Thursday 28 January 2016
BADMINTONscotland are celebrating again today after the Badminton World Federation invited them to stage the 2017 World Coaches Conference.
It is the third time in just over a year that the BWF has honoured BADMINTONscotland.
In November 2014 the world governing body awarded the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 to Glasgow and as recently as November the BWF President, Poul-Erik Hoyer honoured BADMINTONscotland Patron HRH The Earl of Wessex for his 25 years of dedicated support by presenting His Royal Highness with the BWF President’s Medal on finals day at the Scottish Open Grand Prix.
Today BADMINTONscotland completes a special hat-trick with the announcement that they will host the two-day World Coaches Conference during the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 being held in Glasgow from 21-27 August. The Coaching Conference will be hosted at Scotstoun’s National Badminton Academy while the World Championships will be staged at the Emirates Arena.
BWF Chair of Development and Sport for All, David Cabello, said the world-governing body “looks forward to hosting this conference, in partnership with BADMINTONscotland which has a long history of staging world-class events.
“I am sure the World Coaching Conference in Glasgow will be the biggest and most comprehensive to date. Our aim is to provide world-class speakers who will educate and inspire our badminton coaches who play an instrumental role in developing athletes
“It is vital BWF provide these opportunities for coaches to access world-class education and professional development.”
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “This is a genuine honour and once again reflects the confidence BWF have in us. We have a great track record of staging major world events and we are determined to make the Conference just as successful as the many major tournaments we have organised.
“It is a chance for coaches from all over the world to come to Glasgow and learn from experts in the field of coaching, development and sports science and we are particularly keen for as many of our own coaches to benefit from the Conference. Their future development will be part of the legacy we can build on from World Championships week.
“Our aim is to make it the best Conference yet and we will be looking for some high-calibre keynote speakers from the world of sport, not just badminton, to pass on their knowledge.”
At the 2014 World Championships in Copenhagen Indonesia’s former Olympic and World doubles champion Rexy Mainaky, Denmark’s former world mixed doubles champion Thomas Laybourn and Britain’s renowned athletics coach and mentor Frank Dick OBE were keynote speakers along with staff from the University of Saarbrucken’s Sports Science department, who have done research into badminton.
Most recently, at the Dubai Superseries Finals in December, five-time European champion Peter Gade, two-time European gold medallist Xu Huaiwen and former Denmark national coach Kenneth Larsen were the speakers.