Aspiring young badminton players have the chance to start following in their hero’s footsteps thanks to special Badminton camps held across Aberdeenshire and Moray next month.
Running during the Scottish Easter holidays from April 9-12 – which coincide with the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast – the camps at Portlethen Academy in Aberdeen offer sessions at three levels – fun, development and advanced.
While the likes of Kirsty Gilmour will be flying the flag for Scotland in Australia, beginners can play games and develop their racket skills at the camps back home, as well as trying movement patterns, learning shots and winning prizes.
Running concurrently is the development camp, which consists of specifically structured sessions designed for competitive players who already receive development coaching and are working towards performance level.
The advanced sessions are designed for advanced, junior competitive players who already receive performance coaching, travel to tournaments and are working at or towards national level.
Application forms for the Aberdeenshire courses can be found here - Aberdeenshire Council
Similar camps are running in Moray at Forres House Community Centre in Forres on April 2 and 3.
All coaches are qualified and registered with Badminton Scotland, including Angela Bell, who will lead all the Moray sessions.
Technical development is the main focus of the two days, with game play integrated into the sessions allowing players to put the skills they are learning into practice.
Application forms can be downloaded for the Moray camps here and returned to Angela Bell at the address provided.
Session1 - Junior Group
Session 2 - Intermediate/Performance Group