Badminton Ireland are delighted to confirm the recent announcement from the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, and Sport Ireland, that funding has been confirmed for our ‘Leaders of the Future’ school and disability inclusion programme in 2021. Moreover, new Badminton Ireland initiatives in the areas of coaching and innovation have received financial backing under this funding stream.
The Minister announced an investment package of €7.3 million in the Dormant Accounts Fund for sport and physical activity projects that align with the National Sports Policy and National Physical Activity Plan documents.
This announcement is significant given the challenging and uncertain times at present and will enable Badminton Ireland to provide continued exposure to the sport across the country. Our ‘Leaders of the Future’ programme has been delivered in Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, and Sligo over the past three years, and will not only further develop the initiative in those regions, but also expand to other counties over the next 12 months.
The ‘Leaders of the Future’ project focuses on removing the key barriers for schools and disability groups to participate in the sport by providing;
- Coaching qualifications to teacher’s in the form of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Shuttle Time course
- Teacher’s with a range of online resources and online lesson plans
- Equipment in the form of school kitbags which include rackets, shuttles, and nets
- Coaching visits
- Non-competitive Blitz days that focus on the personal, playing, and social development of all participants
- Club-school links
A full announcement from Sport Ireland can be found via the link below;