Balbriggan pupils complete five-week Schools Badminton Programme

June 25, 2019 0

Almost 100 students from two Balbriggan primary schools have taken part in a five-week Schools Badminton Programme. A badminton coach visited Bracken ETNS and Scoil Chormaic CNS for four weeks and all students then attended a final blitz which was held in Castleland Community Centre on the final week. The students who took part were 5th and 6th class pupils.

This is the first year of this programme, which sees Fingal County Council Sports Office and Balbriggan Community Sports Hub work in conjunction with Badminton Ireland to deliver the initiative.

As part of the programme teachers from both schools attended the Badminton Ireland Shuttle Time coaching course. They also received a kit bag with rackets, shuttles and nets to help introduce Badminton as a new sport to their students.

The Badminton Programme is designed to introduce children to a new sport and support teachers to deliver Badminton during their PE sessions. This is the first year of this programme which saw Fingal County Council Sports Office and Balbriggan Community Sports Hub, work in conjunction with Badminton Ireland to deliver this programme to the two schools.

Ciaran Russell, Community Sports Hubs Coordinator for FCC Sports, said: “I’m delighted that both Bracken ETNS and Scoil Chormaic CNS have embraced it and to have Badminton Ireland on board will only help to highlight the benefits of getting our young people involved in playing new sports. This programme will hopefully be the starting point of developing junior badminton in Balbriggan.”

Students of Balbriggan Schools at the final blitz of the Schools Badminton Programme