WITH only 12 months to go before Glasgow stages the TOTAL BWF World Championships, BADMINTONscotland is set to launch a series of new junior and adult badminton clubs.
The Community Participation Club (CPC) initiative aims to provide opportunities to play club badminton regardless of age or ability and will form a key part of the World Championships legacy strategy.
The first CPC Initiative is set to get underway in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) and will be based at Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden.
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said, “This is a really exciting time for badminton in Scotland with only a year to go until the World Championships but just as important as the event itself is the legacy it will leave.
“We hope to use the World Championships as a vehicle to inspire as many people as possible across Scotland to join a local badminton club and I’m delighted to be able to launch the first of our Community Participation Clubs at the Allander Leisure Centre.
“East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture have been very receptive to the Community Participation Club initiative and we appreciate the support they have provided in aiming to grow and develop badminton within the community”.
Councillor Anne Jarvis, Chair of EDLC Trust, said, "This is great news and a terrific sporting chance for everyone to pick up a racket and get involved in badminton.
"This will be the first Community Participation Club in East Dunbartonshire - aimed at encouraging people to play badminton regardless of age or ability.
"The Trust works closely with partners such as BADMINTONscotland to provide a wide variety of sporting, leisure and cultural opportunities in East Dunbartonshire."
As part of the legacy programme, BADMINTONscotland is also creating club support material and training in order to provide assistance for all types of clubs and Smillie continued: “Regardless of your age or ability, badminton is a fantastic sport that can be enjoyed by all.
“There won’t be a better opportunity to grow badminton in Scotland and we want to use these Championships to encourage more and more people of all ages to play the sport.
“Being part of a club only heightens the benefits badminton can provide so the more we can do to encourage new clubs to develop, and to support our existing clubs, the better.”
BADMINTONscotland have also been working in partnership with various other local authorities to identify areas where there are currently little or no opportunities for people to play badminton, with the aim of creating new clubs in those areas to encourage and increase participation in the sport.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the club at the Allander Centre should contact John Farr on 0141 578 8437 or e-mail John.Farr@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
For further information on the Community Participation Club initiative in other regions of Scotland contact Euan Murray, BADMINTONscotland Regional Development Officer, on 0141 445 1218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The TOTAL BWF World Championships will take place at the Emirates Arena from August 21-27 next year.