WHAT A YEAR!!
It's true to say the last year's been a exciting one for EBC...From a slow return from 2018 Summer Holidays the club has massively grown in membership from wider areas and is bringing a greater gender balance across our players, which is fantastic! Our Beginner section is thriving with enthusiastic young players keen to participate in Junior League, whilst our Advanced section is growing into a structured group of around 16 developing players. We have now established a core of 4 volunteer coaches, whose roles will develop in the future with David Forbes and have all been supported by the club to gain Badminton Basic courses as an introduction to coaching. Going forward you'll see a new structured approach to our advanced section with closer monitoring of individual development, so watch this space because it's all in the planning.
It's no surprise that the last year has seen growing and consistent Junior League successes and introductions to Scottish School tournaments for many with so many exciting developments in our coaching team. With Jack Stevenson leaving to pursue his career (see gallery), we made some exciting additions to the team (Sarah, Stewart & Davie) with Rebekka Findlay and Adam Hall, (and a brief time with Kaity Hall) which has had an amazing impact on the club overall. Sarah Findlay was appointed Head Coach and continues to inspire the kids to become great players creating sessions within a friendly, welcoming environment. It's fair to say we're incredibly lucky to have all of them as coaches/mentors and no doubt the team will continue to develop and evolve. It's great that everyone gets into the spirit of our fun events too like Halloween and the Shuttle Stars Awards at Christmas (see gallery), with fantastic support from sponsors like Morrisons Erskine, Decathlon & Gannon Sports.
Last year we were selected to become part of Badminton Scotland's Pathway Programme to establish player pathways through coach mentoring alongside clubs like City of Glasgow & Glasgow Chinese Badminton Club. We are extremely fortunate to have incredible former players and tutors as coach mentors in Robert Blair and Lena Robertson from Glasgow School of Sport. Robert's visit is highlighted in the gallery below where he kindly presented some winners with trophies for our monthly Skills Master Challenge, which continues to be a success with the players.
The presence of Erskine Badminton Club members at external events continues to grow with the last year seeing massive increases in Junior League participation, the beginnings of friendly match schedules with other clubs and involvement in regional and national schools events which is a major step forward in increasing the visibility of the club outside of Renfrewshire.
Looking at the gallery its been a busy one, but it's been fun with some new challenges along the way.
So, there you have it...whether you're a player, parent, coach or committee member, you've all done well this year. Let's make the next one even better.....once the Easter eggs are finished!
Look out for our next guest blog feature from Grant, our newest recruit to the volunteer coaching team, as he completes his Badminton Basics Course.
Junior League 17.3.19
Hi I’m Rachel and I’m 15 years old. I’ve been playing for Erskine Badminton Club for over 4 years and in the past year have started volunteering.
The club has taken part in junior leagues for many years. They’re usually held every month on a Sunday and players from all over Glasgow and North Strathclyde take part, no matter their abilities. Each tournament switches between singles and team events which consists of singles and doubles games with other members from our club as pairings. We get split into divisions and will play against similar players from other teams and clubs. Games are played to usually 15 or 21 and is a great opportunity to all players to take part in competition whether they have been playing for years or are new to the sport. Each entry into junior league costs £6. The winner of each division receives a prize which is usually a t-shirt, water bottle or racket grip and then will progress onto the next division for the next tournament.
I started playing junior league 3 or 4 years ago and have built my way up through divisions as I have improved through training and winning tournaments. I love playing junior leagues because I have met lots of players from across the area and also built up relationships with members from Erskine as we play in doubles pairings. It’s always amazing when one of our players wins and I think it really encourages the rest of us to push ourselves for the next time.
Today we had about 16 players from Erskine entered into the singles tournament which was amazing to see such a great turnout, especially from our younger players who had never played junior league before. We had many players placed in different divisions and had 2 Erskine Winners. Well done to David playing division 3 and Lucy playing division 5 who came out on top! This was Lucy’s first junior league and she smashed it.
Thanks to Natasha for giving me the opportunity to create this blog and making sure we were all focused and motivated at today’s tournament . Also well done to my mum, Alison, for learning to use tournament software to track all our scores (it’ll keep you from embarrassing us!!)
It was great having our coaches David and Sarah at junior league today to support us and give us some encouraging feedback to improve our performances for the future. Having them there really motivated us and I think we all tried to work that little bit harder to make them proud.
Hopefully more of our players will be encouraged to now take part as you all work hard and you should be able to show off your talents!
Here’s some pictures of our players in action! Robin and Llewellyn had some very close games in division 3 but David came out on top.