Scotland’s Olympic star and World silver medallist Imogen Bankier took time out of her schedule to help train the Glasgow Commonwealth Apprentices as part of the preparations for the Scottish International Badminton Championships, which were held at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
The Scottish International was the first major badminton event to be staged at the Emirates Arena, the venue which will also host the badminton competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
During the event the Commonwealth Apprentices assisted in delivering the Play Badminton Carnivals, which ran alongside the Championships and gave thousands of Scottish schoolchildren the opportunity to receive coaching and guidance from some of Scotland’s top coaches as well as the opportunity to watch some top class international badminton in the main arena.
Bankier was on-hand at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena to give the Apprentices the benefit of her experience as they received the training which helped them to play their part in assisting at the event.
The Commonwealth Apprentice Initiative is a partnership between Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, providing a two year training and development programme designed to provide a legacy for young people in Glasgow as they seek employment.
An event such as the Scottish International, which is the premier event on the Badminton Europe Circuit, provided the apprentices the opportunity to develop their skills whilst also making a major contribution to the development and legacy of badminton in Scotland.
Imogen Bankier said: “It was a lot of fun today. It’s great to be able to be involved in helping with initiatives like this which are so important to the success of the event.”
BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “It’s fantastic that Imogen was able to help us today in training the Commonwealth Apprentices. The Play Badminton Carnivals are an essential part of the Scottish International Championships, giving thousands of children the opportunity to get involved with badminton. I’m delighted that the City of Glasgow is assisting us in delivering the Carnivals by providing the Commonwealth Apprentices and with the training they have received today, I’m sure they will do a fantastic job.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games said: “These state of the art facilities belong to the people of Glasgow and are a huge opportunity for everyone to get involved, even if they aren’t lucky enough to receive some expert advice from one of Scotland’s medal hopes. The Scottish Championships and the Badminton Carnivals will encourage even more people to take up the sport.”