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  • 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

    26/03/2018 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

    The launch of the new Badminton Ireland/Cork Sports Partnership schools badminton programme occurred last week with the hosting of a Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown Community School in Cork city. This programme, which is being funded through Sport Ireland's Dormant Account Funding, and has partnership support from Healthy Ireland, Active Ireland, and the Active Schools Flag, is being rolled out in a number of counties nationwide, with Cork being selected as the region for the pilot project.

    Twenty-one teachers from twelve schools attended the Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown which was delivered by tutor Tony Robinson, a fantastic turnout by all accounts. With many of the participating schools having minimal previous badminton exposure, this programme provides them with the education and training, the equipment and resources, the playing opportunities, and the establishment of club-school links, to grow and develop the game within their school. 

    Collaborating with the Cork Sports Partnership has been pivotal in planning this programme in Cork, and also in terms of attracting school engagement due to the strong relationships they have developed with primary and secondary schools in the county. Their communication and promotion of the programme has been excellent, an evident example of which is their website page dedicated to the programme. Maurice O'Sullivan (Senior Development & Marketing Officer) and James Kirby (Sports Development Officer) have been the points of contact for Badminton Ireland in the Sports Partnership, and it is hoped to continue building on these connections to provide more school children with the opportunity to try badminton in the coming years.

    Furthermore, this programme has been earmarked for three other regions across the country in 2018, details of which will be released in the coming months. The intention in the second year of this initiative will be to develop the programme further in these counties and expand it to a number of new regions in order to continously grow and enhance this projects scope. 

    List of participating schools in the 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme:

    1. Ballyhass National School
    2. Bishopstown Community School
    3. Bunscoil Rinn an Chablaigh
    4. Clondrohid National School
    5. Cork Educate Together National School
    6. Firmount National School
    7. Kilbonane National School
    8. Presentation Secondary School
    9. Scoil Iosagan Aghada
    10. Scoil Phadraig Naofa
    11. St. Lachteen's 
    12. Sunday's Well Girls National School

    Outline of the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme

    Phase 1: Shuttle Time Course

    Objective: Educate teachers by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement badminton as part of their PE curriculum.

    Phase 2: Resources provided to schools

    Objective: Provide schools/teachers with kitbags, lesson plans, and teaching resources for their school as a result of participating in the programme. 

    Phase 3: Schools implement a 6 week badminton programme

    Objective: The teacher's introduce a six week programme of activities into their PE classes with a view of preparing their students for the social blitz event at the end of the programme.

    Phase 4: Mass participation social blitz event

    Objective: To provide playing opportunities for all involved in the programme duirng a mass participation social blitz event. The aim is to showcase the physical and social benefits of the sport at a communal participation event.

    Phase 5: Development of club-school Links 

    Objective: To establish club-school links between local juvenile badminton clubs and participating schools to ensure there is an accessible pathway for all participants in the school programme into club badminton. 

     

    For further information on the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme please email development@badmintonireland.com.

     

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

     

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • IT Tallaght taste Student Sport Ireland league success

    07/03/2018 IT Tallaght taste Student Sport Ireland league success

    It proved to be a historic day for IT Tallaght as they were crowned champions of the Student Sport Ireland (SSI) / Badminton Ireland leagues for the first time in their history. The Dublin 24 students had never previously won the top tier, a solitary division two league crown in 2011/2012 was their only maiden success. However, under the guidance of Badminton Ireland licenced coach Mark Topping, they managed to prevail in the final on a score line of 3-2 versus defending champions and local rivals IT Blanchardstown (ITB).

    IT Tallaght were deserving winners over the course of the day, but were made to work hard in each of their matches as they overcame Letterkenny IT (LYIT), IT Carlow, and ITB by the narrowest of margins. Their quarter-final tie with LYIT proved to be a pulsating encounter, but wins for team captain Patrick Martin (MS), Irish international Kate Frost (WS), and the mixed pairing of Kate and Jack Lawlor edged them over the line. LYIT can be proud of their efforts, assured displays from Mark Laird/Jack Davies (MD), and Leah Darragh/Victoria Wilson (WD) gave them every chance of progressing, but unfortunately they came up just short, meaning Tallaght progressed to a semi-final meeting with IT Carlow.

    The days other quarter-final saw 2016 champions Dundalk IT (DKIT), coached by another licenced coach in Jim Callan, defeat Griffith College Dublin 3-2 to progress to a semi-final with ITB. DKIT, who impressively topped their pool to reach this finals day, couldn’t overturn last year’s defeat to ITB, with Luke Moore and Megan Bredin ensuring the Dublin 15 students recorded another 3-2 win over the Louth students. Ben Ting was impressive in the MS throughout the day for DKIT, and also in the doubles alongside partner Nelson Tang.

