This #VolunteersWeek we are celebrating the thousands of committed volunteers who give up their precious time to help our sport happen, both at grassroots and elite level.
It is a simple fact. Without these amazing volunteers, badminton would not be able to happen on the scale that it currently does.
As well as the annual volunteer awards we present, Badminton England also provided a development opportunity for Premier Clubs to nominate young people to be part of our Young Leader Academy.
Designed to compliment the work we are doing with 12–16-year olds, the academy looked at how we utilise Young Leaders to support the transition from school to club.
The two-day Leadership Academy, held in October, supported the growth of clubs as well as their link with local schools.
Through a series of activities, the participants were able to enhance skills in areas ranging from communication and leadership through to reflection and organisation.
We then further invested in the development of these young leaders by providing a follow-up camp that enabled the young people to reflect on what they had learnt previously and how they had put this in to practice.
We then focussed on their development as coaches and the skills needed to become a great coach. 16 of the young leaders are now working towards their Level 1 qualification.
Imogen Eagles, winner of our Yonex Young Volunteer of the Year award, attended the academy, and aged only 14, is doing amazing things in the badminton world.
Having only played for three years, she already represents her county, club and school!
A junior coach with her club, Imogen has further grown her confidence and is now taking on several officiating roles.
Interested in getting involved? Take a look at our volunteer toolkit on our interactive resource hub which can support you as you start your journey.