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 1400 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 Connaught 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!
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, 2016 and are hosting in 2020). Members also compete in the county championships and Connaught championships.
NUIG teams have competed very well in the Irish Intervarsities over the past few years. 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 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. 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.
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. We have also proudly represented NUIG at Intervarsities over the past few years and won our first title last year, in 2019. We are the hosts of the 2020 Intervarsities competition which is shaping up to be a terrific event!