    Moreover, the second semi-final between IT Tallaght and IT Carlow was ultimately decided by a competitive mixed doubles. Kate Frost recorded a 21-14, 21-17 win over recent SSI/BI WS Open winner Tan Wee Ling to give Tallaght the early impetus, but Ian Wong cancelled that out when winning a narrow two setter in the MS against Patrick Martin, 22-20, 21-19, to tie the match at 1-1. The teams then traded victories in the MD and WD to make it 2-2, before Kate Frost/Jack Lawlor claimed a 21-15, 21-12 win to ensure their advancement to the final, and in the process set up a clash with local rivals ITB.

    Unfortunately for a brave Blanchardstown, it was not to be in the final as a deserving Tallaght IT team sealed their place on the SSI Badminton league roll-of honour. With a number of the team eligible again for next year’s league they will hope to become the first college to successfully defend their league crown when the competition restarts for 2018/2019.

    A word of thanks to Muriel Moles and Aidan Mullen for officiating at the event.

    IT Tallaght Team: Mark Topping (Coach), Patrick Martin (Captain), Jack Lawlor, James Carroll, Kate Frost, Aoife Boylan, Ciara Breen

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  • Student Sport Ireland Badminton League Finals Preview

    05/03/2018 Student Sport Ireland Badminton League Finals Preview

    The Student Sport Ireland Badminton League finals takes place this coming Tuesday the 06th of March in Baldoyle Badminton Centre, and it promises to be the most fiercely contested finals day in recent years with the draw throwing up some eagerly awaited clashes.

     

    All eyes will be on defending champions IT Blanchardstown (ITB) who boast the talents of Luke Moore and Megan Bredin in their ranks. Bredin and Moore have already tasted success together in this year’s SSI/BI XD Open event, while Luke also went on to capture the inaugural SSI/BI MS Open title in recent weeks. It is expected, that particularly with this pairing, ITB will be hard stopped, but they can expect a testing semi-final when they face the winners of Dundalk IT (DKIT) and Griffith College Dublin (GCD).

     

    Dundalk, who were the 2016 winners of this event, will enter this tie as favourites having topped a competitive pool C that seen them twice narrowly defeat a strong Letterkenny IT (LYIT) team. Despite some promising results in their pool, and their experience of reaching the quarter-final stages last year, the challenge of DKIT might prove to be a bridge too far for the Griffith students. Should this result transpire, DKIT will hoping to avenge last year’s 3-2 quarter-final defeat to ITB.

     

    Elsewhere, it is very difficult to predict who will progress to the final from the opposite side of the draw, with all colleges’ realistic contenders for the outright top prize on offer. IT Carlow will go head-to-head against the winners of IT Tallaght / Letterkenny IT for a place in the final. The Carlow students, who fell short in last year’s event at the semi-final stage to ITB, will look to recent SSI/BI WS Open winner Tan Wee Ling to lead the charge for them. However, they can expect stern opposition from the victors of IT Tallaght / LYIT, a match which promises to be a highly entertaining encounter.

     

    The Tallaght students last won a Student Sport Ireland Badminton title in 2011/2012 when winning Division 2 of the league that season, will be quietly confident of making a big impact on finals day this year, particularly with Irish international Kate Frost in their team. However, Letterkenny IT will travel to Baldoyle with a team backboned by a number of members from the famous Raphoe BC in Donegal, and Galway man Jack Davies, ensuring that this match is likely to go to the wire.

     

    One certainty is that the outright winner of the 2017/2018 SSI Badminton League will have been deserving winners. IT Blanchardstown, who won the SSI Badminton League for the first time ever last season, will look to create more history by becoming the first college to successfully defend their crown.

     

    Action gets underway from 09:30am in Baldoyle Badminton Centre. The schedule is as follows;

     

    Stage

    Team A

    Versus

    Team B

    Estimated Match Time

    Quarter-Final 1

    BYE

    V

    IT Carlow

    09:30

    Quarter-Final 2

    IT Blanchardstown

    V

    BYE

    09:30

    Quarter-Final 3

    Dundalk IT

    V

    Griffith College Dublin

    09:30

    Quarter-Final 4

    IT Tallaght

    V

    Letterkenny IT

    09:30

    Semi-Final 1

    Winner of Quarter-Final 2

    V

    Winner of Quarter-Final 3

    11:00 / 11:30

    Semi-Final 2

    Winner of Quarter-Final 1

    V

    Winner of Quarter-Final 4

    11:00 / 11:30

    Final

    Winner of Semi-Final 1

    V

    Winner of Semi-Final 2

    13:30

     

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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

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2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme

The launch of the new Badminton Ireland/Cork Sports Partnership schools badminton programme occurred last week with the hosting of a Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown Community School in Cork city. This programme, which is being funded through Sport Ireland's Dormant Account Funding, and has partnership support from Healthy Ireland, Active Ireland, and the Active Schools Flag, is being rolled out in a number of counties nationwide, with Cork being selected as the region for the pilot project.

