Motherwell kids enjoy badminton experience

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PUPILS from Knowetop Primary joined thousands of other children from schools across Scotland at Glasgow’s new Emirates Arena last week to take part in BADMINTONscotland’s annual Scottish International Play Badminton carnivals.

Those attending the event participated in two-hour long sessions, taking part in a range of activities and receiving coaching in the basics of the game from expert BADMINTONscotland coaches and sports students from local colleges.

The children were also given the opportunity to indulge in a bit of fun when they challenged their coaches to a game of badminton as well as taking part in a fitness challenge, competing for the fastest times for the opportunity to win badminton rackets donated by Yonex, as well as various other prizes.

And the children were in for a special treat as Olympian Imogen Bankier, who represented Team GB at London 2012 in the summer, stopped in to lend a helping hand, giving the children the benefit of her experience and some top badminton tips.

The carnivals took place at the same time as the Scottish International Championships where almost 300 players from 32 nations were in action including Bothwell’s Kirsty Gilmour.

Scotland failed to produce a finalist but Kirsty shared the Robert McCoig Quaich with Edinburgh’s Jillie Cooper after the duo reached the semi-finals of the women’s doubles.

Kirsty, who won the award last year, also reached the last eight of the women’s singles while Jillie reached the last eight of the mixed doubles with Robert Blair.