Glasgow is the home of badminton in Scotland, housing the National Badminton Academy, regularly hosting a number of international badminton competitions, and where the sports governing body Badminton Scotland is based. Over the years Glasgow has produced countless top level players who go on to represent Scotland at major international championships. Many of the players also study at one of Glasgow’s education institutions which allow them to combine the course of their choice along with top level badminton.
The facilities available for athletes to train are first class and draw Scotland’s most talented athletes to the city as well as others from abroad. The National Badminton Academy has 10 courts, whilst other badminton facilities in the city include the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, Scotstoun International Sports Arena, the Glasgow School of Sport and the first rate university sport facilities. The introduction of the National Indoor Arena in the East End will provide even more top quality court space for Glasgow players and will host the badminton competition at Glasgow 2014.
Badminton is fortunate to have a number of athletes currently in the Scottish Institute of Sport. These players have individualised training programmes and train full time at the National Badminton Academy (Scotstoun, Glasgow) under the guidance and coaching of the National High Performance Coach and their assistant.
In addition to university clubs, there are a number of clubs based in Glasgow. With many of Scotland’s best players based in Glasgow, there is an excellent depth of talent based in the city.
High performance programmes in or around Glasgow
Junior High Performance Squad:
BADMINTONscotland runs a Junior High Performance Squad Programme supported by sportscotland Lottery Funding. The Junior National High Performance Coach takes charge of a squad of 9 young athletes (up to 19 years of age) who are selected as they are deemed to have medal winning potential. These athletes are also supported through the Scottish Area Institute of Sport Network and benefit from an individualised training and competition programme.
National Satellite Squad:
BADMINTONscotland runs a weekly National Squad at the National Badminton Academy (Scotstoun, Glasgow) for players from Under 11 to Under 19 age groups. This is an invitation-only squad whose Programme Manager & Head Coach is Julie Hogg.
BADMINTONscotlandruns a weekly National Super Cell at the National Badminton Academy (Scotstoun, Glasgow) for players from 19 years, who continue to train and compete regularly in senior badminton. This is an invitation-only squad whose Head Coach is Ray Stevens.
West of Scotland Institute of Sport:
The West of Scotland Institute of Sport provides a range of support services to Scottish badminton players selected for the BADMINTONscotland Junior High Performance Squad Programme. The core programme of support involves regular Strength & Conditioning sessions, Sports Medicine backup, Sports Science support and Performance Lifestyle guidance.
Glasgow & North Strathclyde Group:
The Glasgow & North Strathclyde Group also organize two teams who compete within the UK Inter Counties league. The first team competes within the Premier Division which includes several current Scottish and English internationals. Players living within the Glasgow & North Strathclyde area would be eligible for selection and the invitation only training session at the Glasgow School of Sport.
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