Friday, June 12, 2015

Kilcullen to be feeder cell for high performance badminton

KCELL will launch in August in Kilcullen Community Centre as part of the high performance feeder programme that Badminton Ireland have put in place in the past year, writes Mark Phelan.

KCELL will be geared towards children between the ages of 7-17 and will not only cater for those children showing potential as top level badminton athletes but also the child who loves the sport of badminton and just wants more top level coaching.

The ultimate aim of KCELL is to feed potential high achieving athletes to the Badminton Ireland international high performance centre in Marino, Dublin as well as increasing the skill level of players who just have a hunger for the sport and are keen to have extra coaching.

KCELL will operate on a Sunday between 10am and midday with Irish international Joshua Magee as lead coach assisted by other BWF (Badminton World Federation) accredited coaches and local coaches. The cell will have a cap of 16 players per session so places are limited and the cell will work as an 'extra over' to the existing club structure to give players extra coaching on top of what they might already get at their club.

Kilcullen and the surrounding counties have a rich depth in badminton talent with many young players showing great potential and Badminton Ireland recognise that fact. KCELL will join the cells in Ennis and Blanchardstown as the early adopters of the new feeder cell initiative and we hope to build the cell from one session per week to three by the end of 2016.

The cost of the cell will be €20 per session and the month of August will operate as a pay as you go term so players can come as see is KCELL for them. From September KCELL will start its first official term and will run alongside the school term so term 1 will be up to Christmas 2015.

KCELL will hold an informal information meeting for parents and all interested on Tuesday 16th June in the downstairs meeting room of Kilcullen Sports Complex and all are welcome to attend.

Joshua Magee: The Magee name is synonymous with badminton in Ireland. Sam and Chloe Magee are already Ireland's top mixed doubles pair and are well on their way to qualify for the Rio Olympics and Joshua is also now a firm fixture in the senior Irish international team and he played a significant part in both men's singles and men's doubles earlier this year when Ireland, for the first time in history, reached the top 8 in Europe at the European Championships. Joshua will also travel to Baku next week for the European Games where he will play men's doubles alongside brother Sam and are in with a good chance of winning a medal at the inaugural European Games.