• 'Creating Winners' Webinar with Tom Reidy

    15/01/2021 Coaching'Creating Winners' Webinar with Tom Reidy

    We are delighted to present, in conjunction with Neneagh Badminton Academy a 'Creating Winners' Zoom Webinar with special guest Tom Reidy (Pictured Right). The webinar will be hosted by Michael O'Meara (Pictured Left) from Nenagh Badminton Academy, supported by Craig McCourtney, Education and Training Officer at Badminton Ireland.




  • William Martin honoured at the Federation of Irish Sports Awards

    14/01/2021 GeneralWilliam Martin honoured at the Federation of Irish Sports Awards

    Congratulations to William Martin (Co. Down) who received nationwide recognition for his dedicated work with Ulster Badminton tonight, as he has been awarded the Co Down award at the virtual 2020 Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport awards, proudly supported by EBS Mortgage Masters.  

    William has been involved in a volunteer capacity for Ulster Badminton for many years now. He always carries out any role given to him with dedication, hard work and commitment. William is the Tournament Director, running every tournament that is held in Ulster, as well as involved in the running of many Badminton Ireland’s competitions. He deals with the entries, liaises with clubs and different partners including the Special Olympics, the Para-Badminton Club in Lisburn, as well as many other groups and organisations. William is one of those people who quietly gets on with the job in hand and often goes unrecognised for his efforts. He was honoured this week at the special virtual awards ceremony.  

    The Volunteers in Sport Awards were created to champion the contribution, commitment and dedication of the army of 450,000 volunteers across the country who go above and beyond by giving their time to Irish sport and physical activity each year.  These volunteers dedicate some 37.2 million hours of volunteering across the country’s 13,000+ sports clubs and associations every year. 

    Towards the end of 2020, members of the public, as well as sports clubs and governing bodies were invited to nominate an individual whose contributions to sport has made a real difference to their community, club or county. The nominations and award recipients were selected by a judging panel consisting of 11 individuals drawn from sports administration, the volunteer community and media, including former Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy, RTÉ broadcaster, Marie Crowe and CEO of CARA, Niamh Daffy. 

    Speaking about the awards, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, Mary O’Connor said: “Sport plays a central role in the social fabric of every community in Ireland, yet it would not happen at all without the army of volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise across pitches, courts, tracks, pools and community halls across the country. This year, more than ever before, we have seen just how essential the role of the volunteer is in our local communities and to this end, it will be an honour to be able to recognise so many of these volunteers at this week’s virtual Volunteers in Sport awards. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all of this year’s recipients, and also thank EBS for their amazing support in bringing the awards – and wider recognition – of volunteers in sport in Ireland to life. Thanks also to Minister Jack Chambers who will be taking the time out of his schedule to attend our virtual ceremonies this week and helping us to champion and celebrate the recipients.” 

    Commenting on the awards, Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, TD, said: “It is a real honour for me to help recognise so many fantastic volunteers in our community at this year’s virtual Volunteers in Sport Awards. I have always admired the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes in sport and physical activity throughout the country, and it is a privilege for me be involved this week to help celebrate so many incredible individuals who give their time and dedication to ensuring that sport in Ireland runs smoothly 365 days of the year. Volunteers are often overlooked, but they are truly the backbone of sport in Ireland and these awards are a superb way to recognise and honour their amazing contribution to their communities. My thanks to the Federation of Irish Sport and EBS and everyone who will no doubt make these virtual ceremonies a memorable occasion for all.” 


    Chief Executive Officer of EBS, Paul Butler, commented: “EBS is thrilled to partner with the Federation of Irish Sport once more this year to honour and champion so many of our everyday heroes around Ireland who are truly the backbone of Irish sport. EBS has been involved in communities in Ireland for over 80 years and we know that our biggest asset is the people who work with our customers throughout local communities in Ireland. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the recipients of the 2020 Volunteers in Sports Awards and thank them for all of the tireless work they do to ensure sport in Ireland continues to flourish.” 

  • Introduction to Court Officials Webinar

    12/01/2021 GeneralIntroduction to Court Officials Webinar

    **Introduction to Court Officials Webinar**

    The Badminton Ireland Court Officials Group (COG) will be hosting a webinar on the 18th January @7pm. In this webinar the COG will explain what is involved in becoming a Court Official and what’s ex of them once they complete the training.

    If you are interested in becoming a Referee or an Umpire or a Linejudge please register here via the following link: Webinar Registration

  • Women in Sport - Club Leadership Training & Support Programme

    11/01/2021 DevelopmentWomen in Sport - Club Leadership Training & Support Programme

    Badminton Ireland are delighted to announce that we are re-launching our Women in Sport Club Leadership Training & Support Programme. The aim of this programme is to encourage clubs to identify future female committee members in their club. The nominated future committee member will take part in a mentoring programme with their present club committee members and will have the chance to start their journey on the coaching ladder.


    Each nominated future committee member will have the chance to start their journey on the coaching ladder. Along with starting their coaching careers, future committee members will also have the chance to upskill in areas like Sports First Aid, Safeguarding, Disability Inclusion Training, etc.


    **With the whole country in a state of Level 5 restrictions, Badminton Ireland are preparing to bring most elements of this programme online if required.


    Please see programme documentation below:

    - Programme Description

    - Expression of Interest Form


    If your club has any questions regarding the programme please do not hesitate to email Development Officer Sarah O'Donoghue on

  • Badminton Ireland Newsletter - December 2020

    07/01/2021 GeneralBadminton Ireland Newsletter - December 2020

    Dear All,  


    Please see the December 2020 Newsletter below, you can click the limage to see the full newsletter. 


Latest News


Sport Ireland Women in Sport Webinar Recordings

**Sport Ireland Women in Sport Recordings**

During European Week of Sport, Sport Ireland hosted a number of webinars and panel discussions around the topic of Women in Sport.

The topics include:

- Coaching the Female Athlete

- Go with the Flow - Menstrual Cycle and the Female Athlete

- Active During Pregnancy

- New Mums and Exercising

Miss out? Don't worry, Sport Ireland have you covered, they kindly recorded all four of the webinars they hosted and have posted them to the Sport Ireland Website.

With Level 5 restrictions in place, why not take the time to take a look?



Irish Nationals moved to 14th/15th August

The following events have been postponed due to the government restrictions put in place both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland:

  • U15 Leinster Open
  • U19 Leinster Open
  • Leinster Open
  • Irish Senior Nationals (Moved to 14th/15th August- NIA)


Badminton Ireland has also made the decision to postpone the Masters Nationals and are currently reviewing the Masters International event.


The National events committee will be meet before the 24th January 2021 to find new dates in the calendar for the current postponed events. 


UPDATED - Level 5 Guidelines - 31/12/2020

Dear Members

In response to the dramatic rise in cases over the past week, the Government has removed all exemptions previously announced under level 5 restrictions. This includes indoor individual training (Casual Singles play). Therefore, effectively immediately, all Badminton activity should cease until further notice. 

This is another blow to our sport and will impact all our members and event organisers. Badminton Ireland will continue to liaise with Sport Ireland to develop a return to play protocols that will allow our Sport to return to normal as soon as possible.

We will also continue to engage with you on a number of matters early in the new year. More information can be found HERE

This guidance applies to the indoor sporting activity of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and their affiliated network (Branches, Counties and Clubs). NGB’s must have assurances that protective measures will be strictly adhered to and therefore any club or group following these guidelines must be affiliated with Badminton Ireland.

Happy New Year, 

David McGill



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