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Welcome to the Richard Vaughan Badminton Academy (RVBA) supported by Memory Lane Cakes, a non profit Cardiff Junior Badminton Club with the best badminton coaching.

The Richard Vaughan Badminton Academywas founded by Double Olympian and former World No7 Richard Vaughan from Wales. RVBA badminton coaching team include Chinese National badminton player Zhu Min, former World No32 badminton player Piret Vaughan, and Welsh International badminton players Liam Ingram and Rachel Thomas. Top Cardiff Sports Physio Clinic provides physio support for the badminton players.

Badminton Coaches from the RVBA have worked at every level from junior badminton development, to the Elite badminton level at the Olympic Games.

The RVBA also acts as the Mid Glamorgan Junior Badminton High Performance Centre, creating a joined up pathway to the full Mid Glamorgan Senior Badminton County team who currently play in the English County Badminton League division one.

For the best badminton coaching or advice for your badminton club, contact the Richard Vaughan Badminton Academy!

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Gatchina a lucky venue for Lång?

It is the 8th year in a row, the Russian city of Gatchina in the Leningrad region welcomes international top players to their European circuit tournament “White Nights 2014”. The tournament is an International Challenge event and offers a total prize money of 15.000 US Dollars. 150 participants from 15 countries will take part in the event and the local spectators are looking forward to seeing their favorite players on court again.

Ville Lång is top seed in the men’s singles event. The Finnish number one is expected to face German Dieter Domke in the finals. The best contenders to stop Lång and Domke on their way to the final are Estonia’s Raul Must, Kasper Lehikoinen of Finland and Thomas Rouxell of France.

An all-Bulgarian affair in the women’s singles?

Bulgaria sent a strong delegation of women’s singles shuttlers to the city which is only 40 kilometers south of St. Petersburg. Stefani Stoeva, currently no 44 in the world, grabbed the top seeding spot while her fellow country woman and second seed Petya Nedelcheva is expected to meet her in Sunday’s final. Their best contenders are local favourite Olga Golovanova, winner of last year’s Hungarian International, and the youngsters Delphine Lansac (France) and Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit.

On Thursday the traditional opening ceremony for the players will be held. This includes a speech of the vice governor of Leningrad region and a show of the local circus.

On Saturday, after the semi-finals, there will be a party program in the city mall with a show programme and welcome lunch from the Governor of Leningrad region. Followed by the “Night of the music” playing classical music of Chaykovsky and Rakhmaninov at the lake of Gatchina kings park.

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Strong European support for scoring test

The BWF has announced which sanctioned events will test out the experimental scoring system - 5 games to 11 without setting. The testing period is from 1 August to 2 November and will involve BWF sanctioned events - including some junior sanctioned international tournaments. Many European tournaments are included in the test periode for example the Yonex Dutch Open, the Yonex Belgian International and the Swiss International. You can find the full list of European events played under the new scoring test system below.
After some initial testing - and consultation with players, the Athletes’ Commission and Member Associations in April / May 2014, the BWF Council agreed at its meeting in Delhi on Friday 18 May, to introduce a period of testing of a new experimental scoring system, best of 5 games to 11 without setting.

Sanctioned events in Europe using experimental scoring system:

18-21 August Bulgaria EURASIA Open (International Series)
21-24 August Slovak Open (Future Series)
04-07 September Kharkov International (International Challenge)
10-13 September Yonex Belgian International (International Challenge)
18-21 September Polish International (International Series)
25-28 September Czech International (International Challenge)
07-12 October Yonex Dutch Open (Grand Prix)
16-19 October Swiss International (International Challenge)
22-25 October Hatzor International (International Series)
30-02 November Yonex Hungarian International (International Series)

15-17 August Bulgarian Junior International
27-30 August Ukraine Junior International
05-07 September Carlton Irish U19 Open
12-14 September Yonex Lithuanian Junior
19-21 September Yonex Belgian Junior
25-28 September Swiss Junior Open
03-05 October Croatian Junior International
09-12 October Danish Junior Cup
17-19 October Slovenia Junior International
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France announced #EC2016 host city

Today, the French Badminton Federation (FFBaD) announced La Roche-sur-Yon as the host city of the 2016 European Badminton Championships. This announcement was the culmination of an internal process in France, to ensure that the city that is elected is capable of hosting the European Championships.

The 2016 European Championships will take place from 27 April to 1 May 2016 in La Roche-sur-Yon. The arena hosting the competition is the Vendespace (4200 seats).  La Roche-sur-Yon is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France. It is the capital of the department and has 55.000 inhabitants.

"France is a reliable, professional and very experienced organizer of international top badminton events. I am convinced that the French Badminton Federation (FFBaD) will provide perfect conditions for our top players. The Vendespace in La Roche-sur-Yon will be the perfect venue to host the 2016 European Championships. The 2016 European Championships, who is Badminton Europe’s biggest and most prestigious event, will take place for the 25th time. I cannot think of any finer destination to celebrate this anniversary than La Roche-sur-Yon in western France, said Badminton Europe President, Gregory Verpoorten.

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Badminton Europe Magazine

The latest edition of the Badminton Europe online magazine (issue 15) has been published.

The November issue includes:

Tine Baun’s big farewell (Portrait)

The Adcocks target Olympic Gold

Interview Andrey Antropov

Portrait of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen

Preview 2014 European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships

2013 BEC Summer School

Badminton and social media (Report)

European Youngsters are ready for the challenge (Report)

And many more …

You can access the magazine here:

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Badminton Wales Level 1 Advanced Coaching Award

Badminton Wales is set to deliver a new stand-alone coaching award early in 2014.

Called the Badminton Wales Level 1 Advanced award, the new qualification will allow coaches to carry out stand-alone coaching within specified areas of activity within Wales.

The award takes two days, the first of which involves delivery by a tutor of three instructive CPD modules. These modules develop further key areas of UKCC Level 1 and provide coaches with essential knowledge which will better enable them to provide quality learning experiences to players. Day 2 consists of an assessment where candidates will be expected to demonstrate that they have achieved learning and are able to deliver sessions at BW Advanced Award level.

The three CPD modules consist of

Footwork and movement skills
Feeding skills
Progressing technical practices

Candidates will have to be existing UKCC level 1 holders and will still need a UKCC level 2 qualification to be able to coach independently outwith Wales.

Dates and details of the new award will be on the website early in 2014.
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