• 2015 European Games in Baku Azerbaijan

    16/04/2015 High Performance2015 European Games in Baku Azerbaijan

    Team Ireland qualifies players for all 5 disciplines of the 2015 European Games in Baku Azerbaijan.

    It was a busy season for the Irish team qualifying for the European Mixed team Championships Finals in Belgium. At the finals the team managed to progress to the quarter finals before losing out to the eventual winners Denmark.

    All six of the players who travelled with the team then had to move their focus to qualifying for the 2015 European games. Ireland’s two times Olympians Scott Evans and Chloe Magee eased into the top 16 places. Evans is now in the top 25 in the World and Chloe Magee has also joined the top 25 of the rankings with her brother Sam. Sam and Chloe also made it comfortably into the top 16 of the mixed and with Scott should be seeded in the event.

  • Badminton Ireland skill development programmes going from strength to strength

    15/04/2015 DevelopmentBadminton Ireland skill development programmes going from strength to strength

    The Badminton Ireland Academy 

    The Badminton Ireland Academy (BIA) was launched in 2013 with the objective of providing regular weekly training to help players reach their full badminton potential, forming a key part of the Badminton Ireland skill development programme. The Academy is open to players of all levels and ages, with all players focused on maximising their personal badminton goals.

    The badminton sessions are held on week days so players can build training schedules around study, club play and weekend provincial squads. There are additional performance psychology, S&C, sports massage and physiology sessions.

    Players in the BIA have access the following support for what works out to €4 an hour:

    • 10 hours of badminton with one coach per court.
    • Expert coaching staff including a world No7 and a world No12 player.  Between them our coaching team has attended seven Olympic Games.
    • X2 strength and conditioning sessions per week delivered by a qualified Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) instructor
    • Personal coach to manage technical/tactical improvement and help with tournament programme selection.
    • Regular fitness testing/profiling and fitness programmes
    • Sparring players
    • Access to performance analysis (BI/IIS)
    • Access to Performance Psychology (IIS)
    • Access to Performance Nutrition (IIS)
    • Discount  from an Olympic and IIS accredited Physio – Aidan Woods
    • Access to soft tissue massage work each Wednesday evening given by a IIS accredited practitioner
    • Access to IIS medical team

    This package is great value and provides an excellent support package for any aspiring champion.

    Players who are not based in Dublin can access good value accommodation at the Marino Institute of Education (MIE) where the academy is based. Players make use of this opportunity on holiday weeks with some coming up Thursday – Sunday. The Saturday S&C session is available to all and individual programmes created.

    Many up and coming players have received a scholarship at MIE or its partner institutes Trinity College and DCU which is a short drive away.

    Although the main Academy is in Dublin, the long term objective is to develop a network of Badminton Ireland Academy Cell’s around Ireland providing opportunity for players all over to access a quality training environment. On the flip side of this the pool of coaches working with the Badminton Ireland coaching team have been developed in unison with Dan Magee, Badminton Ireland’ Performance Pathway Coach , who is focused on developing future coaching talent such as Al Bredin, Naomi Darragh, Michelle Hayes, Gerard Loh, Shane Wynne, Anthony Conneely, Will O’Neil, Norma McIntyre, Karen Brady and many more.
    The key driver to this is to ensure that coaches from all areas of Ireland have regular continual progfessional development opportunities and that they look to update their coaching certificates, and encourage other coaches in their club to do the same. Each academy cell requires a coach to be actively working towards their level 2 award and be on the Coaches license. As part of this they gain regular CPD opportunities, personally mentored by Dan Magee.

    The first pilot Academy Cell in Ennis has worked incredibly well. National players such as Lana Browne, Alex Troy, Moya Ryan and Megan Bredin developing from Ennis, with regular interaction at the main Academy Cell in Dublin. Over the past months further Cells in Galway, South and North Dublin have all developed offering a quality badminton coaching.
    Discussions are underway for future Academy Cell’s in from Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork, Waterford, Roscommon and Navan. With the development of a network of Cells and the option of accessing the Main Academy in Dublin the development of the Badminton Ireland Academy has been a major success over the past three years.

