The aim of our Academy is to give promising young badminton players the skills and knowledge to progress in the Badminton England national circuit, gain county representative honours, and even gain international representation. Our Director Helen is the main coach at the Academy. She is a qualified Level 3 head coach and an ex-Rishworth student. Helen, whilst studying at Rishworth, gained continuous representative honours for England throughout her time at the school.
Whilst there is never any guarantee of future success, we believe that through hard work and dedication, coupled with ViveSport and Rishworth's joint programme of technical, tactical and athletic development, young players will have all the tools at their disposal to succeed and become the best they can be.
An individualised training programme delivered by our highly qualified and experienced head coach focuses on personal skill and tactical development. The athletic development programme runs alongside this to enhance all physical components essential for each player to become the best badminton player they can be and reach their potential.
As a school, in years 7-11 Rishworth competes in the National School Games tournaments, where the standard of play in the regional rounds, and beyond, is high. Once in 6th form Rishworth competes in the British Schools 6th Form and Colleges Yorkshire Cup, which again offers a high standard of match play against the best players across the county. On a more local level Rishworth also plays matches against other schools throughout the north ensuring players of all levels can experience competative play.
We have ensured there are opportunities for players at Rishworth to play a high standard of badminton locally to fit in and around training and competition if needed. ViveSport run our performance pathway coaching 'Potential Performance' and 'Achieving Performance' and Rishworth Badminton Club out of Rishworth School's Sports Hall. For players who are just starting out, our junior club 'Halifax Hawks Junior Badminton Club' is also run out of Rishworth School's Sports Hall, offering beginner and intermediate coach to all juniors.