Portlaoise badminton club

Portlaoise Badminton Club

Portlaoise Badminton Club has been running for 5 years and is currently based in Vicarstown, Co. Laois (beside Annanough GAA Club). We have 4 courts and approximately 50 members spread across all grades. We play there every Monday and Thursday from 8pm until late. The club caters for players of all levels and beginners are always welcome.

We enter teams in the South West Leinster Leagues and Cups and we have enjoyed great success in the past number of years including winning the South West Cup for Club of the Year in 2017-18. Membership for the season is €70, including all affiliation fees, shuttles for the season and facilities. Coaching is provided from within the club.

We also have a juvenile club for kids aged 7 to 16 years which takes place in St Mary’s Hall in Portlaoise on Saturday mornings from 10 until 11 o’clock. We currently have 23 members within the Juvenile club and it has been up and running for the past 3 years.

Off the court we run a number of social events throughout the year for our members. If you would like to play, give Niall Davis a call on 086 1598737 or send us a message on Facebook. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to get all the latest PBC updates.

Thinking about starting or returning to badminton? Check out the Benefits of Badminton.

The Benefits of Badminton

Did you know badminton is considered one of the world’s most popular sports? According to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website, there are currently over 200 MILLION registered players worldwide. Badminton is also the world’s fastest racquet sport, with the shuttlecock reaching speeds of up to 300km when smashed across the net by elite players.

Why Badminton?

In the words of the Badminton World Federation; “Badminton is a sport for all – a sport enjoyed by millions of children, youth, adults and seniors and elderly participants globally. It is a sport that combines eye hand coordination, power, strength, speed and decision making skills. It’s a low impact and non-contact sport which played by boys and girls, men and women – singles, doubles and mixed doubles.”

It is also a social sport which promotes fitness as well as general well-being and self-confidence as highlighted in a recent Badminton England article.


Badminton is an aerobic sport which gives you a complete body workout – you can burn as much as 100-200 calories in a 30 minute session.

The more you move, the more flexible you become. Badminton involves a lot of lunging movements, which engages the quads and hamstring muscles of the thigh as well as the glutes. The adductors and abductors, located on the inside and outside of your thighs, respectively, are also heavily involved, especially when you lunge in multiple directions. Badminton also involves lots of twisting and reaching movements, which place a significant demand on your core muscles—your abs, waist and lower back. Hitting the shuttlecock uses the muscles of the chest, back and shoulder. [Live Strong – Strength Training for Badminton]

In terms of athleticism, the fast-paced nature of the game increases your speed and improves your reflexes. Intelligence is also a factor since players must know how to deceive their opponents in every shot. [Health Fitness Revolution – Top 10 Health Benefits of Badminton]

General Well-Being & Self-Confidence

Because badminton promotes physical fitness, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise increases endorphins, which are the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, and has also been found to improve mood and sleep.

You’ll need at least one opponent, but you can also play with a teammate and two other opponents. Joining your local badminton club is a great way to meet new people and give you a regular social outlet. For most clubs that isn’t limited to club nights and includes regular social outings and meet-ups!

In the case of the Badminton England article above, the subject’s confidence grew so much since attending the weekly sessions, that he has since secured himself part-time employment and even offers his spare time as a volunteer.

If you go on to play in competitions, you will gain a whole new network of friends (& competitors!) who you meet and play on a regular basis.


It is an all-inclusive sport, meaning that people of all levels of physical ability can play badminton. Para-Badminton provides players of different disabilities and backgrounds an opportunity to interact under a common purpose. It is a growing sport with more and more participants taking up the game either socially or competitively. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) recently announced that Para-Badminton will make it’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

In terms of badminton ability, most clubs have a range of player levels and interests from beginner “social” players to competitive level. If you want to play at a competitive level, these competitions are also “graded” so you are playing against others who are more or less at the same level of ability.

It is also one of the few sports where men and women can play together. This is ideal for those who are looking to play a sport together with their partner or looking for a sport that your kids can play together.

Interested in joining a club near you?

In the 2017/18 season, there were 12,300 players registered with the NGO Badminton Ireland. Find a club near you today!

South West Shuttlefest Report 2018

All roads led to the 2018 South West Shuttlefest on 15th & 16th September 2018. Held in Co. Kildare in a village called Kilcullen, players came from all over the island of Ireland from Donegal, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Dublin to name a few. The schedule for the weekend was full, with events in Men’s, Ladies and Mixed across 6 grades, it was showcase like no other. Preparation for the event began on Friday evening with an army of volunteers. Thanks to the continued support of Yonex Ireland, we changed a country community hall into a Yonex Badminton Arena. With all competitors pre-entered and a total of 170 players we knew we would make the feathers fly.

With a large of number players due to descend in Co. Kildare on Saturday for Grades 4, 5 & 6 – we were ready to go. We began Saturday morning with Ladies from Grade 4 – 6. With many entries in mixed, we knew we would have to organise games like clockwork. The Mixed event in particular proved to be very competitive and we finished the evening off with the Grade 4 Men’s Doubles final the last game on court.

Moving on to Sunday 16th, we had Grades 1, 2 & 3. Unfortunately, this year the limited number of entries in Grade 3 Ladies meant this event didn’t run. However, the Grade 1 and 2 Ladies performed a spectacle of badminton. The Ladies were quickly followed by the mixed with an outstanding number of partnerships in the event there was a tremendous display of badminton it was sure to get your competitive juices flowing. Finishing the evening off with the Men’s and another fantastic display of skill and strength.

It is true what they say, “talk with your racket, play with your heart” and it was clearly portrayed throughout the weekend of the South West Shuttlefest.

