A QUARTET of young Scottish badminton stars have completed a fantastic week of intensive training at the BEC Summer School in Podcetrtek in Slovenia.
Scottish age-group internationals Joshua Apilga, Adam Pringle, Rachel Andrew and Rachel Cameron were all subsidised by Badminton Scotland to attend the camp as part of their pathway to the elite level.
The residential summer school aims to give young players a chance to meet competitors from other countries as well as hard work and learning on the badminton court for the best players from across Europe.
The 41 international players trained every morning for the first five days with additional sessions and matches after lunch on Sunday and Tuesday.
But it wasn’t all hard work, as the school provided social opportunities for the four budding Scottish stars which included a visit to an aqua park, a football match and an end of week party.
“We were really pleased to be able to support our players to attend the summer school this year,” said Badminton Scotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie.
“The opportunities for additional coaching as well as the social aspects, are really beneficial to our players.”
The first European Coaching School was held in 1982 in Austria and has continued to move around Europe ever since with England hosting the school once in 1983.
As well as great learning and coaching for the players, the BEC Summer School also includes a coach education section to help raise standards across the 52 member associations.
Rachel Andrew said ‘I really enjoyed the camp and would recommend the experience to any other players considering attending in 2018’