February

Festivals galore in Tayside and Fife

Last week was all about badminton festivals in Tayside & Fife.

First up was the Angus Parasport Festival which took place in Carnoustie High School.

The festival was organised by Laura Smith OBE, the Angus Alive Development Officer (Disabilities).

Badminton was one of four sports on offer and 24 children with physical & sensory disabilities enjoyed learning new skills under the watchful eye of the T&F Badminton RDO, Jane Russell.

The pathway for the children to continue with badminton will be through the Special Olympics Club run by Laura and Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Group.

Next up was the Big Hit Badminton Festival at St Andrews RC High School, Kirkcaldy.

Sports leaders from St Andrews RC High had completed the BADMINTONscotland YSLA prior to the festival.

They delivered badminton activities on 4 courts for 57 primary children from St Marie’s RC school in Kirkcaldy.

The badminton RDO spoke to teachers from St Marie’s about the activities and handed over a CPD booklet to enable the teachers to start badminton at the school.

The event was a great success and the children were encouraged to attend Kirkcaldy Junior Badminton Club which plays in the Windmill Campus near the school.

On Friday Active Schools in Perth & Kinross organised a Pan Disability Festival for children in the area at Crieff High School.

Badminton took centre stage at the festival, and using adapted equipment all the children were able to participate in badminton activities.

Thanks must go to senior pupils at Crieff High who helped Jane Russell deliver badminton at the festival.