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www.badmintonscotland.org.uk November 2013 21 GRAND PRIX


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HE Scottish Open is like no other major tournament for placing almost as big an emphasis on junior players and beginners


as it does the tournament itself. And this year is no different as the traditional Play Badminton Carnivals have now been rebranded as a Festival. In the countdown to the Scottish Open Grand


Prix the coaching and development staff have been focusing on final preparations for this year’s Festival. Our school-based Festivals will once again run


from theWednesday to Friday and have been fully booked since mid-September. In total more than 1400 pupils will take part in the Festivals over the first three days of the Championships. Over the last two months we have delivered


eight hours of training to more than 100 Sports Coaching students from City of Glasgow College and Glasgow’s Clyde College, Cardonald Campus. These students will be responsible for


delivering Festival activities to all of the attending schools. As well as gaining practical coaching experience the students will also benefit for the first time from presentations throughout the week from Glasgow 2014, Scottish Institute of Sport, Glasgow Sport, Scottish Disability Sport, Glasgow University andOlympic Athlete Susan Egelstaff. The first three days of the Championships will


By JOHN SHEARER


also see over 1,600 primary and secondary school pupils attending the event as spectators. All the schools will receive match analysis sheets to complete as they watch and schools attending on theWednesday and Friday will have the opportunity to take part in some of Glasgow Science Centres Fit Lab Exhibits. Each evening we will have a number of


different squads and clubs coming to the venue to make use of the facilities and watch some of the action in the Scottish Open. Glasgow’s Junior Talent and Satellite squads


will attend their weekly training sessions at the Emirates Arena as will the Junior National squads.On Friday, November 22 we will be running a friendly competition for 60 young people from local youth groups in partnership with Glasgow Sport and Active East. On Finals day we shall be offering junior


players and their families the chance to take part in various activities including free face painting, green screen photography, Batak reaction board, on-court badminton sessions, autograph signings with international players, Glasgow Science Centre and meet Clyde the 2014 mascot. With all of the above activities on offer as well


as world-class badminton, we anticipate large numbers as well as a great atmosphere through-


out the Championships. Following a successful first year at the Emirates Arena, we are confident that this year’s event will be bigger and better than last year. In total we hope to attract more than 5,000 junior players this year. I would like to thank the people/organisations


that are supporting the Development Programme this year, including: JillO’Neil and Glasgow Life/Sport, DavidMcGurn and Glasgow Clyde College Students, Alan Simpson and City of Glasgow College Students, Glasgow Science Centre, Dominic G Smith Photography, Impact Signs, Active East, Sally Tait and the Glasgow Active Schools Team, Emirates Arena Management and Staff,MullerWiseman Dairies and Yonex UK.





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