The England Junior Programme (EJP) consists of five progressive groups; Discover, Engage, Progress, Excel and England Performance Programme (also known as Perform) with Discover, Engage, Progress and Excel making up the England Junior Pathway (EJP).
Progress through the EJP is determined by results at a number of identified competitions, commitment by the player to their badminton development and progress against agreed goals (e.g. physical improvement, tactical awareness etc)
Players invited onto the EJP will receive an individualised programme of support which will be discussed and agreed with a Pathway Coach which will then be monitored throughout the year.
An individualised player programme will take into account the stage of development of a player and the group they are placed in. As a guide some or all of the following opportunities will be available to a player within the EJP:
- Training Opportunities
- International Competition opportunities
- Access to Sports Science Sports Medicine (eg Strength & Conditioning)
*NEW* JUNIOR PATHWAY TRIALS – JUNE / JULY 2021
Badminton England is pleased to announce it will be running Pathway trials in June and July 2021. Due to Covid-19 and the lack of domestic competition and international competition over the last year, the trials will allow a different approach to previous years and they will be an important process in reviewing existing Pathway players and also provide an opportunity for new players to be considered for the Pathway.
Trials will be on an invitation only basis and will be open to all existing Pathway players and those players ranked top 5 in their own year group for singles (at all Pathway levels), those top 3 doubles players in their own year group (only Engage and Progress level for players aged 14 and above) and a small number of identified players nominated by our England Training Centres (ETCs). Additionally, those U13 players who met criteria for Discover in the May 2020 review will be invited. The Pathway Team will also consider results and performances from the Junior Gold Events held prior to trials (in Gold Doubles and Gold Star Singles Events). N.B Pathway Coaches will be in attendance at these Gold Tournaments and therefore may nominate additional player/s to the trials following these competitions.
The trials will include organised match-play, physical testing and player assessments (incorporating physical/tactical/technical/mental/character and performance behaviour areas). Players will be considered for the Pathway based on both performances and evaluation at the trials (via a group of experienced Performance Coaches) and also results from any Junior Gold Doubles or Gold Star Singles domestic events held prior to the trials.
Invited players will be expected to attend both sets of trial dates for their age/relevant level of the Pathway.
Sat 19th and Sun 20th June: Progress and Engage Trials (Part 1)
Saturday 26th June: Discover Trials (Day 1) – Discover level is for players up to 13 years old
Saturday 3rd July: Progress and Engage Trials (Part 2)
Sunday 4th July: Discover Trials (Day 2)
Week commencing Monday 5th July (TBC): Pathway Player Reviews
Further details will be sent to those players to be invited in due course.
The England Junior Pathway (EJP) criteria is currently being updated to ensure alignment to updated England Senior and World Class Programme criteria.
The England Junior Pathway (EJP) criteria is reviewed each year for the purposes of ensuring they remain relevant and continue to align to our Vision and Purpose:
VISION | Win World, Olympic and Paralympic medals
PURPOSE | To consistently produce athletes who have a winning mentality with the technical and physical capabilities to become world class.
The England Performance Pathway, which includes the EJP, is a seamless integrated structure from initial identification through to competing for medals at the highest world level. Each of the 5 stages of the Pathway provide opportunities for players who meet criterion to train, compete and access the world class expertise based at the National Badminton Centre.