A Perth badminton club is the first to achieve accreditation from a new scheme launched by Badminton Scotland.
Glenearn Badminton Club has been awarded the Shuttlemark bronze award as part of a programme designed to support clubs in developing and strengthening their infrastructure, planning for the future and in turn, increasing their capacity and growing.
Glenearn president John W. Grant expressed his pride in becoming the first club to achieve the award.
“The award is consistent with our club’s ethos of creating opportunities for players of a wide range of ages and abilities to participating in the great sport of badminton,” he said.
“I am grateful for the work of my committee and the volunteers, and for the invaluable support of Badminton Scotland, especially Jane Russell, our local development officer, in securing the Shuttlemark.
“We are very much up for the challenge of progressing to silver level during 2018.”
Clubs must go through three levels before being awarded the Shuttlemark, a stringent process designed to ensure that the clubs are deserving of the benefits and rewards it brings.
Regional Development Officers (RDOs) offer guidance and support to clubs navigating the three levels, and each one is incentivised by access to tools, templates and good practice case studies.
“When creating Shuttlemark our development team had many discussions on the reasons why we think clubs would wish to engage with the programme,” said Lyndsay Morrison, coaching and development manager of Badminton Scotland.
“We have attempted to keep it simple with three levels and seven requirements in each area.
For each level completed, clubs will receive a host of benefits.
"The process for clubs aims to be as efficient as possible with clubs optionally applying to join the programme, receiving support from our Regional Development Officers and having the ability to access the Shuttlemark Toolkit online.”
It was the development team at Badminton Scotland that drew up the initial proposal, with West of Scotland RDO Euan Murray in particular driving the development of the programme.
The team went about identifying the requirements and benefits of each level and making information packs and other resources available on the new Azolve Go Membership system and the Badminton Scotland website.
Badminton Scotland considers increasing participation and developing the coaches, volunteers and workforces of clubs to be key elements for a successful club, and the Shuttlemark scheme is designed to recognise, support and reward clubs’ dedicated volunteers who are striving to make this happen.
“Our new Shuttlemark accreditation programme will aim to support and recognise the efforts and success of badminton clubs across Scotland,” said Anne Smillie, chief executive of Badminton Scotland.
“Having an accreditation framework in place has been effective in developing clubs in many other sports, and we want to give our badminton clubs the chance to experience similar benefits."
For more information visit the Shuttlemark website