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  • Badminton Ireland KCell Now Enrolling For 2017/2018 Season

    10/08/2017 Badminton Ireland KCell Now Enrolling For 2017/2018 Season

    Over the past two years KCELL BADMINTON ACADEMY has been central in the nurturing of emerging badminton talent across the greater Kildare area as part of Badminton Ireland’s academy cell structure.

    The academy is now heading into its third year at its base in Kilcullen Sports Centre, just off the M9 motorway in County Kildare. The hall is a 4-court set up with unlimited free parking within striking distance of Kildare and its surrounding counties. KCELL is committed to offering top quality coaching to players from beginner right up to elite juniors with all sessions designed to fit in around club and county commitments.

    Affordability is also a key driving force behind the academy. 2 hourly sessions cost just €15.00 per child with opportunities for every child to get a taste and fit into a high level training centre and avail of coaching from Badminton Ireland qualified/licenced coaches.

    KCELL is delighted to add BWF Level 2 and current U17 National Coach (next year’s U19 National Coach) Aisling Ryan to the coaching team this year alongside Moya Ryan who has graduated into senior ranks after a spell as Irish number one during her junior years. Joshua Magee and his by now famous frog jumps will also pop in when his schedule allows and the word on the street is we might just see Joshua a bit more this coming term. Alongside existing coaches Craig McCourtney and Jennie Magee all academy students are assured of high level attention.

    Speaking of the coaching additions cell director Mark Phelan was delighted with the addition of the Ryan sisters “Both the Ryan sister will bring a fresh impetus to KCELL and the girls will slot in alongside our existing coaches as we look to broaden our horizons and inject some new ideas. I have worked with Aishling this past year at national U17 level and she is one of the most professional people I know. Moya comes into the setup with younger eyes fresh from her national and international U19 duties and a good iPod playlist coupled with her talent is sure to be a hit with all our children.”

    After a short summer break KCELL is now enrolling for the 2017/18 season. If you or your child is interested in joining KCELL just email Mark at markphelan.gpm@gmail.com for details. Places as always are limited and filled on a first come first served basis.

    Feel free to follow KCELL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kcellbadmintonacademy for all news and should you wish to join KCELL you can download the 2017/18 application form via the academy website at www.kcellbadminton.com

  • Spot Ireland HPX Conference

    10/08/2017 Spot Ireland HPX Conference

    The HPX 2017 Conference (www.hpx.ie) will take place on October 6th – 7th 2017 at the National Indoor Arena Dublin. The Theme “Lessons Learned from High Performance Sport: The 2020 Evolution”

    The objectives of the Conference is to showcase some of the key lessons and help ensure Irelands performance practioners are equipped with the information and skills to continue Irelands success on the International stage.

    “Over 40 Expert Speakers from 9 Countries -

    Sharing Lessons Learned from High Performance Sport”

    Included among the speakers at the HPX Conference are 2016 World Boxing Coach of the Year Billy Walsh, Dublin Football Manager Jim Gavin, former Tipperary Manager Liam Sheedy, Irish racewalker and World Championship Gold Medallist Olive Loughnane and Paralympian and Cross Bench Peer Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson.

    The full programme is available on www.hpx.ie

    There are also opportunities to exhibit at the HPX Conference, if you know any Organisations who might be interested please refer them to www.hpx.ie/exhibition

  • *SUMMER CAMP* Limited Number of Last Minute Spaces

    01/08/2017 *SUMMER CAMP* Limited Number of Last Minute Spaces

    There is a limited number of spaces that haev come free on the U13 Teicnic Camp. The camp will be led by some of Ireland's top National Coaches as well as a team of staff coaches that will stay on site. Please note the price change of the camps this year due to the change in accommodation to the Marino apartments. The price for this years camp is €350 which must be paid in full before attending.

    Venue:  Badminton Ireland High-Performance Centre, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9.

    Times:  Arrive Monday 09.30 Depart Friday 14.00

     

    Teicnic Badminton Camp Invitation.

    U13 Teinic Camp Application form. (14th - 18th August)

    For more information on the Teinic Badminton Camps please follow this link or email coaching@badmintonireland.com

    You can also ring the office on (01) 839 3028.

  • Para-Badminton display brings the 2017 Conference to a close

    23/07/2017 Para-Badminton display brings the 2017 Conference to a close

    After a great first day at the Conference, participants were back to see what was in store in both the on and off court sessions.

