Banteer Badminton named Club of Year
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.