The search is on for Scotland’s next top badminton star with a talent day being held at the National Badminton Academy in Scotstoun later this month.
Glasgow Life in partnership with BADMINTONscotland and the Glasgow School of Sport are looking for promising young players under 11 years of age to attend the talent day at the Academy in Danes Drive between 3pm and 6pm on Sunday 27 March.
Players are invited to attend to demonstrate the abilities, skills and attributes which may enable them to play badminton to the highest level. Coaches, teachers and parents who think they have identified young players with potential are also invited to bring them along for assessment.
There will be an opportunity to meet members of the coaching teams from BADMINTONscotland, Glasgow School of Sport and the Glasgow satellite squad to discuss performance pathways for young players.
The objective of the day is to identify young players to join the Glasgow satellite and talent squads which will provide regular structured coaching opportunities to enable these young players to fulfil their potential and excel in the sport. It is expected that there will be movement between the Glasgow satellite squad and the recently formed national under 12 development squad.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “Over the years Scotland has produced some sensational badminton players such as Susan Egelstaff, Imogen Bankier and the Glasgow School of Sport’s very own Kirsty Gilmour but we are always looking for the stars of tomorrow. The talent day at the National Badminton Academy later this month will help us do just that.”
BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said “We already have some great badminton talent in this country and this initiative is another positive step in identifying and developing the badminton talent of the future. We are determined that the London 2012 Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 will leave a true legacy for the sport of badminton in Scotland and initiatives like this can only serve to help our goals”
For more information please call the Badminton Team at the Glasgow School of Sport on 0141 582 0034 or email CraigEW.Robertson@glasgowlife.org.uk
Please note that entries will not be accepted on the day and places must be booked in advance.