The National Senior Development Squad (NSDS) will be a pilot project carried out by Badminton Scotland’s Senior Performance Team.
The NSDS will only select players who have the potential to show commitment and performance levels required to be a “world class” player, whilst working towards gaining selection to the National Senior Squad, GB Talent Programme and GB Programme.
The National Head Coach will have sole discretion for:
· Inviting players to assessment day
· Selecting players to National Senior Development Squad
However guidance and reference may be taken from National Development Coach for both assessment and final selection.
Players invited to assessment day will be required to complete a “badminton CV”. The C.V. must evidence competition results domestic and international, highlight representation for Scotland and evidence both physical and technical attributes/competencies.
In addition (as this is a stepping stone to potentially being selected for Scottish Senior Squad) players must state they would be willing to commit to full time training in Glasgow if selected for Scottish Senior Squad in the future.
The assessment day will involve technical and physical testing and tactical and mental toughness will also be assessed during the day. Physical testing will involve multi-stage fitness test and the standards required are currently published on Badminton Scotland web-site under Junior Selection Criteria.
N.B. Please note physical testing only forms one element of the assessment and passing this test does not guarantee selection to the squad.
Selection of players will primarily involve performance of players at assessment day, however guidance and reference may also be taken from National Development Coach (in particular in cases where players cannot attend due to injury).
It is unlikely (other than in exceptional circumstances) we will invite or assess any players under the age of 16 or over the age of 18.
This ties in with age ranges to be selected onto National Senior Squad, GB Talent Programme and GB Programme.
Please note that there is no course of appeal for invite to assessment day or selection onto National Senior Development Squad.