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  • Badminton Ireland skill development programmes going from strength to strength

    15/04/2015 Badminton Ireland skill development programmes going from strength to strength

    The Badminton Ireland Academy 

    The Badminton Ireland Academy (BIA) was launched in 2013 with the objective of providing regular weekly training to help players reach their full badminton potential, forming a key part of the Badminton Ireland skill development programme. The Academy is open to players of all levels and ages, with all players focused on maximising their personal badminton goals.

    The badminton sessions are held on week days so players can build training schedules around study, club play and weekend provincial squads. There are additional performance psychology, S&C, sports massage and physiology sessions.

    Players in the BIA have access the following support for what works out to €4 an hour:

    • 10 hours of badminton with one coach per court.
    • Expert coaching staff including a world No7 and a world No12 player.  Between them our coaching team has attended seven Olympic Games.
    • X2 strength and conditioning sessions per week delivered by a qualified Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) instructor
    • Personal coach to manage technical/tactical improvement and help with tournament programme selection.
    • Regular fitness testing/profiling and fitness programmes
    • Sparring players
    • Access to performance analysis (BI/IIS)
    • Access to Performance Psychology (IIS)
    • Access to Performance Nutrition (IIS)
    • Discount  from an Olympic and IIS accredited Physio – Aidan Woods
    • Access to soft tissue massage work each Wednesday evening given by a IIS accredited practitioner
    • Access to IIS medical team

    This package is great value and provides an excellent support package for any aspiring champion.

    Players who are not based in Dublin can access good value accommodation at the Marino Institute of Education (MIE) where the academy is based. Players make use of this opportunity on holiday weeks with some coming up Thursday – Sunday. The Saturday S&C session is available to all and individual programmes created.

    Many up and coming players have received a scholarship at MIE or its partner institutes Trinity College and DCU which is a short drive away.

    Although the main Academy is in Dublin, the long term objective is to develop a network of Badminton Ireland Academy Cell’s around Ireland providing opportunity for players all over to access a quality training environment. On the flip side of this the pool of coaches working with the Badminton Ireland coaching team have been developed in unison with Dan Magee, Badminton Ireland’ Performance Pathway Coach , who is focused on developing future coaching talent such as Al Bredin, Naomi Darragh, Michelle Hayes, Gerard Loh, Shane Wynne, Anthony Conneely, Will O’Neil, Norma McIntyre, Karen Brady and many more.
    The key driver to this is to ensure that coaches from all areas of Ireland have regular continual progfessional development opportunities and that they look to update their coaching certificates, and encourage other coaches in their club to do the same. Each academy cell requires a coach to be actively working towards their level 2 award and be on the Coaches license. As part of this they gain regular CPD opportunities, personally mentored by Dan Magee.

    The first pilot Academy Cell in Ennis has worked incredibly well. National players such as Lana Browne, Alex Troy, Moya Ryan and Megan Bredin developing from Ennis, with regular interaction at the main Academy Cell in Dublin. Over the past months further Cells in Galway, South and North Dublin have all developed offering a quality badminton coaching.
    Discussions are underway for future Academy Cell’s in from Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork, Waterford, Roscommon and Navan. With the development of a network of Cells and the option of accessing the Main Academy in Dublin the development of the Badminton Ireland Academy has been a major success over the past three years.

    Part of the syllabus within the Academy system is the use of the Teicnic skills (www.Teicnic.com) based programme which provides coaches with specific technical goals to work toward with players. Starting at White, the players learns early basic techniques before quickly developing through the 7 levels programme to high level spins, cuts and smashes.   See www.Teicnic.com for more information on the programme.

    For more information on the Badminton Ireland Academy, please see www.BIAcademy.ie  or contact development@badmintonireland.com. 

