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  • Serious Fun at Ennis Junior Summer Camp

    20/08/2015 Serious Fun at Ennis Junior Summer Camp

    Ennis Junior BC held their annual camp on the 10th-14th August 2015 at Ennis Tennis & Badminton Club.

    Aisling Ryan an Ennis native and former member of the juvenile club was the camp coach. Aisling, who is living and training in Dublin and also an assistant coach for the U17 Irish Squad split the players into groups and devised a plan to suit and challenge each group of players.

    Continue reading below to see the full report...

    The first group worked on developing their shots and footwork skills through lots of games and multi-feed activities. Aisling commended the players in this group for their attitude in training and improvement in their skills. 

    The second group worked on developing new strokes and fine-tuning aspects of their technique. The players then incorporated their new shots into routines and match-play. This group was commended by Aisling on their efforts in the physical training routines.

    Finally, the third and most experienced of the groups worked incredibly hard in all aspects of their training in what were tough sessions. Aisling commented:

    “The players made very good progress in terms of tactical thinking in matches and in their technique.  All players rose to the challenge of higher intensity training and each player's self-drive and determination increased day by day”. 

  • Waterford's Summer Camp Success

    11/08/2015 Waterford's Summer Camp Success

    Pictured are the group of keen players along with coach Azhar Syed who participated in Waterford BC's Summer Camp which was held on 3rd-5th August.

    The badminton summer camp in Waterford was a huge success.  A total of 23 Juveniles attended the camp throughout, with some attending two days. There was a wide variance of players with age groups ranging from U11s to U17 there was also diversity in the standards of the players. Azhar Syed Waterford BC Coach

    Continue reading to see the coach's report and what was in store for the players...

  • Summer Camp Fun!!

    14/07/2015 Summer Camp Fun!!

     'A very happy bunch of characters from last weeks summer camp' Mark Topping Whitehall Road Junior Summer Camp. Clubs across the country are hosting Summer Camps from June through to August. Read on to hear about Whitehall Road Junior's Summer Camp and also Galway Lawn Tennis Club's camp.

  • BI Clubmark - Rewarding Your Club's Development

    14/07/2015 BI Clubmark - Rewarding Your Club's Development

      Looking to raise your club's profile? Interested in increasing membership? Fancy earning discounted shuttles for your club?  Read here to find out more information on Badminton Ireland's latest programme developing clubs....

  • 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. 

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Waterford's Summer Camp Success

Pictured are the group of keen players along with coach Azhar Syed who participated in Waterford BC's Summer Camp which was held on 3rd-5th August.

The badminton summer camp in Waterford was a huge success.  A total of 23 Juveniles attended the camp throughout, with some attending two days. There was a wide variance of players with age groups ranging from U11s to U17 there was also diversity in the standards of the players. Azhar Syed Waterford BC Coach

Continue reading to see the coach's report and what was in store for the players...

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Summer Camp Fun!!

 'A very happy bunch of characters from last weeks summer camp' Mark Topping Whitehall Road Junior Summer Camp. Clubs across the country are hosting Summer Camps from June through to August. Read on to hear about Whitehall Road Junior's Summer Camp and also Galway Lawn Tennis Club's camp.

Read more »

BI Clubmark - Rewarding Your Club's Development

  Looking to raise your club's profile? Interested in increasing membership? Fancy earning discounted shuttles for your club?  Read here to find out more information on Badminton Ireland's latest programme developing clubs....

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