Badminton Wales Development Pathway
Badminton is one of the most popular sports across the globe, with over 3 million players worldwide. At Badminton Wales, we recognize that less than 2% of our membership is made up of our performance players. As a result of this we are committed to developing badminton within our clubs, counties, and communities. The below illustration shows that we believe that our players should be an integral part of their clubs, right up until they start to play the international circuit. For more information on the age groups, click here: Badminton Wales Age Groups
Badminton Wales have introduced a new schools programme the BWF Shuttle Time initiative. The Shuttle Time program has been created and endorsed by the World Governing Body for Badminton, Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Badminton Wales are fully certified to deliver Shuttle Time to schools, leisure centre staff and coaches through our trained Tutors.
Badminton Wales are offering all Primary and Secondary schools, Universities, Colleges, Leisure Centres and Clubs in Wales the opportunity to be Shuttle Time trained by undergoing a course at no cost delivered by Badminton Wales. The Shuttle Time program is an online lead program with over 90 video clips of all the exercises and over 20 weeks of session plans. The course will guide teachers and provide them with the knowledge to deliver the Shuttle Time sessions.
The Shuttle Time program will provide a fun and exciting experience whilst providing a challenging environment for children of all ages and ability.
Whilst it is designed to be split into lesson plans, Shuttle Time matches the demands of clubs just as easily as it does schools. For clubs with younger members who would benefit from advice on group management, basic coaching skills and a mixture of fun and more serious structured learning, we highly recommend it. On completion of the course, you come away with a full set of resources to use within your club, classroom or session.
Badminton At Home and Couch to Court
Badminton Wales are thrilled to release our two new beginner programmes!
Badminton At Home has been designed for anyone who has never picked up a racket before. You don’t need a court – or even a net! – just a racket and a little bit of space. Our aim is to help build your confidence and introduce the game in a way that is accessible to everyone! You can download it here.
Shuttle Time Couch to Court is a programme that takes you from zero to hero to six weeks. We’ve put together a coaching programme to teach you the basics and get you playing badminton competitively. You’ll go from learning to serve to outsmarting your opponent with a netshot in no time. We’ve also included strength and conditioning exercises to help you build your fitness, ensuring that you can learn in a safe and supportive environment. To download Couch to Court, click here.
We also have an online community to help support you and keep you motivated! Come and join us at Shuttle Time Cymru.
Badminton Wales run two different School Tournaments throughout the year. For a full overview, click here.
The Shuttle Time Schools Competition is aimed at grassroot players and open to all secondary schools in Wales. Students who are already within the Badminton Wales Performance Pathway are not able to take part – for these students we recommend our Top Schools event. Local Authorities are responsible for organising their own local event, where the Boys and Girls winners from years 7&8 and 9&10 go forwards to compete in the regional finals, usually held in March. The entry form and regulations can be found here. Entry is £15 per team, payable in advance.
The Top Schools competition is a higher level competition, inclusive of the Badminton Wales performance players. The entry fee is £15 per team, payable in advance. Each year there are 2 regional events, one in North Wales and one in South Wales, in October with the top 3 Boys and Girls teams progressing through to compete in the National Finals (usually held in Mid Wales in February.) The entry form and regulations can be found here.
Schools Newsletter – Welsh | Schools Newsletter – English
Badminton Wales is fully committed to supporting our clubs. As an essential, fundamental part of our sport we realize how vital our clubs our to the continued growth of our sport. Currently we have over 350 clubs currently affiliated to us and we know that there are many, many more out there. Our affiliated clubs have access to all of our advice on funding, policies, GDPR and coach education. They are also covered by our insurance, which extends to public liability and personal injury. For full details on the support that we can offer, click here.
For some of our coaches’ favourite junior games, click here.
We are also committed to establishing Junior Leagues in order to offer the junior club players regular competitive opportunities. Recommencement of the Junior League has been delayed due to Covid-19, but we will have it re-established in 2022.