Badminton was first set up Straide in the late 70’s early 80’s, It was set up by 8-10 people as a way to get together and they taught themselves the game of Badminton. As time went on the number grew to around 20 consisting of locals and people from outside the community coming along for a game. They started playing in the original hall which is now the Michael Davitt Museum and moving to the new hall when it was built in 1984. They achieved great success in the Mayo League winning all titles from division 4 up to division 1. They were division 1 Connaught champions and played in an All Ireland final. The club ran successfully up until the early 2000’s. Over the years younger members joined and learned the skills of the game from the original members and some of those younger players are still involved today in teaching this generation the skills they learned all those years ago. We also have a few of the original members that still play to this day.
Straide Badminton Club was re-established in the Community Hall in June 2016 our current club committee consists of Joe Canning (club chairman), Stephanie Loughney (secretary), and Geraldine Maloney (treasurer).
We currently have 13 affiliated Badminton Ireland members who meet twice a week to train and enjoy the sport of Badminton. We set up our Kids Badminton Club in November 2016 and currently have 32 members who also come along twice a week to learn the game in a fun & safe environment. Our members alongside our 2 coaches Kate O’Hara and Michael Maloney enjoy passing on their knowledge and love of the sport to our younger generation. Stephanie Loughney who is our club secretary is also a member of the Mayo Badminton team. She is passing on her knowledge and experience to our youth players in the hopes of encouraging them to success.
Straide Badminton Club started playing competitively in the Mayo League in the 2016/2017 season when 4 clubs from the Mayo area competed. We now have 6 clubs in our league as the interest in Badminton continues to grow and the younger generation are coming on with the guidance and commitment of all club coaches. Sponsorship for the coming season was secured with thanks to Mullafarry Quarry, alongside their support we hope to continue our successful seasons. With our hall newly refurbished we now look forward to the 19/20 season with our established members and hope to welcome new members to come along and enjoy this wonderful game. Our youth coaching program will also return for this season and every encouragement is made for our existing members and new members to come along and get involved.