Twenty-one teachers from twelve schools attended the Shuttle Time course in Bishopstown which was delivered by tutor Tony Robinson, a fantastic turnout by all accounts. With many of the participating schools having minimal previous badminton exposure, this programme provides them with the education and training, the equipment and resources, the playing opportunities, and the establishment of club-school links, to grow and develop the game within their school. 

Collaborating with the Cork Sports Partnership has been pivotal in planning this programme in Cork, and also in terms of attracting school engagement due to the strong relationships they have developed with primary and secondary schools in the county. Their communication and promotion of the programme has been excellent, an evident example of which is their website page dedicated to the programme. Maurice O'Sullivan (Senior Development & Marketing Officer) and James Kirby (Sports Development Officer) have been the points of contact for Badminton Ireland in the Sports Partnership, and it is hoped to continue building on these connections to provide more school children with the opportunity to try badminton in the coming years.

Furthermore, this programme has been earmarked for three other regions across the country in 2018, details of which will be released in the coming months. The intention in the second year of this initiative will be to develop the programme further in these counties and expand it to a number of new regions in order to continously grow and enhance this projects scope. 

List of participating schools in the 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme:

  1. Ballyhass National School
  2. Bishopstown Community School
  3. Bunscoil Rinn an Chablaigh
  4. Clondrohid National School
  5. Cork Educate Together National School
  6. Firmount National School
  7. Kilbonane National School
  8. Presentation Secondary School
  9. Scoil Iosagan Aghada
  10. Scoil Phadraig Naofa
  11. St. Lachteen's 
  12. Sunday's Well Girls National School

Outline of the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme

Phase 1: Shuttle Time Course

Objective: Educate teachers by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement badminton as part of their PE curriculum.

Phase 2: Resources provided to schools

Objective: Provide schools/teachers with kitbags, lesson plans, and teaching resources for their school as a result of participating in the programme. 

Phase 3: Schools implement a 6 week badminton programme

Objective: The teacher's introduce a six week programme of activities into their PE classes with a view of preparing their students for the social blitz event at the end of the programme.

Phase 4: Mass participation social blitz event

Objective: To provide playing opportunities for all involved in the programme duirng a mass participation social blitz event. The aim is to showcase the physical and social benefits of the sport at a communal participation event.

Phase 5: Development of club-school Links 

Objective: To establish club-school links between local juvenile badminton clubs and participating schools to ensure there is an accessible pathway for all participants in the school programme into club badminton. 

 

For further information on the 2018 Schools Badminton Programme please email development@badmintonireland.com.

 

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

 

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

IT Tallaght taste Student Sport Ireland league success

It proved to be a historic day for IT Tallaght as they were crowned champions of the Student Sport Ireland (SSI) / Badminton Ireland leagues for the first time in their history. The Dublin 24 students had never previously won the top tier, a solitary division two league crown in 2011/2012 was their only maiden success. However, under the guidance of Badminton Ireland licenced coach Mark Topping, they managed to prevail in the final on a score line of 3-2 versus defending champions and local rivals IT Blanchardstown (ITB).

IT Tallaght were deserving winners over the course of the day, but were made to work hard in each of their matches as they overcame Letterkenny IT (LYIT), IT Carlow, and ITB by the narrowest of margins. Their quarter-final tie with LYIT proved to be a pulsating encounter, but wins for team captain Patrick Martin (MS), Irish international Kate Frost (WS), and the mixed pairing of Kate and Jack Lawlor edged them over the line. LYIT can be proud of their efforts, assured displays from Mark Laird/Jack Davies (MD), and Leah Darragh/Victoria Wilson (WD) gave them every chance of progressing, but unfortunately they came up just short, meaning Tallaght progressed to a semi-final meeting with IT Carlow.

The days other quarter-final saw 2016 champions Dundalk IT (DKIT), coached by another licenced coach in Jim Callan, defeat Griffith College Dublin 3-2 to progress to a semi-final with ITB. DKIT, who impressively topped their pool to reach this finals day, couldn’t overturn last year’s defeat to ITB, with Luke Moore and Megan Bredin ensuring the Dublin 15 students recorded another 3-2 win over the Louth students. Ben Ting was impressive in the MS throughout the day for DKIT, and also in the doubles alongside partner Nelson Tang.

