Nominations open for subsidised UK Coaching Conference 2018 Tickets
The first ever UK wide Coaching Conference is being hosted by sportscotland, and takes place at Oriam Sports Performance Centre, Edinburgh on 26th and 27th June 2018. The event is supported by all sports council partners across the UK, and aims to attract 250 coaches and coaching system builders from across the sports sector. Recognising 2018 as the Year of Young People, the event theme is Coaching: The Next Generation.
The UK Coaching Conference 2018 booking site is now live, and can be accessed here. There, you will find out all you need to know about the conference and of course be able to book at the early bird rate.
To support and celebrate the introduction of coaches to this event, sportscotland are subsidising 2 coaching places for each governing body. The cost of the subsidised place is £100.00+vat, which is a 50% reduction on the early bird ticket price. Although there is still a cost to attend, this is still a brilliant opportunity, which models the very best in personalised learning and is packed with exciting world class content and speakers. If you would like to be nominated/nominate a coach to receive the subsidy, we welcome nominations from/for coaches who:
- hold a recognised governing body coaching qualification
- are registered on the Badminton Scotland Coach Register
- regularly coach at an affiliated club (minimum of one hour, once per week)
- have a desire to expand their knowledge and develop as a coach
To nominate, please complete the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/AtcMQOYIgM0DnEg52
All nominations must be received by Wednesday 4th of April 12.00pm. Please note, coaches can also self-nominate.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
WESTERN ISLES BADMINTON ASSOCIATION
Lewis and Harris u13 and u17 Badminton Championships 2018 (24 February 2018)
Over 20 players took part in the first junior badminton championship to be held for some time. Five hours of play provided opportunities for all, including four hardy players who had travelled up that morning from Barra. Thanks to Orla, Seumas, Ellie and Ben for making the effort to ‘pop up’ for a game.
Highlight of the day, was not just the wide smiles on all the players faces, but the enthralling u17 boys final which saw Cameron Mackenzie (Point) and Keith Bray (Tong) battle out a 3 set nail-biter. Keith just edging it in the end, two games to one. There was only a racket string between them, and the spectators and fellow players gave them a rousing applause after their epic match.
Thanks to all who played. Hopefully we can do the same again next year.
U 13 Boys Singles
Winner: Finlay Macleod, Runner up: Charlie Shirkie
U 13 Girls Singles
Winner: Orla McGuire (Barra), Runner up: Ellie Macpherson
U13 Girls Doubles
Winner: Orla McGuire and Ellie Denehy, Runner up: Ellie Macpherson and Joanna Bray
U 13 Open Doubles
Winner: Orla McGuire and Ellie Denehy, Runner up: Sandy Macdonald and Finlay Macleod
U 17 Boys Singles
Winner: Keith Bray, Runner up: Cameron Mackenzie
U 17 Girls Singles
Winner: Beth Macphail, Runner up: Claire Stephen
U 17 Doubles
Winner: Keith Bray and Abhishek Shedeksheri, Runner up: Cameron Mackenzie and Neil Aitken
U 17 Mixed Doubles
Winner: Beth Macphail and Cameron, Runner up: Orla McGuire and Ben Denehy
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Lewis & Harris Badminton Competition 2018
Organised by Sport and Health Section
The Western Isles Badminton Championships took place on Saturday 27 th January at the
Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais in Stornoway. The competition comprised of 3 different events – CnES
Sport and Health Section would like to thank the following local sponsors:
- Alasdair Macrae Men’s & Ladies Doubles
- Moldova Cup Mixed Doubles
The competition had a total of 26 entries (9 pairs in the Men’s doubles, 5 pairs in Ladies doubles and 12 pairs in the Mixed doubles). All the doubles competitions took the format of group sections with the group winners progressing to the finals.
The winners were as follows
Alasdair Macrae - Ladies Doubles
Winner Donna Maclennan & Jane MacIntosh
Runner Up Fiona Mackenzie & Ann Mackenzie
Alasdair Macrae Men’s Doubles
Winners Kevin Macleod & Kedar Paul
Runners Up Derick Morrison & Michael Jefferson
Moldova Mixed Doubles
Winners Kevin Macleod & Eilidh Morrison
Runners Up Kedar Paul & Volna Mackay
Thanks once again to the local sponsors, ISL staff, Norman Macdonald and, of course, all the
Primary and Secondary Schools Dates (posted 8th Aug 2017)
Inverness Leisure Centre for the following school comps on the following dates:
- Friday 29th Sept – SSBU Secondary Schools- Highland qualifier- under 14./16 /.18
- Tuesday 24th October- secondary S3-6 team Event 2 boys and 2 girls per team
- Friday 10th November- SSBU Primary team Quaich- 4 boys and 4 girls
- January 18th – SSBU South Primary – Individual
- Thursday 15th March – Primary team event (x Tain) 2 boys and 2 girls
- Friday 16th March –S1& S2 Team Comp – 2 boys and 2 Girls
Smash into Badminton (posed 9th Feb 2017)
With just over six months to go before the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 comes to Glasgow, BADMINTONscotland are already determined to introduce 30,000 schoolchildren to the sport as part of the World Championships Legacy Programme.
