Club profiles: Badminton

Badminton

Hi all, Thanks for checking out one of NUIG's largest clubs. Since the relocation to the new 12-court sports facility of the Kingfisher we currently have over 1400 members! The badminton club is a great outlet for taking a break from your studies and meeting new people of course.We provide a coach for both beginners and advanced players- and don't worry if you have never shaken hands with a racquet...if you just take the first step we will help you with the rest. Also there are numerous tournaments to enter during the academic year such as annual team events including intervarsities and the Irish ISBT, county championships and Connaught championships. But it's not all about competing! Many members are satisfied with friendlies during training and club nights out are a great way to make friends. The Club is open to only students of NUIG. New members to the club, from beginners to advanced, are always welcome. Just email the club, or drop in to the Kingfisher Sports Centre during training and pick up a racket! Beware- badminton is a highly addictive sport!

History

Competitive badminton has undergone a huge revival in the past few years, seeing the clubs introduction to the county leagues, the Irish ISBT and our very own annual doubles and mixed tournament as well as our continued involvement in the Intervarsities (which we hosted in 2005, 2012 and 2016). Members also compete in the county championships and Connaught championships.

Achievements

NUIG teams have competed very well in the Irish Intervarsities reaching the Shield final over the last few years. Club members also picked up a number of prizes across all categories at the Irish ISBT last year, as well as excelling in both county and Connacht championships. We also travel to Aberdeen, Norway and Holland for ISBTs. In 2013/14 we had two winning teams in the county leagues, with one of these teams furthering their achievements by winning both the Connacht finals and the All-Ireland final also.

Intervarsities

2005, 2012 and 2016 saw NUIG badminton club host a very successful Intervarsity competition. 2016 was a very successful competition and enjoyed by students all over Ireland. Our own NUIG team made it to the Semi Finals losing out to eventual winners UCD. We will be back competing this year as the competition heads down to Limerick