    Part of the syllabus within the Academy system is the use of the Teicnic skills ( based programme which provides coaches with specific technical goals to work toward with players. Starting at White, the players learns early basic techniques before quickly developing through the 7 levels programme to high level spins, cuts and smashes.   See for more information on the programme.

    For more information on the Badminton Ireland Academy, please see  or contact 

  • Final spaces available on Badminton Ireland Level one in Limerick read more……

    13/04/2015 CoachingFinal spaces available on Badminton Ireland Level one in Limerick read more……

    Following on from the Shuttle Time the level one is the second step on the coaching qualification ladder in Ireland. The course is designed for those people who have a basic level of badminton experience and knowledge, who wish to coach at school or club level. This course is also accredited by the BWF, so if you would like to upgrade to a World recognised certificate you can also get involved.


    Delivery & resources:

    Cost €300

    The course is delivered over 2 weekends

    Venue: Clonlara Sports and Leisure Centre

    Saturday 25th of April and Sunday 26thof April
    Saturday 13th of June and Sunday 14th of June
    Time: 10:00-17:00 each day

    The material for the course will be given to candidates in electronic format.

    If you are interested in attending this course please register with to secure your place. Limited places are available so please register now to avoid disappointment. 

  • Carlton Xelerate X900 Special Offer

    13/04/2015 GeneralCarlton Xelerate X900 Special Offer


    One lucky winner will take home the Carlton Kinesis X900 Badminton Racket RRP €191.99. The racket has been designed specifically for advanced players who want maximum speed and power as it has been aerodynamically engineered to work with your swing to reduce drag for improved head speed and manoeuvrability. It features an Optimetric head construction that combines a larger sweet spot size along with increasing power and control, read more...


    Offer valid from 1st April -31st May, 2015

  • The 2014-2015 Season highlight? – Ireland Joins Europe's Elite

    13/04/2015 GeneralThe 2014-2015 Season highlight? – Ireland Joins Europe's Elite

    As the season comes to a close we look back at one of the highlights of the season so far. After a series of ‘almosts’ over the past number of years, Ireland’s senior badminton team finally made the breakthrough they so richly deserved making it to the quarter final of the European Mixed Team championships in Leuven, Belgium in February.

    The memory of the previous European Team event in Russia 2013, was still fresh in the mind of most of the Irish team after coming within a game of beating seeded France and getting to the knockout stages for the first time. Ultimately it was not to be in 2013 but there was a sense of unfinished business in Belgium and team Ireland were in a determined mood to finally put the disappointment of Russia 2013 to bed.















    The 2015 European mixed team championship was to be the showcase of Europe’s elite and the tournament itself started back in November 2014 when all but the five pre-qualified teams, Germany (holders) Belgium (Hosts), Denmark, England & Russia, engaged in the newly formatted qualification stages which took place across Europe from Ireland to Estonia and from Iceland to Poland.

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All Ireland Individual Graded Championships

The final weekend of the All-Ireland Individual Graded Championships will be held in the Baldoyle centre on the 23rd-24th of May. Grades C, E and G will be up this time to compete for the All-Ireland title. This event is open to the public so please feel free to come down and support the players in this special event. More details can be found in the events section of the Badminton Ireland website.

Two graded championships down and one more to go this season. Both the AF and BDH saw excellent entries and were enjoyed by all members. Now in its second year the All-Ireland Individual Graded Championships gives Badminton Ireland members the chance to become all-Ireland champion in the grade. For 2014/15 Badminton Ireland split the championships into 3 weekends. A and F grades battled it out first at the Baldoyle badminton centre on the 1st and 2nd of November. Baldoyle was packed early on the 1st as players from both F and A gathered for day one.


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Attention all Badminton Masters

Badminton Ireland is pleased to announce the launch of the first round of Coaching Clinics specifically for Masters players.





