Club profiles: Badminton

Badminton

Hello and welcome to one of NUIG's largest clubs. With 12 pristine Badminton courts available in the sports hall of the Kingfisher, the club attracts a wide and diverse range of students while currently having over 2500 members! The badminton club is a great outlet for taking a break from your studies and meeting new people. We provide a coach for both beginners and advanced players- and don't worry if you have never shaken hands with a racquet before...if you just take the first step we will help you with the rest. There are numerous tournaments to enter throughout the academic year such as annual team events including Intervarsities and the Irish ISBT, county championships and Connacht championships. However it's not all about competing! Many members are satisfied with friendlies during training and club nights out are a great way to make new 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! Sure it's a bit of craic but beware - badminton is a highly addictive sport! 

History

Badminton is one of NUIG's more recent clubs but definitely one of the fasting growing!

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. Members also compete in the county championships and Connacht championships.

History was made in 2019 when NUIG had their first ever Intervarsity win! After three long days of competing in Queens University Belfast, NUIG came out on top with a win in the final over the hosts.

Achievements

NUIG are the 2018/2019 Intervarsity champions!

Our players dominated in the Student Sport Ireland singles tournament held in WIT bringing home a gold and bronze in the men's event and a silver and bronze in the ladies' event!

The NUIG grade D league team had a brilliant 2018/2019 season winning the All Ireland Interleague championships!

Club members also picked up a number of prizes across all categories at the Irish ISBT last year with singles, doubles and mixed winners throughout, as well as excelling in both county and Connacht championships.

In 2017/18, our grade H team won the Galway league and went on to further represented NUIG in the ensuing County and All-Ireland championships.

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.

Intervarsities

NUIG saw their first badminton Intervarsities win in 2019. Two teams travelled to Queens University Belfast to compete in the three-day-long championships. NUIG had convincing wins to top their group and reach the semi-finals. After a tight win over TU Dublin, NUIG faced the hosts in the final. The team gave their all and did not drop a match and were Intervarsity champions for the first time in the club's history.

2005, 2012 and 2016 saw NUIG badminton club host a very successful Intervarsity competition. The 2016 competition was very successful and enjoyed by students all over Ireland. Our own NUIG team made it to the Semi Finals losing out to eventual winners UCD.

NUIG was to be hosting the 2020 Intervarsity championships, where the team was hoping to defend their title! Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the tournament was postponed. We are staying hopeful that we will be able to compete this coming season.