BADMINTONscotland has developed an innovative Coach Education and Development Plan to meet the needs of our sport and of our key stakeholders. The Coaching Plan was launched in March 2012 at a Coaches’ Development Weekend at sportscotland National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde in Largs.
It is a three-year development plan which reflects the original concept of UKCC, but better fits the needs of badminton. It encompasses the new “Excel” pathway for performance players and coaches, thus ensuring consistency of delivery at all levels. This will make for smoother transitions for players to and from performance squads.
The plan has been designed to be developmentally appropriate whilst reflecting BADMINTONscotland’s vision for the future of our sport. It was influenced by contemporary research and by the expertise of coaches.
The plan recognises badminton’s position as one of the highest participation sports in the school setting. A BADMINTONscotland audit in January 2011 found that 27 of Scotland’s local authorities had badminton in the primary curriculum, while all 32 featured it at secondary level.
Whilst we use age bandings in the document, these are merely indicative.
We firmly believe that this plan will enable us to develop and support more coaches at every level.