Ban­teer Bad­minton named Club of Year

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - John Tar­rant

Ban­teer Bad­minton continues to en­joy an up­ward swing of for­tunes con­firmed on their selec­tion as Na­tional Club of the Year. Since their found­ing in 1973 with 20 juveniles, Ban­teer have en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess over the past 45 year and hold 100 juveniles on its books.

“As a club, we have cel­e­brated huge suc­cess through the years but with each year we are see­ing more and more ded­i­cated chil­dren.

Each of our play­ers have learned the skill of bad­minton with friends, which in turn has built up a great “fam­ily” and cir­cle of friends in the groups,” said Chair­per­son Pat Buck­ley.

Ban­teer mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in U11/13/15/17 com­pe­ti­tions pro­gress­ing to county, Munster and All-Ire­land lev­els.

The Ban­teer club holds a close con­nec­tion with Kan­turk sec­ondary schools Co­laiste Treasa and Scoil Mhuire with in­di­vid­u­als and teams reach­ing Munster and All Ire­land stages.

Tran­si­tion year has been a great as­set to the club with mem­bers com­plet­ing Gaisce awards and help de­velop their own or­ga­ni­za­tion and train­ing skills.

“Fundrais­ing or or­ga­ni­za­tion is no prob­lem to any of the older mem­bers, from help­ing with bake sales to tour­na­ments in our hall, they come on board with new ideas and fol­low through with en­thu­si­asm to com­plete each task as­signed,” said Pat.

“We en­cour­age the older mem­bers to come in and train the younger play­ers be it for na­tional school teams to club teams pre­par­ing for county com­pe­ti­tions. Each of these chil­dren give 100% when asked of them and I know that some are com­mit­ted to other sports like GAA, rugby or golf but any time we ar­range a ses­sion they all make it pri­or­ity to be there,” she said.

Ban­teer club are avail­ing of mem­bers that com­pleted the shut­tle time course. The ded­i­cated Ciara O’Flynn, Karen O’Donoughue, Han­nah Buck­ley, Adam Cough­lan and Cathal O’Donoughue are in­volved with lo­cal na­tional schools to coach and in­tro­duc­ing the game to chil­dren.

“Our sum­mer camp is a great hit, last year with Ash­ling and Moya Ryan coach­ing and a sur­prise visit from Alexan­der Troy. The 2018 camp op­er­ates in the third week in Au­gust with Ash­ling Ryan and some of the play­ers from Michael Turon’s Acad­emy from the Czech Re­pub­lic are sched­uled to visit and par­take in a dis­play game against an Ir­ish team,” said Pat.

Ban­teer Bad­minton club juveniles at a get to­gether in Ban­teer Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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