Moreover, the second semi-final between IT Tallaght and IT Carlow was ultimately decided by a competitive mixed doubles. Kate Frost recorded a 21-14, 21-17 win over recent SSI/BI WS Open winner Tan Wee Ling to give Tallaght the early impetus, but Ian Wong cancelled that out when winning a narrow two setter in the MS against Patrick Martin, 22-20, 21-19, to tie the match at 1-1. The teams then traded victories in the MD and WD to make it 2-2, before Kate Frost/Jack Lawlor claimed a 21-15, 21-12 win to ensure their advancement to the final, and in the process set up a clash with local rivals ITB.

Unfortunately for a brave Blanchardstown, it was not to be in the final as a deserving Tallaght IT team sealed their place on the SSI Badminton league roll-of honour. With a number of the team eligible again for next year’s league they will hope to become the first college to successfully defend their league crown when the competition restarts for 2018/2019.

A word of thanks to Muriel Moles and Aidan Mullen for officiating at the event.

IT Tallaght Team: Mark Topping (Coach), Patrick Martin (Captain), Jack Lawlor, James Carroll, Kate Frost, Aoife Boylan, Ciara Breen

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Student Sport Ireland Badminton League Finals Preview

The Student Sport Ireland Badminton League finals takes place this coming Tuesday the 06th of March in Baldoyle Badminton Centre, and it promises to be the most fiercely contested finals day in recent years with the draw throwing up some eagerly awaited clashes.

 

All eyes will be on defending champions IT Blanchardstown (ITB) who boast the talents of Luke Moore and Megan Bredin in their ranks. Bredin and Moore have already tasted success together in this year’s SSI/BI XD Open event, while Luke also went on to capture the inaugural SSI/BI MS Open title in recent weeks. It is expected, that particularly with this pairing, ITB will be hard stopped, but they can expect a testing semi-final when they face the winners of Dundalk IT (DKIT) and Griffith College Dublin (GCD).

 

Dundalk, who were the 2016 winners of this event, will enter this tie as favourites having topped a competitive pool C that seen them twice narrowly defeat a strong Letterkenny IT (LYIT) team. Despite some promising results in their pool, and their experience of reaching the quarter-final stages last year, the challenge of DKIT might prove to be a bridge too far for the Griffith students. Should this result transpire, DKIT will hoping to avenge last year’s 3-2 quarter-final defeat to ITB.

 

Elsewhere, it is very difficult to predict who will progress to the final from the opposite side of the draw, with all colleges’ realistic contenders for the outright top prize on offer. IT Carlow will go head-to-head against the winners of IT Tallaght / Letterkenny IT for a place in the final. The Carlow students, who fell short in last year’s event at the semi-final stage to ITB, will look to recent SSI/BI WS Open winner Tan Wee Ling to lead the charge for them. However, they can expect stern opposition from the victors of IT Tallaght / LYIT, a match which promises to be a highly entertaining encounter.

 

The Tallaght students last won a Student Sport Ireland Badminton title in 2011/2012 when winning Division 2 of the league that season, will be quietly confident of making a big impact on finals day this year, particularly with Irish international Kate Frost in their team. However, Letterkenny IT will travel to Baldoyle with a team backboned by a number of members from the famous Raphoe BC in Donegal, and Galway man Jack Davies, ensuring that this match is likely to go to the wire.

 

One certainty is that the outright winner of the 2017/2018 SSI Badminton League will have been deserving winners. IT Blanchardstown, who won the SSI Badminton League for the first time ever last season, will look to create more history by becoming the first college to successfully defend their crown.

 

Action gets underway from 09:30am in Baldoyle Badminton Centre. The schedule is as follows;

 

Stage

Team A

Versus

Team B

Estimated Match Time

Quarter-Final 1

BYE

V

IT Carlow

09:30

Quarter-Final 2

IT Blanchardstown

V

BYE

09:30

Quarter-Final 3

Dundalk IT

V

Griffith College Dublin

09:30

Quarter-Final 4

IT Tallaght

V

Letterkenny IT

09:30

Semi-Final 1

Winner of Quarter-Final 2

V

Winner of Quarter-Final 3

11:00 / 11:30

Semi-Final 2

Winner of Quarter-Final 1

V

Winner of Quarter-Final 4

11:00 / 11:30

Final

Winner of Semi-Final 1

V

Winner of Semi-Final 2

13:30

 

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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