Thursday 23 May 2019

Junior badminton club opens up in Rush with the emphasis on fun

John Manning

A badminton club that began life in Balbriggan has expanded to Rush and is now offering junior players a chance to play the game.

Rachael Ní Bairéid is the founder of Axis Senior Badminton club that was established back in 2016 in Castlelands Community Centre, Balbriggan.

Since then Axis Senior Badminton Club has won 'The Badminton Ireland Best New Club Of The Year' that was setup within the past five years in Ireland.

Rachael said: 'It was a great achievement and took a lot of hard work which paid off..

'Now I have decided to set up Axis Junior Badminton Club which launched recently at St Maur's GAA Club in Rush.

'It is the first ever junior Badminton in Rush and I felt is was badly needed in the community.'

Axis Junior Badminton Club is the first club to introduce children from the age of five to experience the sport of badminton.

Rachel said: 'It is also the first club to allow parents to play on a separate court whilst waiting on their child to finish training.

'This is a great opportunity for both parent and child to build new friendships whilst enjoying the sport of badminton.

'The club is based on the Badminton World Federation and Badminton Ireland Shuttletime teachings and we are all about having fun.'

Representatives of Badminton Ireland attended the launch and there were plenty of junior players there to join in the fun.

Rachel is hopeful the new junior club in Rush will be just as successful as the senior club in Balbriggan has been and invites anyone with an interest in the sport to come down to St Maur's on a club night and try it out.

It's a fast-paced and hugely enjoyable sport which is fantastic for fitness and with the systems in place at this junior club, it is guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun for your child as well. For more go to

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