Badminton is a fast fun and exciting sport. The UL badminton club is definitely a club you will want to join. We play socially and competitively twice a week in the Arena. If you are a beginner, we will provide you with a racket and shuttles… and there will always be someone to explain the rules of the game. If you are an experienced player, you will find players with a similar standard of play. SOME ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE: In recent years, the club has had a lot of success in various competitions. This past season 2017/18 the UL Badminton Club competed in several student and public competitions across a variety of levels. The major student competitions entered were the Intervarsities and the International Student Badminton Tournaments ISBTs. Other notable competitions entered included the Munster Individuals, the Graduates, Intercounties and Individual All Irelands as well as several one-day competitions. The UL badminton club was very well represented at the Limerick individuals with players being selected to represent Limerick in Junior Grade F and Grade G levels. The Grade F Limerick team went on to become runners-up at the Munster intercounty being narrowly defeated on Aces. We also had winners in the Limerick Grade G and Grade F Closed competition as well as runners-up in these competitions too. The Munster Individual closed tournament was also a huge success with many UL representatives making finals. In the end, UL was hugely represented and by all accounts dominated the medals on these occasions. Being a University club, we acquire members from all counties of Ireland and abroad. Many of our members competed in their home county and province competitions also bringing back silverware for our club. The All Ireland Individual competitions had a huge UL representation this year in a range of grades, unfortunately, we had no medals to show for ourselves but there were many close calls and a lot of three set semi-finals giving us hope for the next season. The Irish Intervarsities were held in DCU this year. Due to the traveling expenses associated with Dublin, we were only able to send one team to the tournament this year. The team competed well making it out of their group to compete in the very competitive Cup Side of the competition. We put up a good fight, but it wasn’t enough to come out on top. This year we sent off a couple of players to compete at this year’s ISBT in Enschede The Netherlands. Two bronze medals were the results of this trip. Some individuals traveled to compete in the ISBT tournament in Utrecht where we faired much better coming away with one gold and two silvers. Our very own James Flaherty also represented the club abroad in Switzerland this year. UL Badminton are looking to strengthen our International representation in the coming season. In summary, the 2017/2018 season was a great year for UL Badminton and importantly provides a strong base for future Regional, National and International success. Team competitions take place throughout the college year but members are more than welcome to play socially. ISBT: Club members also take part in ISBT competitions (International Student Badminton Tournament) in various European countries. These competitions are open to all players from beginners to advanced. They are a great opportunity for all to test their skill levels against the best in the country and further afield. The ISBT also encourages 1st-year beginners to experience team competition at a college level in a fun and social environment. The first ISBT of the year takes place in Limerick at the end of October. The club is informed regularly about other European ISBT competitions. TRAINING TIMES ARE: Monday ->Court 1 8.15pm – 11.00pm Teams/Advanced ->Court 4 9.15pm – 11.00pm Beginners Wednesday ->Court 1 8.15pm – 11.00pm Teams/Advanced ->Court 4 9.15pm – 11.00pm Beginners If you are interested, please pre-register and come and see us for a friendly chat during the recruitment drive Wednesday 6th September 2017. MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT: https://www.facebook.com/ULBabmintonClub/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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