The aims are as follows:

  • To improve the standard of those eager to learn.
  • To make coaching available to Masters in a structured, fun and professional manner.
  • To provide coaching that is appropriate to the age and standard of the player.


Coaching will be provided by a number of experienced Irish International and Badminton Ireland personnel. 

Given the unique nature of Masters’ badminton the sessions will concentrate on tactical and technical aspects that are geared towards the players standard and age group. 

The dates are as follows:

16th August 2015

10am-12pm (only for those attending World Championships)


16th August 2015

2 - 4pm


6th December 2015

10 – 1pm

Marino Institute of Education, part of Trinity College where Ireland's full-time players train

17th January 2016

4 – 7pm

Marino Institute of Education


The sessions are suitable for all fitness levels and there will be a cost involved.

Please respond as soon as possible indicating the sessions you would like to attend.  As numbers are limited, attendance will be on a first come first served basis.  Please indicate the area of coaching you feel you require.

In order to gauge numbers we would ask that you e-mail your interest to

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2015 European Junior Championships

There were mixed results for Ireland at the 2015 European Junior Championships, after coming second in the Group stages of the team event to eventual winners Spain the Irish players took part in the Individual part of the Championship. Ireland was represented in all five disciplines but due to regulations was only allowed to have 2 entries in each.

In the mens singles Norman Lau and Sam McKay both lost their first match. Norman lost to Vladimir Shishkov of Bulgaria faitly easily 21-8, 21-7. Sam lost to Sean Vendy(9/16) of England, after losing the first set 21-7 Sam fought back in the second before losing 21-16. In the womans singles Ireland was represented by Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh, once again the Irish girls lost their first match. Rachael lost to Spaniard and 9/16 seed Isabel Fernandez in two games 21-10, 21-16 while Sara fought hard but lost out in a tough three setter. Sara narrowly lost the first set 22-20 and won the second 21-15 but she did not have the stamina to fight for the third and went down 21-14.

In the doubles events Ireland had one combination in the mens doubles with Sam McKay partnering Paul Reynolds, this combination was up against Miha Ivanic/Andraz Krapez of Slovenia. The boys did not start off well and lost the first set very quickly 21-7, they found their rhythm in the second set but narrowly lost 22-20. This was very frustrating as Paul and Sam had been making good progress in their doubles over the previous few days. The womans doubles did much better by winning their first match against Tittina Papp/Vivien Sandorhazi of Hungary 21-10, 21-9. The next match was a bit tougher but the Irish girls have been playing a few international tournaments and have the experience to win tough matches. Sara/Rachael were up against Michaela Fuchsova/Tereza Svabikova of Czech Republic, the Irish girls won the first set 23-21. The second set went the way of the Czech girls 21-17, the Irish girls fell behind in the decider and were fighting back from 20-16 down and got up to 18 before the umpire over-ruled a line call in favour of the Czech girls on match point to hand them the match 21-18.

Moya Ryan made her debut at the European Junior Championships in the mixed doubles when she partnered Norman Lau, they won their first round match by beating Dzmitry Kuzmitski/Maryana Viarbitskaya of Belarus 21-15, 21-15. Their next match however was against a good Danish combination of Frederik Mortensen/Sara Lundgaard, the Danish were too strong and ran away with an easy win 21-6, 21-12. Paul and Rachael were back on court together and did extremely well to make it through 2 rounds beating a combination from Belgium and Bulgaria on the way before losing out to Danes. Once again the Danes proved too strong and Paul/Rachael lost 21-10, 21-12 to Alexander Bond/Ditte Soby (9/16 seed) 21-10, 21-12.

There are two players that deserve a mention for their performance at these Championships, Paul Reynolds showed good fight in every single match and improved with every game he played. His guts and determination will ensure that he will go far in badminton and will hopefully be representing Ireland for many years to come. Sara Boyle also showed great fight in every single game she played, her womans doubles got better from match to match and was great to see. Sara always gives 100% in every point which helps her improve with every game. Well done to both.

The Irish team as a whole did well and im sure they will return home and train hard to ensure that the next time they compete at these Championships they will be winning more matches.

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