Cardiff Met Teams up with Badminton Wales to Improve Community Involvement and Student Opportunities

​11/05/2017

The University has partnered with Badminton Wales to offer exciting opportunities to junior players and students via the newly established Badminton Academy.  

The partnership will create a university-based performance training centre, which will serve as a catalyst for developing the junior game Wales-wide and provide pathways for future international players.

Archers' Arena, the newly opened sports hall at Cyncoed Campus, is the home of the Badminton Academy, where players and members of the local community can also benefit from the University's other top level training facilities.

The partnership will identify, encourage and develop young players from seven years old onwards to reach their full potential within the sport in a fun learning environment.

Players will have the opportunity to move through a clear pathway within the academy to receive a higher level of training to enhance their development. 

For experienced players, the partnership aims to increase performance standards at the university while offering high quality coaching and tailored Strength and Conditioning programmes.

In consultation with Badminton Wales, Cardiff Met Sport will also recruit, employ, train and manage student coaches delivering the Badminton Academy programme.

Badminton Level 1 Coach Education courses will be available to current students as well as  as stand-alone courses.

Badminton Wales Performance Manager & National Coach, Matthew Hughes said: "It's a terrific opportunity for both Badminton Wales and Cardiff Met to be launching a joint venture which will play a significant role in providing quality structured badminton to the community and long term development for our future international badminton players."

Director of Cardiff Met Sport, Chris Jennings said: "The newly established partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Badminton Wales provides both organisations with exciting opportunities to develop the game at all levels."