Eigthy children attended the primary school blitz event held in Neptune Stadium, Cork city, as part of the 2018 Cork School's Programme on Tuesday last. Bunscoil Rinn an Chablaigh, Clondrohid NS, and Scoil Iosagan Aghada were the schools who participated on the day, having completed a number of weeks training internally within their schools after some of their teachers attended the Shuttle Time course on March 14th in Bishopstown Community School.
Participants were treated to a combination of fundamental movement skills, elements of the Badminton Ireland White Teicnic programme, skills stations, and matches over the course of the day. Tania O’Flynn (Level 1 and Badminton Ireland Licenced Coach), excelled in the organisation and delivery of the skills stations and Teicnic drills, and all the children responded hugely to her energy and enthusiasm.
Furthermore, it was evident that the participation and social emphasis placed on the blitz day resulted in an enjoyable environment and maximised the experience of the blitz for the participating children. With this event being the first exposure to formal badminton for many of the participants, this conscious approach was taken by Badminton Ireland and the Cork Sports Partnership with an aim to providing a setting that allowed for participant learning and development outside the remit of competition.
Overall the 2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme is an initiative which has proven to be a massive success due to the collaboration and support of the Cork Sports Partnership. Their engagement, communication, and planning, throughout the programme with all stakeholders was of the highest quality, and creating an effective partnership with them has ensured there are solid foundations in place for continued work between Badminton Ireland and the Cork Sports Partnership moving into the future.
A particular note of thanks must go to Maurice O’Sullivan, James Kirby, all the Cork Sports Partnership volunteers, and Tania O'Flynn for ensuring the blitz day ran so smoothly. Additionally, the support of Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Fund has been essential in the implementation of this project, and without their assistance this project would not have been possible.
Badminton Ireland look forward to rolling this project out to further regions between September and December 2018. To register your schools interest complete the Google Doc. at the following link.
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