavan, "On behalf of Cavan Sports Partnership, Sports Inclusion programme, it was fantastic to support such an event in the county and to give people the opportunity to try badminton for the first time locally. Working in partnership with Badminton Ireland and the IWA worked excellently well and we hope to continue this relationship into the future".

Badminton Ireland are continously striving to increase the number of players participating in Para-Badminton nationwide, and organising this taster session in conjunction with the Cavan Sports Partnership ensured it proved to be a massive success. Terry outlined his hopes for the development of Para-Badminton across the country, "Participation in Parabadminton is always growing, and with the sport making it's Paralympic debut in Tokyo 2020 hopefully there will be a lot more grassroots sessions like this, and more competitive opportunities for all levels". Next up on the calendar for Para-Badminton development, there are three scheduled taster sessions taking place during the months of July and August at all-inclusive summer camps in Dublin and Meath.  

Finally, this year's Coaches Conference has a very exciting Para-Badminton section, with Lyndon Williams from the Badminton World Federation delivering on-court and classroom Para-Badminton sessions. Additionally, it will be an opportunity to meet some of Ireland's top Para-Badminton players who will be present. This is an event not to be missed and places are filling up quickly so reserve your place to avoid disappointment.

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

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

Irish players competing at the 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International

The Irish Para-Badminton International Championships takes place in the National Indoor Arena this week between Thursday (June 22nd) and Sunday (June 25th), and there is plenty of interest from an Irish point of view as nine Irish players take to the court to face off against some of the best competitors from around the world.

Below is an insight into on a number of those competing in Irish colours this week;

Laura-Lee Jenkins

Laura-Lee Jenkins first started playing badminton during a summer scheme when she was eight years old. Currently residing in Co. Down, she works as a solicitor on a daily basis. A six time gold medallist at National Championships, Laura notes that her favourite moments in her career to date include winning two bronze medals at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International, along with her fourth place finish at the seventh European Para-Badminton Championships. Laura’s future ambition is to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo when Para-Badminton will be played for the first time at a Paralympic Games. The prospect of competing in the National Indoor Arena really excites Laura and she is privileged, proud, and excited to have the support of the home crowd behind her this week.

Watch out for Laura-Lee this week as she competes in the WS WH1, WD WH1-WH2, and the XD WH1-WH2 categories.

Stephen Halpin

Born in Belfast twenty-three years ago, Stephen has been playing badminton since he was aged seven when his father first introduced him to the game. Stephen, who is a member of Alpha BC in Lisburn, played his first international event in 2013 when he competed at the World Championships in Dortmund. He then followed that World Championship appearance up again when he competed in the same event two years later in Stoke Mandeville. He has an accomplished career to date and has been victorious at the Irish Four Nations Championships in 2012 and 2016. Stephen highlights the influence that coach Eugene McVeigh has had on his career to date, and badminton is now his number one sport having previously played soccer. His opening match victory in the 2013 World Championships ranks as his favourite career moment to date due to the nerves he had playing in his first international tournament. In terms of his future ambitions in the sport, Stephen hopes to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games while he is really looking forward to that special feeling of playing in his home championships this week.

Watch out for Stephen this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

Owen Casey

A native of county Galway, Owen is currently a member of Ballygar BC. Owen first started playing badminton when he was aged nine, and competed for the first time as an Ireland representative at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International where he had a third place finish in the MD event. Being asked to be part of the Irish Para-Badminton team ranks as his favourite moment in his career to date, while Owen also remarks how Eugene McVeigh and the rest of the Irish Para-Badminton team have been hugely influential in terms of helping him develop as a player in recent years. The real attraction of the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships in Dublin for Owen is that he gets the opportunity to watch, and compete, against some of the top players from around the globe. Owen hopes to continue to raise the profile of Para-Badminton in Ireland in every possible way.

Watch out for Owen this week as he competes in the MS SU5 category.

Wayne Brereton

Wayne was first introduced to badminton by his neighbour Liz at eighteen years of age. He then played socially for a number of years, but at this year’s Irish Para-Badminton International he will make his debut at international level. A member of the Portarlington Parochial BC, Wayne is currently employed as an OPW tour guide at one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks, Kilmainham Gaol. On a personal level his primary target is to continuously improve every time he takes to the court, but he also recognises the importance of the sport being enjoyable as it is number one piece of advice for up and coming players.

Watch out for Wayne this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

In addition to the four competitors above, Niall McVeigh, Chris Stewart, Michael Smith, Emma Farnham, and Cormac Harmon will all be in action throughout the week.

For all the latest information and tournament updates be sure to follow Badminton Ireland Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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