The South West Leinster Badminton Committee would like to thank all the clubs, players, volunteers and the Yonex team for making this the most enjoyable two-day tournament in the South West Leinster Badminton Calendar for yet another year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Chelsey Cox McDonald

Shuttlefest Organiser



Men’s & Ladies 2018 Entries Now Open!

Pictured above: Men’s & Ladies Leagues Winners & Runners-Up 2017-2018

Following the Shuttlefest, we have our Men’s & Ladies Leagues which are now open for entries. Please click here to download the Men’s and Ladies Leagues team entry form. Closing date for entries is Friday 21st September 2018 by 6pm.

As agreed at this years AGM, a fixtures meeting will be held to organise matches for the coming season. The Men’s & Ladies Leagues Fixtures Meeting will take place on Monday 24th September in Athy RFC at 7.30pm.

As fixtures meetings are new to South West, please click here learn more about the Role of Match Secretary which outlines the duties to be carried out by the match secretary at the fixtures meeting and thereafter.

To find all relevant documents for the coming season which can be downloaded including the calendar of events for the season and dates of the preliminary rounds for the championships, click here.

Sinead Kelly, S.W.L.B.L. Secretary/Treasurer

Want to become an SWLBL umpire?

Historically, finals of Leagues & Cups would be reffed by willing volunteers there on the night while Championships finals would be umpired by Badminton Ireland Court Officials who kindly gave their time to travel to South West.

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the South West Leinster Badminton League, it was proposed that a group of SWLBL umpires be put together. It was felt by League organisers that having SWLBL umpires would not only make their own lives a little easier, but also give an air of professionalism & occasion to finals of Leagues & Cups.

Since 2015, the initiative has gone from strength to strength with approx. 15 SWLBL umpires now in regular rotation. SWLBL umpires learn through a mixture of theory and practice. Many who are players have commented on how learning the rules of the game has contributed to their game & knowledge of rights & wrongs on the court.

If you think you would be interested in participating and your club is part of SWLBL – email swlbl1947@gmail.com to find out more. We have had a number of people participate in the initiative and find it was not for them so there is no obligation to continue if you find it is not for you!

“The highlight of the initiative for me was having the SWLBL umpires ref. at the Championships Finals which were held in Whitehall Rd. to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the League in early 2017.” 

Lesley Cobbe, SWLBL President 2017 & 2018

Shuttlefest 2018 Entries Now Open!

Entries are now open for the Shuttlefest on 15th & 16th September 2018 in Kilcullen Community Centre, Co. Kildare.

The Shuttlefest is a “kick-start” tournament held by SWLBL in Kilcullen in early September each season. All are graded competitions from Grade 1 to Grade 6 with ladies, mens & mixed doubles competitions in each grade. All events are played as a round robin up to Semi-Final or Final stage depending on number of entries.

Thanks to Yonex Ireland, each year we have genuine Yonex mats & court gear to make the venue extra special. Rackets Central set up shop for the weekend selling apparel & rackets as well as offering an on-site stringing service.

Entry fees are €15 for one event or €25 for two events and entry is open to all BI affiliated players. Last year we had a total entry of 182 players over 18 events from Grades 1-6.

Closing date for entries is 10th September 2018 and early entry is essential as the number of entries per event is capped.

Click here to enter online. For any queries, email southwestshuttlefest@gmail.com.


Welcome to the 2018-2019 Season!

Now that the weather has broken, it’s time to start thinking about dusting off those badminton rackets and getting ready for the season ahead.

Our first competition of the 2018/2019 Season is the South West September Shuttlefest which will be held in Kilcullen Community Centre on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September. It is now in its 4th year running and each year it just gets better and better. As usual, Yonex Ireland will be there on both days to cater for all your badminton needs. Chelsey Cox (Shuttlefest Organiser) will be in contact shortly with further information on this event.

Following the Shuttlefest, we have our Men’s & Ladies Leagues. The closing date for entries for the Men’s & Ladies Leagues is Friday 21st September. Entry forms will be sent to clubs at the beginning of September. As agreed at the AGM, this year we will be having a fixtures meeting for both Men’s and Ladies Leagues and for the Mixed League. The Men’s & Ladies Leagues Fixtures Meeting will be held in Athy RFC on Monday 24th September at 7.30pm. Please ensure your Match Secretary is aware of this date and  will be present on the night. Further information on the fixtures meeting will be sent to all clubs along with the entry forms at the beginning of September.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our President, Lesley Cobbe who has worked tirelessly over the past few weeks developing our new website which is very user friendly. All important documents for the coming season can be downloaded from here. You can also subscribe to our Newsletter for regular updates relating to South West Badminton.

Click here to access key dates for the upcoming season.

Sinead Kelly, Hon. Secretary/Treasurer


On Saturday 7th April 2018 we rounded off not only what had been a great season but also what had been a great 70 years of badminton in south-west Leinster.

The South West Leinster Badminton League was formed in 1947 to provide competitive badminton across county lines for the first time in the region. From a single mixed league competition with only two grades (Junior & Senior), the League has grown.

Now there are; men’s & ladies leagues, mixed leagues & cups, individual championships (grades 1-7) and a one-day start of the season tournament (grades 1-6). In addition, we try to support juveniles in the region by having an U17 category in the individual championships and running an annual team competition – the Declan Casey Perpetual Trophy.

Finally, we award the Bob Jones Memorial Cup to one club each season that is seen to best represent the values of the league by promoting badminton & contributing to the running of the League.

If you are an individual looking to start badminton, please contact us and we will put you in touch with your nearest SWLBL club. Or, if your club would like to get involved in SWLBL – let us know!