The Glasgow International Youth Badminton Championships were held between Friday 30th May and Sunday 1st June at the National Badminton Academy, Glasgow School of Sport and the Cockburn Badminton Centre.
The organisers would like to thank all volunteers, supporters, sponsors and most importantly the young players for their contribution to a great event.
Glasgow and North Strathclyde Group, Glasgow Sport and Glasgow School of Sport joined forces to host the Glasgow International Youth Badminton Championships 2014.
The mix of expertise, experience and knowledge was a huge advantage enabling existing relationships with top players, coaches, organisers and planners from across the world to be further developed attracting an enviable line up of competitors.
An event of this size requires a huge amount of organisation and the expertise amongst the organising team mixed in with enthusiastic volunteers ensured the event was of a world-class standard.
The National Badminton Academy at Scotstoun played host to the under 15 events and Glasgow School of Sport hosted the under 13 events with the addition of the 6 court Cockburn Badminton Centre being used on the Saturday for girl’s singles. All Semi-finals and Finals took place at Scotstoun. Considerable support from the Sports Council for Glasgow contributed to the venue hire and ensured that training courts were presented as International standard playing arenas. All three venues were outstanding and showcased the quality of facilities available within Glasgow.
Individual medals for all 10 nations
A total of 48 medals were won at the championships. Uniquely all 10 participating nations took home medals. Leaders were Scotland with 15, England were second with 12 and Sweden third with 8 medals. England were the most successful Gold medallists with a total of 5 while Ireland had a successful championship with 3 Gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze from a team of only 3 players. Players from Denmark, Finland, India, USA, Qatar and Wales were all on the podium collecting medals.
This year’s Glasgow International Youth Badminton Championships was a huge success attracting 157 shuttlers from 10 countries. Providing a unique format led to club teams, national teams and also all star teams, made up of players from different countries, competing for the titles. The under 13 event, held at Glasgow School of Sport, produced a great final match between Team Forza and Team Skyfall. Team Skyfall which included a mix of top English and Irish players were successful. The under 15 event saw a final between English based Team Forza and Team Stockholm. Team Forza won the final in an exciting and highly competitive event.
Mentoring and Development
A coach mentoring programme and match control experience were specialist areas that the organisers aimed to up skill volunteers. This was highly successful and provided a platform to develop their specialist skills in a fairly relaxed environment. Glasgow coaches were involved in the on-court side of the event. The organisers on match control gained a huge amount of valuable experience that they can use in the competitions during the seasons ahead.
Come and try sessions
Local schools attended a come and try session at Scotstoun on the Friday of the team championships prior to viewing the matches. There was also a unique opportunity led by Judy Murray, Kirsty Gilmour and Imogen Bankier open to the Glasgow Girls Squad to meet high profile names in sport and play on court with two of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games Team members.
Individual entries 288
Games played 769
Points played 25633
Playing duration 154.8 Hours
Average match 25.94 Minutes
Shuttles used 1008
Number of courts 18
Semi finals and finals day was streamed live on the internet. Feedback on the day from all nations was very positive as supporters had the opportunity to watch their young players in competition.
This event benefitted enormously from the quality and number of volunteers involved in a number of areas both planning and delivery. Staff, coaches, parents and children all contributed to the warm, welcoming environment created at tournament venues and many teams commented on the friendly reception and support received throughout the event. It is hoped that the Glasgow International Youth provided great memories for everyone and will play a major role in spreading a positive word once they return to their respective countries.
For team results click here
For individual results click here
To view semi finals and finals matches click here
To view the facebook page click here
Team Event - Friday 22nd May 2015
Individual Event Saturday 23rd May & Sunday 24th May 2015
Report - Craig Robertson
Photographs by Duncan McEwan