The Irish Para Badminton International is being held this week from Thursday the 22nd to Sunday the 25th June, at the National Indoor Arena, Dublin.
This is one of the best events of the year with players from 28 countries participating. Thailand, Singapore, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Peru and England to name but a few.
If anyone is interested in volunteering at the event can you please contact BI Events Officer Gregg Farrell (email@example.com) There is still a need for more volunteers, especially Line Judges. Even if it’s only for a few hours.
The hours needed are:
Thursday & Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday 10am- 6pm
Sunday 10am-2pm (Finals Day)
Congratulations to Ciaran and Sinead Chambers of Ulster, as they took the Lithuania International mixed doubles title. After a solid win in their first round match, they followed it up by knocking out the number three seeds Christensen/Syvertsen from Norway.
After comfortably winning their quarter final match they then had two close three-game matches in the semi-final and final stages of the tournament. The final against the Czech Republic pair of Budzel/Švábíková went down to the wire, with Ciaran and Sinead winning the match in three games 17-21 21-18 21-18.
There was also a good results in the women’s doubles where Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle made it to the semi-final stages of the competition.
The NICGC Board has provisionally allocated badminton two places and one coach for potential selection to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast from the 4-15th April.
The Nomination Policy found here (2018 CWG Nomination Policy), has been overseen by the High Performance Officer of whom is no longer in place from the 1st May.
Ulster Badminton require a coach for the Northern Ireland players, the Recce visit (end of October/November 2017), the Games preparation period (January 2018 onwards), the team weekend (17-18th February 2018) and attendance at the Games on the above date. It is also likely that travel to the Games would be expected from the 26th March 2018.
Ulster will play in Division One of the English Inter County League next season after the completion of the final series of matches. Player Coach Conor Hickland said,” We were clear winners of Division Two North and had our strongest team out for the final ties.” Four members of the team, Ciaran and Sinead Chambers, Tony Murphy and Tony Stephenson were part of the Northern Ireland team which achieved Badminton’s best ever results in the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and also included were three of Ireland’s best Under -19 players, Beth Stephenson and twin sisters Rachael and Rebecca Woods. I have been with the team from we started down in Division Five in the 2011-2012 season and a big squad of Ulster players have made a great contribution to the annual promotion path to Division One.
William Martin, President of the Ulster Branch said, “ Great credit must go to all the players who played their part in Ulster’s successful return to the top. It is a major commitment by the Branch and I would like to thank our sponsors Walsin for their valuable support. In turn, Walsin Director Neil Walker said”, Walsin Ltd are delighted to contribute to the Ulster Senior Team’s triumphant year. We have had a successful partnership with Ulster Badminton for two years and we want to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck for the 2017/18 season”.”
Photo; Left to right Back Row: Ciaran Chambers, Tony Murphy, Stuart Lightbody, Conor Hickland, Tony Stephenson. Left to right Front Row: Sinead Chambers, Rachael Woods, Rebecca Woods, Beth Stephenson.
Ulster Badminton as well as many other local sports is faced with the prospect of a significantly reduced funding offer from Sport NI for the next 4 year cycle.
Whilst we are currently in the process of appealing certain aspects of our Sporting Winners Funding Award (high performance, talent) we have had to make the following changes:
- Our Talent Identification Officer and High Performance Coach have had to leave us; this will be happening over the next month.
- The current Raw Performance Squad programme will run as normal and the Emerging Performance Squad Programme will run until end of July 17. From August 17 onwards new methods of delivery are being considered and will be communicated as soon as possible.
- Our overall Sports Strategy which was developed prior to our funding application will be reviewed to determine what parts we can accomplish with the available funding. We will also develop further plans to see how we can implement the remainder of our strategy and this will be communicated to our badminton community, partners and stakeholders in due course.
Our Sporting Clubs (participation) was highly successful where we have maintained one staffing post and will be adding to the Ulster Badminton team with an additional post
If any further information is required contact can still be made through the current squad coaches and/or direct to the Badminton Office.
Further updates on our funding position will be available at the AGM being held in the Holiday Inn Express, Antrim J1 on Wednesday 24 May 7.30pm.
We are delighted to be organising a 6 week coaching programme for 6-14 year olds at the Foyle Arena starting Wednesday 26th April. The programme will run until the 31st May and each session will take place between 6-7pm. Continue reading
This weekend sees the Ulster Senior Team sponsored by Walsin travel to York for the final weekend of this years Senior County Championships.
Ulster have a very strong team travelling to York with high hopes of gaining the 3 big wins they need to be crowned Division 2 Champions and gain promotion.
The team travelling includes a mix of experience and youth, Tony Stephenson, Ciaran Chambers, Tony Murphy, Stuart Lightbody, Conor Hickland, Sinead Chambers, Beth Stephenson, Rachael Woods and Rebecca Woods.
First up in the morning will be Lothian followed by an afternoon match against the league leaders Northamptionshire. The following day will see Ulster play Glasgow.
Ulster finished in the runners up spot at U-13,U-15,Premier and Masters 40 plus and 50 plus and in third place at U-17 and Grade A in the FZ Forza Inter Pros in Dublin. A number of the teams were under strength due to player unavailability and injury.
The head to head Masters ties between Ulster and Leinster each finished on six matches all after many close matches and overall the Ulster women were in excellent form particularly at 40 plus winning all three doubles through Gillian Grimes and Jayne Orr, Karen Ballentine and Dorothy McCullough and Deborah Kane and Laura Magill. Completing the wins at 40 plus were Jeff Kearon and Brian Moore in the mens doubles and Jonathan Perry and Jayne Orr and Brian Moore and Laura Magill in the Mixed.
At 50 plus, the Ulster winners were Nelson McDowell and Ian Young and Colin Carmichael and Kieran McMahon in the mens doubles, Lynne Anderson and Carol Dunbar and Christine Graham and Heather Harron in the womens doubles, and Nelson McDowell and Liz Gault and Kieran McMahon and Christine Graham in the Mixed.
We are delighted to announce that we will be bringing Andy Stewart from North Wales across to deliver a fantastic workshop aimed at coaches working within our clubs. Continue reading
Ulster Badminton are organising a series of workshops for club based coaches focusing on the development of player footwork. The ‘Introduction to Footwork to Music’ workshop will give coaches practical examples of how to development players footwork in a fun way different to the normal on court methods. Continue reading