Badminton Scotland administers several national level training squads in order to provide a framework to support and develop athletes who are deemed to have met certain specified expectations in terms of playing standard and potential.
It is a condition of membership of each of these training squads that all players are affiliated to Badminton Scotland. Players selected for any squad are expected to read and abide by Codes of Conduct which will be issued at the time of selection.
All performance squad players are expected to follow the Badminton Scotland Culture Code. You can view the Code by clicking here.
The National Senior Squad is made up of elite players, who are deemed to have potential to medal on the Commonwealth, European and World stage.
Senior Squad sessions take place in the National Badminton Academy in Scotstoun, Glasgow, unless circumstances dictate otherwise, in which case alternative training arrangements are made. In the majority of circumstances, sessions are held from Monday to Friday each week, with a morning and afternoon session each day.
The content of all sport-specific and generic training sessions/service provision is at the sole discretion of the National Head Coach. In matters of generic support services, these are delivered in collaboration with appropriate personnel from sportscotland Institute of Sport, where deemed appropriate.
Players invited to join the National Senior Squad are not guaranteed to be nominated for selection to the sportscotland Institute of Sport programme. All nominations to this programme are at the discretion of Badminton Scotland’s High Performance Group, which consists of Badminton Scotland’s Chief Executive, Chair of Performance and Head Coach, and sportscotland’s High Performance Manager.
The length of invitation to the squad will be at the sole discretion of the National Head Coach, as will be continued involvement after each agreed invitation/selection period. Additionally, training programmes will be delivered at the discretion of the National Coaching Team.
Squad members follow the competition programme given to them by the National Head Coach, who has discretion on all competition matters, including club matches. However, outwith exceptional circumstances, it is mandatory for National Senior Squad players to enter both the Scottish Open, and Scottish National Championships each year.
There is a finite level of resources available to the National Senior Squad programme and so allocation of these resources to players in the Squad is at the discretion of the High Performance Group.
Download 2021 Senior Selection Standards and Expectations here.
The Senior Development Squad is aimed at preparing players for the transition from Junior to Senior badminton. The squad will develop all necessary components required to meet the demands of training with the senior squad and competing at senior level.
The main factor used for selections will be achieving the appropriate standards/results of the appropriate age group over the previous 12 months. Results achieved with heavily weakened fields will be taken into consideration but do not guarantee selection.
If all available squad places are not filled, the Performance Coaches may select certain athletes based on tournament performances and perceived ability. This will encompass technical, tactics, physical and mental attributes.
Squad places will be for the following year, upon which they again will be reviewed.
Players not committing to the subscribed training regime can be warned or deselected throughout the year.
Players not adhering to Badminton Scotland’s code of conduct can be warned or deselected throughout the year.
Download the 2021 Senior Development Squad Selection Standards and Expectations here.
Badminton Scotland set ourselves ambitious goals and seek to develop a system and athlete pathway that enables us to consistently produce athletes with the ability to challenge for medals at World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth level. We do this through combining best practice and innovation with our own unique strategic approach.
To achieve this, we continue to develop a clear and aligned strategy that aims at maximising an athletes’ potential from an early age. Consistent success for us means offering talented athletes with appropriate support through quality coaching, education and learning to aid their progression throughout the pathway.
Our three main principles to support athlete development are:
We strive to develop a strong pathway, through having an integrated approach where clubs, other identified pathway sessions and BS Regional Training Squads work alongside each other to develop a large base of junior performance athletes. Furthermore, a small number of selected junior performance athletes will be invited to attend Junior National Squad training. These programmes specifically cater for athletes deemed capable of achieving international standards with the potential to achieve the overarching goals of the programme in the future. All contributors will work towards this by aligning with the principles of our What It Takes To Win Model.
To read more about each section, please continue below, where you can find additional resources detailing each segment of our Performance Pathway.
The BS Regional Performance Squads (RPS) are the first step on the BS Junior Performance Pathway. These squads are aimed at athletes who are interested in becoming competitive badminton players, providing them with additional training opportunities alongside their club commitments.
We aim to have these squads within each BS Group area, enabling athletes to have additional training opportunities within their region. These squads are broken into three sections ‘Base’, ‘Develop’ and ‘Advance’, with each stage of the programme catering to the needs of athletes at various ages and stages of development.
These squads mainly run on Monday and Wednesday evenings within each BS Group area however, in some circumstances we may have to book alternative days depending on venue availability and geographical circumstances.
Athletes within these squads must align themselves with the values of the programme, including meeting various commitment and behavioural criteria to be selected and maintain a place within the programme (Performance factors considered when selecting athletes can be found within each squads policies and procedures documentation below).
