Monday 17 May 2021
Badminton Ireland are looking to run a Return to Play Webinar on Monday 24th May at 7pm via Zoom. It is recommended for any clubs in the ROI planning to return to play from the 7th June
Please register via the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=QelvHEnNPkavEJ3Pett6yy-H4tWyXP1Ggu7VmlkJ1cRUOExLSU1UV0FGM082VTJUWUZWOUtGMU1UUy4u
Friday 14 May 2021
Badminton Ireland welcome the news released by Sport NI today that indoor sport for clubs will be able to resume from the 24th May.
Badminton Ireland will be releasing protocols for our Northern Ireland Clubs, Members and Coaches early next week in preparation for the return to play.
The full update on the easing of restrictions relating to sport can be seen on the link here via Sport NI.
Monday 10 May 2021
Badminton Ireland welcome the recent announcement on easing lockdown restrictions in the Republic of Ireland. The pathway outlined states that gyms & leisure centres can reopen for individual training only from June 7th.
Sport Ireland has clarified that this concept can be defined as 'Individual, physically distanced, non-contact activity, completed in a pre-defined area, within a controlled environment and without the sharing of equipment.
This definition will allow for the return of Singles Badminton under certain conditions. Our staff have worked hard to update our Return to Badminton protocols in line with this guidance. These protocols are also available on the Badminton Ireland Website under ‘Covid-19 Update’ https://www.badmintonireland.com/page/37766/Return-to-Badminton
Guidance for Clubs in ROI Guidance for Coaches in ROI Guidance for Players in ROI
We are also preparing an induction webinar to explain the protocols in further detail. Further information on this webinar will be released shortly.
We are still awaiting an update on any further easing of restrictions in Northern Ireland. Once these are available, we will be issuing protocols accordingly for our affiliated clubs in Northern Ireland.
While this is not a total return for our Sport, it is a significant step in the right direction. Badminton Ireland will continue to work with Sport Ireland and the Sports Export Group to encourage a full return to Badminton later in the summer.
Tuesday 4 May 2021
In April, our Development Team were busy planning and hosting a virtual workshop for our 'Leaders of the Future' Schools + Inclusion Programme. Also, in April, Active Schools Week took place with Badminton Ireland creating some of their own material for students to try. Please see below for more details on both programmes.
This month, BI linked up with Carlow Sports Partnership on a virtual programme as part of our Leaders of the Future Schools + Inclusion Programme. The virtual programme consisted of rules of the game, the history of badminton, session plans and how to adapt sessions to include those with physical or intellectual disabilities. Seven schools and 23 teachers took part in this programme from Carlow. On the night of the session, Carlow Coach Willie Stevensen presented a introduction to coaching and basics of badminton and BI Membership Officer Lauren Au presented Adapted Badminton. Also in attendance was Carlow County Representative Martin O'Hanlon. All teachers who took part in this virtual session received kit bags, resources and an invitation to attend a Shuttle Time course in September, if possible.
Active Schools Week is run by Active School Flag and it's aim is to encourage students to gain more active minutes than the recommended daily goals. Badminton Ireland wanted to get involved in Active Schools Week in any way we could have. During this week, the BI Development Team were able to post two skills videos for students, a quiz and information on our schools programme. Our skills videos were posted on our social media pages and feature High Performance Athletes Moya Ryan and Kate Frost. Our badminton quizzed focused on the basics of the game, you can access the quiz here. Our Leaders of the Future Schools + Inclusion Programme was also promoted during this week, for more information on this programme please click here.
Sunday 2 May 2021
Family tribute to Jack Davies
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Friday 30 April 2021
Photo Credit Badminton Europe Yevhen Lieskov and Badminton Photo
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