    First up was former European Medallist and BWF Para-Badminton Expert Lyndon Williams who invited coaches and members into the lecture theatre where he was talking about various aspects of Para-Badminton. He explained about the different types of classes and how he came to coaching Para-Badminton. He was also preparing everyone for the on court Para-Badminton display that they would be having later in the morning. While this was going on John Quinn took the juvenile players for an on court session in the main hall where they were working hard with tough multi-feed routines.

    All of the coaches and members then took to court for the Para-Badminton display. Andy Stewart in the mean time gave the players a lecture on the mental side of badminton and what that entails. Lyndon Williams led the on court Para section assisted by some of Ireland's top players including, Laura Lee Jenkins, Stephen Halpin, Andrew Moorcroft and Chris Stewart. The participants got to play with some of the Para-Badminton athletes and understand how the players trained. There was also a number of wheelchairs in the hall where people could try out playing badminton in them. This was something many people had never tried before and they really enjoyed this experience. 

    "What a thoroughly enjoyable and educational two days. Great content and a very receptive crowd. Really pleased to have been part of the 2017 Badminton Ireland Coaches Conference." - Lyndon Williams (BWF Para-Badminton).

    After lunch Badminton Ireland development officer Fiach Andrews got to talk to the participants about some of the ideas being put in place to improve and develop badminton around the country. It was an informative session where everyone engaged well with the material and content put forward. Everyone was then led back into the hall for the last section of the day.

    Andy Stewart then took everyone onto court to launch the Pink 'Teicnic' Badminton Level. The level was not being assessed but everyone had a chance to try some of the shots and experience some of the more difficult ideas being put in front of them. We would like to thank Lyndon Williams and Andy Stewart for travelling over to the Conference as well as the Para-Badminton players who attending throughout the weekend. Having them on court was a valuable experience for everyone that took part. 

    We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Badminton Ireland Conference 2018!

    For all of the photos from the weekend, you can click on this link.

  • Record numbers gets day 1 of the Badminton Ireland Conference 2017 off to a great start

    22/07/2017 Record numbers gets day 1 of the Badminton Ireland Conference 2017 off to a great start

    With over 50 coaches, players and members at day 1 of the Badminton Ireland Conference 2017 there was a great buzz around Marino Institute of Education. 

    The day started off with a welcome for everyone from Coach Education & Training Manager Daniel Magee in the lecture theatre. Everyone was then split into their groups and the day's activities began. One group started on court with National Coach John Quinn where they were practising feeding routines using some of the young talented players from around the country. The coaches were working the players hard in a number of speed and movement drills. Coaches also got to practice different techniques such as underarm and overhead feeds. The coaches really enjoyed learning about the varied feeding styles:

     

    "It was fantastic to learn new ways of feeding in the morning session, it will be great to try to use these back in our Junior Club". - Dean Dowling (Dunboyne Badminton Club)

    During the morning session, Andy Stewart also took each of the groups for a classroom session where he discussed the benefits and variations of conditioned games that could be used when coaching. Andy took everyone through a few ideas which were later put into practice on the court. Some of the conditioned games were focused around being aware of court space and trying to build a rally with an opponent. 

    After lunch, the coaches and players got the opportunity to try some of the conditioned games Andy Stewart was explaining in the morning session. There were four courts with everyone getting to rotate around the hall experiencing each of the exercises. Some of the coaches stayed off the with court pen and paper on hand to observe and decide which games they found most effective. At the end of the session players and coaches got the opportunity to vote for which of the games was the most beneficial.

    "Fantastic feedback from all those at the conference on the value of Conditioned Games for tactical development. Voting results showed a clear winner, hopefully, the use of on court games will now be the main theme for tactical development in clubs and academies around the country." Andy Stewart - (UKCC Level 2 Coach)

    In the last part of the day coaches and players got the chance to 'boost their Teicnic Level'. Levels from White - Red on the Teicnic Badminton Programme were assessed on day 1. Badminton Ireland coaches were assessing players on each of the courts. There was a great atmosphere in the hall as everyone worked together to improve their standard and develop their 'Teicnic'. 

    Tomorrow coaches and players can look forward to a Para display from Lyndon Williams (BWF Para-Badminton), a session on developing badminton with Fiach Andrews (Badminton Ireland Development Officer) and the launch of the Pink Level Teicnic Badminton with Andy Stewart (UKCC Level 2 Coach).

