Monday, 19 August 2013

Munster/Connacht Trip to the Alpha Badminton Club Lisburn 16th, 17th & 18th August

The trip to the Alpha Badminton Club on the 16th, 17th& 18th August for a start of season coaching weekend with Trevor Woods was a tremendous success. 23 Munster/Connacht players (10 from Ennis) along with over 27 players from Alpha B.C. were treated to a top class Programme that started at 7pm on the Friday and finished at 1pm on the Sunday. It included :

Friday Evening: Coaching 7.00pm – 10.00pm: Warm –up, Movement / Footwork, Routines, Technical work and Tactical work. Supper for the players.
Saturday: Coaching 10.00am - 11.30am. 11.30am – 1.00pm Circuit Training – Matt Gleave. Lunch for the players. Match Play 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Lisburn Swimming Leisureplex Pool – 4.00pm - 5.30pm.
Lisburn Racquets Club 6.30pm - 10.30pm – Bar-B-Que and Disco.
Sunday: Play 10.00am – 1.00pm
Match Play / Alpha / Munster / Connacht Mixed Players Tournament.

The Coaches (who all gave their time voluntarily) were Trevor Woods, Tony Stephenson, Stuart Lightbody, Tony Murphy, Sinead Chambers , Ciaran Chambers, Gavin McCawley and Alannah Stephenson. All of these players / coaches were on the Team from Alpha that represented Ireland in The European Club Championships in France this year. Matt Gleave (Commonwealth Games Badminton Player – Fitness Instructor) did the circuit training.

Along with the 23 players from Munster/Connacht were another 30 parents and family who were enthralled by the warm hospitality, the top class organisation and the superb facilities. Trevor and his coaches were outstanding, providing the players the opportunity to be coached by and play with some of the biggest names in Irish badminton. The coaches also offered an insight into their own training schedules by going through demonstration routines and playing exhibition matches during the weekend.

After the event Trevor complemented all 50 players on giving 100% commitment to the training. They all had a well-deserved visit on Saturday to the Lisburn Swimming Leisureplex with huge slides and top-class pools providing endless entertainment. This was followed by an excellent BBQ and Disco. The parents were able to cross the road from Alpha B.C., go down Wallace Avenue, and into the centre of Lisburn to shop on the pedestrian Bow Street and in the large Bow Street Mall Shopping Centre (60 Stores).

We would like to thank Trevor Woods, all of the coaches and players, Suzy Armstrong and the Parent’s Committee, Club Chairman Brian Chambers and everyone else involved for their kind invitation and the fantastic programme they provided. We would also like to thank Lisburn City Council for sponsoring the event and congratulate Lisburn on being the European City of Sport for 2013.