But the challenge doesn’t stop with the youngsters. BADMINTONscotland has just launched Smash In2 Badminton (SI2B), a new national participation programme giving people of all ages the opportunity to play badminton in a relaxed and fun environment. Sessions will be pay and play with an organiser or coach on hand to support.
Lyndsay Morrison, BADMINTONscotland’s Coaching and Development Manager, said: “For participants, the Smash In2 programme will give people of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to play in a fun and sociable environment, learning something new or returning to a sport they used to play.
“It can provide many health benefits as well as giving families time to keep fit, enjoy sport and have fun together. There will be an organiser on hand to lead the sessions so there are tips and advice available, but the main message is to enjoy badminton.”
Smash In2 clubs can be organised anywhere in Scotland through local authorities, facility providers, sports development, schools or existing clubs. For some participants, this will be part of the entry point into the sport and could lead to joining an already established club.
Sessions can also be organised by existing clubs by way of offering more opportunities or as a development pathway into more competitive badminton. Some sessions may already be in place and Smash In2 can enhance the programmes that are already running around Scotland and build on the positive opportunities that are out there.
There are many benefits for organisers to being part of this national initiative and Craig Smith, SI2B Organiser, said: ‘’The Adult SI2B at Allander has been very successful with attendances as high as 22 participants. It has been great to see varying abilities and local people of all ages taking part, having fun and keeping fit through the sessions.
“As the organiser, my main role is to ensure everyone is happy, ensure matches are organised and provide some basic coaching for players in between games.’’
John Farr, EDLC Sports Development Coordinator, said: ‘’I am pleasantly surprised about the numbers. One of the things that has stood out to me is the adults who have come back into the sport as well as attracting new beginner adults.
“The session has a relaxed social setting where adults enjoy both playing and socialising. Many of the players have commented on the benefits the session has had on their overall personal health.
“I believe the success behind it all is the usage of social media to promote session initially in addition with creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for everyone and anyone. From recent feedback members are requesting that another SI2B session could be set up.’’
For more information on how to set up a Smash In2 class or if you would like to find out where your local Smash In2 session is, visit www.badmintonscotland.org.uk or contact Lyndsay Morrison on 0141 445 1218.
The Nairn Sports Club Men's Doubles was held on Sunday 15th January 2017
The results are as follows;
- 1st place Martin Vass and David Vass
- 2nd place Bruce Mcwhirter (15yrs)and Darren Mcwhirter
- 3rd place Aaron Morrison (14) and Steve McGregor
- 4th place Ian Campbell (13) and Callum Burge (12)
There were 14 competitors and we were delighted to welcome players from Moray and Inverness. I would like to highlight how impressive our junior players were. Angus Duffy (13) and Alasdair McCruden (13) as always played impressively beating the men in two of their games, with each game played to 21. Ian Campbell and Callum Burge, although placed 4th in the finals, they actually won all 6 of their qualifying rounds. Outstanding. Thank you to everyone who took part, what a great night of badminton and special thanks to Anna McGregor for scoring.
(Write up courtesy of Andrea Gallagher as at 16th Jan 2017)
Tournaments / Competitive Games
(Posted 27th April 2016)
Message from Jane Grant - Badminton Scotland Development Officer
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a forum/ meeting to discuss setting up a Highland Badminton Schools Group on: Monday 16th May, 7pm -8pm
The Spectrum Centre, Inverness (beside the Bus Station and the Rose Street multi storey car park).
I am looking for any parent, teacher, volunteer, ASC, who feel that they could be of some assistance to this group. For the past few years we have been hanging on by a thread!! Last year we only managed to run the individual secondary school event and the individual primary event.
While covering the Highlands & Islands and visiting schools, both Primary and Secondary, there is a lot of badminton being played but could we offer more for these players?
Would you be interested in more competitions, more coaching in your schools/areas. Please come along on Monday 16th May to air your views and hopefully begin to work as a group. If you feel you could help in any small way but are unable to attend please get in touch with myself.
The SSBU are holding their AGM on the 5th June in Perth so I would like to have some positive information to feedback to them before then.
BADMINTONscotland Highlands & Islands Regional Development Officer
tel: 07539 139311
head office: 0141 445 1218
web : www.badmintonscotland.org.uk