Disability Sport Fife (DSF) is committed to growing the number of weekly sessions it offers to participants of all levels of ability with a physical, sensory or learning disability. Because of the influence of the late Russell Hogg, badminton became a DSF priority sport. Monday evening sessions at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre have grown in popularity because of the excellent coaching offered by Alex Bird and Euan Bell. Jane Russell from Badminton Scotland has delivered a series of excellent coaching workshops and over 50 players now compete in the annual DSF badminton championships.
Ex junior internationalist and current senior/master internationalist Julie Hogg has agreed to join the DSF coaching team and lead a new weekly session at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre on Tuesday afternoons between 14 30 and 15 30. The session will start on 20th September and interested participants must register through the normal DSF registration process. Registrations forms are available to download on the DSF web site homepage.
Julie brings a wealth of experience to DSF as a high performance coach, top player and team manager. From 2004-2010 Julie was Scotland’s senior team manager for three mixed team Championships, one World Team Championships and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Julie is the current Junior programme manager, lead National Coach for the Edinburgh base and has been Head Coach of the Edinburgh Sports Academy from 2008 till the present. Julie is one of Scotland’s most respected badminton coaches and her record with Scottish Junior players at home and overseas is exceptional.
DSF is privileged to have Julie on board as a coach working with players with additional support needs. The new afternoon Cowdenbeath session will compliment the Monday evening session in Glenrothes and the standard of coaching available in both will be of the highest order.
On Friday 11th November there will be a “Big Hit” Festival organised in conjunction with Badminton Scotland at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure and those who attend the Glenrothes and Cowdenbeath badminton weekly sessions will be able to take part. Disability badminton in Fife will be much stronger with Julie Hogg added to the DSF coaching team.
Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife