Badminton Ireland are effectively our Mothership. They oversee all events, affiliations, player development, Badminton growth, competitions and everything in between. Each Club is given a set of guidelines and rules and these must be followed explicitly in the interest of fairness across the game. Badminton Ireland run a number of tournaments each year at a National level, usually taking place alternatively in different provinces and we are delighted to be one of the Clubs Badminton Ireland visit regularly.
These events can all be found on our Calendar of events and include Individual Graded Open Tournaments for Grades A to G, both the Inter-Club League All-Ireland and the Inter-County All-Ireland finals, the Club Championships, National Masters events (over 35s), national training, Interprovincials, National Team & Olympic players exhibition matches, Premier League exhibitions and many many more.
Every year Badminton Ireland organise a “National Badminton Week” where a huge emphasis is put on badminton across all local communities, schools, universities, Clubs and everyone in between to come along and try out badminton. In conjunction with this BI initiative, GLTC Badminton run a week-long promotional campaign at the same time, which includes free Club Nights, social media competitions, photo competitions, a table
quiz, cake nights, linesperson courses and much more! This week has recently been scheduled in December, as an exciting build up to the international and professional event, the Irish Open, which takes place and is free to attend to watch at the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
One of the biggest responsibilities we have to Badminton Ireland is to ensure that not only are our facilities among the best in the Country but also that all our players can enjoy a fun, safe and rewarding experience every time they play in GLTC. This involves all players being “affiliated” to Badminton Ireland for the year, which means everyone becomes a registered player with BI and pays the insurance fee of €25 annually. The Badminton Committee organise and ensure this is enforced every year but you can find out more about this and how it affects you as a player under our “affiliation” section.