Base training programme introduces athletes to the Junior Performance Pathway, teaching athletes important values, standards and behaviours that will enable them to develop into better athletes and better people. Base is aimed at athletes aged approximately 8-14 with a particular focus on younger athletes.
This programme will develop the technical skillset of athletes as this is the foundation that they will build their game on in their later years. Alongside this, they will develop their tactical awareness as this will allow the athlete to develop their skills holistically. The mental aspect of the game is a lower priority at this stage of development; however, athletes should learn basic competencies such as learning to learn.
It is an expectation that athletes will undertake 6 hours of on-court training and 1 hour off-court training per week; as well as compete in a minimum of 6 Competitions A or B grade each year.
Trials for the Base programme occur in March and September, with athlete reviews being provided to members in February and August each year.
Further information for the RPS Base Programme , can be found here.
Develop is the next step on the BS Junior Performance Pathway. This programme aims to build on the technical and tactical foundations of the Base programme, providing increased expectations and an introduction to tournament outcome criteria. This programme is suitable for athletes aged 10-16.
The technical skillset of athletes will be developed in two forms. Firstly, some of the more challenging technical skills will be learned such as shots next to the body and shots behind the body. Secondly, athletes will now be challenged to perform skills already learned within more open, pressurised environments, encouraging them to adapt techniques to the most appropriate situations.
Athletes will improve their tactical awareness, through having to make small adjustments and decisions, enabling them to develop key principles of techniques whilst having the adaptability to use skills in the appropriate context. The mental aspect should now be developed through learning how to set goals with the coaches providing support and input.
it is an expectation that athletes will undertake 8 hours of on-court training and 2 hours off-court training per week; as well as compete in a minimum of 6 A grade competitions/Junior National Championships each year.
Trials for the Develop programme occur in March and September, with athlete reviews being provided to members in February and August each year.
Further information for the RPS Develop Programme , can be found here.
The aim of ‘Advance’ is to build on the laid foundation of ‘Base’ and ‘Develop’ by providing disturbances that enable athletes to reflect and develop in more challenging circumstances. As well as developing both the physical and mental aspects with increased importance. This programme is suitable for athletes aged 13-22.
Technical and tactical growth will be prioritised in Advance. This will help athletes recognise common patterns of play which they can draw upon to make informed decisions within rallies. Consistency at this stage also becomes increasingly important in the application of skills as the athletes look to refine their shot quality and accuracy. The speed of play in these later Junior years increases significantly, becoming more important for athletes to improve the physical aspect of their game. The mental demands will add more stress on the athletes. This will lead to some intentionally stressful situations in training, providing opportunities to deal with frustration, negative thoughts and adversity. Lastly, the performance focus should increase with athletes now being expected to focus on tournament results criteria, as well as continuing to develop their game.
it is an expectation that athletes will undertake 10 hours of on-court training and 3 hours off-court training per week; as well as compete in 6 A grade competitions/Junior National Championships each year.
Trials for the Advance programme occur in March and September, with athlete reviews being provided to members in February and August each year.
Further information for the RPS Advance Programme , can be found here.
Our “Junior National Squad” is for RPS and SDS athletes who are amongst the best in Scotland for their respective age group. The programme will offer additional support complimenting the Regional Performance Squad (RPS) that the athlete will remain an integral part of.
This is a National programme which will provide guidance through workshops, additional training and competition exposure, helping athletes understand the demands and expectations of performance badminton.
Additional opportunities within this programme include:
This programme compliments the work that takes place within the RPS and SDS programmes, depending on the developmental stage of the athlete. Athletes who are a part of our Develop RPS will see a large focus on developing their technical skillset and tactical awareness through performing skills already learned within more open, pressurised environments and learning how to use these skills and techniques effectively within practices, having to make small adjustments and decisions, enabling athletes to develop key principles of techniques whilst having the adaptability to use skills in the appropriate context.
Athletes who are members of the RPS Advance or SDS programme, will see a large focus on both technical and tactical growth through creating disturbances which encourage reflection, developing their technical and tactical perspectives. This will help athletes recognise common patterns of play which they can draw upon to make informed decisions within rallies.
It is an expectation that athletes will undertake 10-14 hours of on-court training and 2-3 hours off-court training per week; as well as compete in 8 competitions including A grade competitions, Junior National Championships, English events (ideally Gold/Star) and International events each year.
Trials for the Junior National Squad occur in March and September, with athlete reviews being provided to members in February and August each year.
Further information for the Junior National Squad , can be found here.
Last Updated: 13th October 2023