From Estonia and Ukraine to just down the road in Glasgow, badminton fans from far and wide descended on Scotland to volunteer their time in 2017 – and here at Badminton Scotland we want to say a great big thank you.
In a year in which the TOTAL BWF World Championships and the Scottish Open Grand Prix came to the Emirates Arena, more than 600 volunteers lent a helping hand, whether that was in athlete services, transportation, spectator services or media relations.
Each and every role was imperative in ensuring both tournaments were resounding successes – both on and off the courts.
At the year end, Badminton Scotland now has more than 900 registered volunteers – from the youngest at 13 to the eldest at 88 – with 156 of those volunteering at both the World Championships and the Scottish Open.
At the World Championships in August, the volunteer team gave more than 25,000 hours of their time and were widely praised by both the BWF and players alike.
Volunteers also enjoyed a wide range of activities – including a guided day trip to Edinburgh and a boat trip on Loch Lomond – when off duty, and with 2018 just around the corner, there’s no better time to doff our caps in recognition of you all.
“The phenomenal success of the TOTAL BWF World Championships and the Scottish Open Grand Prix would absolutely not have been possible without our wonderful army of volunteers,” said Anne Smillie, chief executive of Badminton Scotland.
“2017 was a fantastic year for badminton in Scotland and one we will remember for many years to come.
“It was down to our army of volunteers that the World Championships was shortlisted for Event of the Year at the recent Scottish Sports Awards and on behalf of everyone at BADMINTONscotland, I’d like to thank each and every volunteer for their help in creating those memories we all treasure from Glasgow 2017, and let’s hope for many more in 2018.”
BADMINTONscotland President Ian Campbell added "I would also like to thank to all our volunteers who give so freely of their time again and again in what has been a truly memorable year. The sport of badminton is indeed indebted to you all".
But it’s not just major events that rely on volunteers, as Miss Smillie explained. “Badminton, and indeed all sports in Scotland, could not function properly without the expertise and enthusiasm of volunteers.
“From coaches and club officials to local tournament organisers and technical officials, there are so many people who give of their time freely to organise opportunities for people to get involved in badminton throughout the year and they are invaluable to the success of our sport.
“I’d like to wish everyone involved in badminton a huge thank you and best wishes for the holiday season.”
For further information on how to get involved in badminton go to www.badmintonscotland.org.uk/get-involved