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LEADING LIGHTS


26 www.badmintonscotland.org.uk November 2013 COACHING


By JOHN SHEARER


More than 450 pupils from21 schools make full use of Glasgow’s new-look Cockburn Centre


THE NEWLY-REFURBISHED Cockburn Centre in Glasgow is one of the most impressive badminton facilities in Scotland – and it’s already packing them in. More than 450 pupils from 21


secondary schools recently partici- pated in Higher PE coaching sessions held over two weeks at the Centre and the youngsters were among the first to sample the improvements. Schools from Glasgow,West


Lothian, Dundee, Perth, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Dumfries and Galloway attended with pupils currently studying PE as part of their S5/6 course. During the two-hour sessions


pupils were given the opportunity to improve their own practical performance as well as being able to consider the following:


SPOTLIGHT ON GLASGOW


DATES have been announced for next year’s Glasgow International Youth Under 13 – Under 15 Team and Individual Championships. The event will run over the weekend ofMay


30-June 1 and it will see Glasgow School of Sport and the National Badminton Academy at Scotstoun host the second annual event. Last year we welcomed 134 players from


Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Ireland, India,Wales and Scotland. Come and join us! For more information please contact craigew.robertson@glasgowlife.org.uk


Active East: YOUTH Groups from Cranhill Beacon, Fuse Youth Café, Reidvale Youth ‘N’ Action and Tollcross YMCA competed in a fun a badminton tournament in September at the Emirates Arena in partnership with Active East, Badminton Scotland and Glasgow Sport. Active Champion, AndrewMarley from


Reidvale Youth N Action, who was delighted to be involved in this inaugural badminton tourna-


•How to plan a series of progressive sessions to develop a stroke


•Observing, analysing and providing feedback to other pupils


•Observing and comparing pupil performance with that of a high


level model performer Throughout each session there


was an emphasis on pupils being able to observe and provide feedback to each other on both positive and developmental aspects of their performance. In order to make this a more


interactive experience we made use of video analysis, through the use of BADMINTONscotland’s flip cam. Pupils were filmed performing each


new practice and then as a group these performances were observed on a large screen. Having the ability to watch a


ment for Active East, said: “It is great to be in the same venue as the Commonwealth Games.We want more people to come and play badminton and all the other sports we have on.We play every Tuesday atWhitehill School and want more people to come and get involved.”


MAKEADATE


Glasgow & North Strathclyde Junior League: EIGHT-FIVE children representing 10 different clubs entered the first event of the new season of the Junior League. Again, this reflects the increas- ing trend in entries which started last year. We were really pleased to welcome new faces


– 48 to be precise! The standards and ages ranged from the smallest beginner aged seven to the oldest, regular tournament player at 20. All entrants are split into groups according to ability and all groups were played in a non knockout basis which gave the young players the maximum number of games. A lot of the groups were very tightly contested and of a high standard.


performance multiple times and being able to freeze certain frames allowed the pupils to spot similarities with the model perform- ance and also to highlight differences such as elbow position, point of contact and transfer of bodyweight. At the end of each session pupils


were given the opportunity to play games and to watch world-class badminton from pre-recorded video clips, which were again shown on the large screen. It was good for the pupils to see


how fast and dynamic badminton is at the highest level and I am sure some previous perceptions of the sport were instantly changed. Attending schools have all been


offered the opportunity to attend this month’s Scottish Open Grand Prix to allow the pupils to observe the sport in a live environment.


• EVENT UPDATES The next event following on from the


Scottish Open Grand Prix will be our first Christmas tournament to be held in the newly refurbished Cockburn Centre. Entry forms can be found at the Cockburn Centre, the National Badminton Academy or by e-mailing gillian_allan3@hotmail.com


Girls Only Sessions: A LACK of girls is a frequent lament in sporting circles. However, Glasgow & North Strathclyde Group have challenged this theory and are enjoying great success with their “girls only” sessions which take place at the National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun, on a Sunday from 4.00 – 6.00pm. Head Coach Lena Robertson said: “We have a


fantastic group of young girls aged from six to 16 years who are progressing well and enjoying their badminton. I’m delighted with their progress so far and I look forward to welcoming more young girls into the programme”.


JILL O’NEIL


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