Badminton Scotland have been working in partnership with Richard McShane from the Phoenix Project in Easterhouse, Glasgow Life and Scottish Squash, to organise a racket sports Festival, delivered on Monday 19th June.
Richard McShane, founder and director of Easterhouse Phoenix Development, transformed a disused library into a modern, hi-tech centre - complete with Easterhouse's first squash courts. Getting the centre kitted out was a community effort, with eight volunteers involved in the Phoenix charity, plus students from the City of Glasgow college doing the floors and donating floor tiles. No public money was used in the refit, with the charity reliant on donations and the help of a Channel 5 show Operation Homefront.
Richard’s vision is to develop a host of sports clubs to be offered to the people of Easterhouse at the Phoenix Centre and this festival was the start of creating a buzz and enthusiasm for badminton, squash and table tennis.
The World Championships coordinators delivered badminton sessions to over 90 pupils from St Benedicts Primary School. Badminton Scotland donated posts and equipment and will work in partnership with Glasgow Life and the Phoenix Project to set up a club at the Phoenix Centre for the children of Easterhouse.