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.