    For all the photos from the opening day, you can click on this link.

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Spot Ireland HPX Conference

The HPX 2017 Conference (www.hpx.ie) will take place on October 6th – 7th 2017 at the National Indoor Arena Dublin. The Theme “Lessons Learned from High Performance Sport: The 2020 Evolution”

The objectives of the Conference is to showcase some of the key lessons and help ensure Irelands performance practioners are equipped with the information and skills to continue Irelands success on the International stage.

“Over 40 Expert Speakers from 9 Countries -

Sharing Lessons Learned from High Performance Sport”

Included among the speakers at the HPX Conference are 2016 World Boxing Coach of the Year Billy Walsh, Dublin Football Manager Jim Gavin, former Tipperary Manager Liam Sheedy, Irish racewalker and World Championship Gold Medallist Olive Loughnane and Paralympian and Cross Bench Peer Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson.

The full programme is available on www.hpx.ie

There are also opportunities to exhibit at the HPX Conference, if you know any Organisations who might be interested please refer them to www.hpx.ie/exhibition

*SUMMER CAMP* Limited Number of Last Minute Spaces

There is a limited number of spaces that haev come free on the U13 Teicnic Camp. The camp will be led by some of Ireland's top National Coaches as well as a team of staff coaches that will stay on site. Please note the price change of the camps this year due to the change in accommodation to the Marino apartments. The price for this years camp is €350 which must be paid in full before attending.

Venue:  Badminton Ireland High-Performance Centre, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9.

Times:  Arrive Monday 09.30 Depart Friday 14.00

 

Teicnic Badminton Camp Invitation.

U13 Teinic Camp Application form. (14th - 18th August)

For more information on the Teinic Badminton Camps please follow this link or email coaching@badmintonireland.com

You can also ring the office on (01) 839 3028.

Para-Badminton display brings the 2017 Conference to a close

After a great first day at the Conference, participants were back to see what was in store in both the on and off court sessions.

First up was former European Medallist and BWF Para-Badminton Expert Lyndon Williams who invited coaches and members into the lecture theatre where he was talking about various aspects of Para-Badminton. He explained about the different types of classes and how he came to coaching Para-Badminton. He was also preparing everyone for the on court Para-Badminton display that they would be having later in the morning. While this was going on John Quinn took the juvenile players for an on court session in the main hall where they were working hard with tough multi-feed routines.

All of the coaches and members then took to court for the Para-Badminton display. Andy Stewart in the mean time gave the players a lecture on the mental side of badminton and what that entails. Lyndon Williams led the on court Para section assisted by some of Ireland's top players including, Laura Lee Jenkins, Stephen Halpin, Andrew Moorcroft and Chris Stewart. The participants got to play with some of the Para-Badminton athletes and understand how the players trained. There was also a number of wheelchairs in the hall where people could try out playing badminton in them. This was something many people had never tried before and they really enjoyed this experience. 

"What a thoroughly enjoyable and educational two days. Great content and a very receptive crowd. Really pleased to have been part of the 2017 Badminton Ireland Coaches Conference." - Lyndon Williams (BWF Para-Badminton).

After lunch Badminton Ireland development officer Fiach Andrews got to talk to the participants about some of the ideas being put in place to improve and develop badminton around the country. It was an informative session where everyone engaged well with the material and content put forward. Everyone was then led back into the hall for the last section of the day.

Andy Stewart then took everyone onto court to launch the Pink 'Teicnic' Badminton Level. The level was not being assessed but everyone had a chance to try some of the shots and experience some of the more difficult ideas being put in front of them. We would like to thank Lyndon Williams and Andy Stewart for travelling over to the Conference as well as the Para-Badminton players who attending throughout the weekend. Having them on court was a valuable experience for everyone that took part. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Badminton Ireland Conference 2018!

For all of the photos from the weekend, you can click on this link.

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Coaching Overview

Badminton Ireland is committed to coach development and has established a tiered coach education system with an introductory level then levels 1-3.

There is also a skills based programme ‘Teicnic Badminton’ and a number of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) modules to help support coaches.

For more information please contact the Badminton Ireland office coaching@badmintonireland.com or +353 18393028.

Coaches are encouraged to maintain their qualifications by completing CPD modules, this will become compulsory in 2016.