  • Welcome to Lecanvey

    27/11/2014 Welcome to Lecanvey

    Lecanvey Badminton Club are newly established this year and play in Lecanvey Community Centre which sits in the shadow of Croagh Partick Mountain in County Mayo. The centre has one court which backs on to the local church, and has recently been granted funding for development via government sports capital funding. Badminton Ireland went along to meet the club as part of their club development programme. The club were very welcoming, true to the phrase on the wall, and had tea and sandwiches prepared. The evening was spent discussing the various ways the club can develop including trying to turn their local youth club into a juvenile badminton club, or even a juvenile feeder group for getting new players into the adult club. The members of the club were really keen to ask questions about technique and tactics, so we did some exercises to develop their technique, and introduced them to the Teicnic badminton programme. We also had some matches and talked over some tactical strategies which they can try out against their future opponents.

  • Local GAA hall - 'A perfect venue'

    27/11/2014 Local GAA hall - 'A perfect venue'

    Bulgaden-Martinstown parish in County Limerick is home to a healthy and growing badminton community. Badminton Ireland visited them at their new home, at Staker Wallace GAA Club, a three court hall built by Irish racehorse owner and businessman JP McManus just three years ago. 

    The club used to operate out of a one court hall so they now have space for many more enthusiastic adult players. On the success and interest created by the adults and the recent Shuttle Time course that was completed by some local teachers they have started a juvenile club in the same facility. The juvenile club has gained rapid momentum and has tripled in size from 15 to around forty members. Badminton Ireland will be returning to Bulgaden in the future to help with advice on the running of  the club and to help implement the Teicnic badminton program to the juveniles.

  • Community centre redevelopment leads to new club

    17/11/2014 Community centre redevelopment leads to new club

    Ballon Village in County Carlow have a buzzing new juvenile club who have recently established themselves in the local community and sports centre. The centre was completely redeveloped in 2013 and now has a brand new wooden sprung floor with three courts, this has allowed the club to spring up from nowhere in the last year. Badminton Ireland went to visit the newly establish club as part of their club development programme to offer support and guidance to the coaches and organisers.

  • 16/11/2014 "Juvenile clubs are the future of our sport"

    Mullinavat is a small town of 1.5 thousand people in county Kilkenny. Despite its small population it has a thriving juvenile club. The club has three groups/levels of players with over 50 in total who play in their local community centre. The hall has three courts and is well equiped with a sprung wooden floor, appropriate lighting, and plenty of space around the courts. As part of the Badminton Ireland club visit development programme we paid them a visit. 

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Welcome to Lecanvey

Lecanvey Badminton Club are newly established this year and play in Lecanvey Community Centre which sits in the shadow of Croagh Partick Mountain in County Mayo. The centre has one court which backs on to the local church, and has recently been granted funding for development via government sports capital funding. Badminton Ireland went along to meet the club as part of their club development programme. The club were very welcoming, true to the phrase on the wall, and had tea and sandwiches prepared. The evening was spent discussing the various ways the club can develop including trying to turn their local youth club into a juvenile badminton club, or even a juvenile feeder group for getting new players into the adult club. The members of the club were really keen to ask questions about technique and tactics, so we did some exercises to develop their technique, and introduced them to the Teicnic badminton programme. We also had some matches and talked over some tactical strategies which they can try out against their future opponents.

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Local GAA hall - 'A perfect venue'

Bulgaden-Martinstown parish in County Limerick is home to a healthy and growing badminton community. Badminton Ireland visited them at their new home, at Staker Wallace GAA Club, a three court hall built by Irish racehorse owner and businessman JP McManus just three years ago. 

The club used to operate out of a one court hall so they now have space for many more enthusiastic adult players. On the success and interest created by the adults and the recent Shuttle Time course that was completed by some local teachers they have started a juvenile club in the same facility. The juvenile club has gained rapid momentum and has tripled in size from 15 to around forty members. Badminton Ireland will be returning to Bulgaden in the future to help with advice on the running of  the club and to help implement the Teicnic badminton program to the juveniles.

Read more »

Community centre redevelopment leads to new club

Ballon Village in County Carlow have a buzzing new juvenile club who have recently established themselves in the local community and sports centre. The centre was completely redeveloped in 2013 and now has a brand new wooden sprung floor with three courts, this has allowed the club to spring up from nowhere in the last year. Badminton Ireland went to visit the newly establish club as part of their club development programme to offer support and guidance to the coaches and organisers.

Read more »

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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.

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