Your chance to take part in championships

THE 2011 Scottish International Championships, the third oldest event in the badminton calendar, is fast approaching – and there’s a great chance for YOU to get involved.

The five-day event, the number one tournament on the Badminton Europe circuit, takes place at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall international Sports Arena from November 23-27. The qualifying rounds are on the Wednesday with the early rounds of the main draw on the Thursday and Friday, the quarter and semi-finals on the Saturday, and all five finals on the Sunday.

And BADMINTONscotland are once again offering YOU the opportunity to be involved in the Championships. You don’t even have to be a badminton expert.

Not only will you have the chance to take part in a key event in the Olympic qualifying programme for London 2012 but it can also provide YOU with a pathway to volunteer recruitment for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Many of the players chasing ranking points for London 2012 qualification will be taking part, including Scotland’s 2009 women’s singles champion Susan Egelstaff, who is locked in a close battle with 2008 winner and 2010 runner-up Elizabeth Cann of England for the chance to represent GB at Wembley next August.

On top of that players from all five continents are expected to converge on Glasgow to make it a bumper entry as the race for points hots up.

BADMINTONscotland are looking for volunteers to work in the many departments that go towards the smooth running of this major sporting event. Openings are available for volunteers in line judging, stewarding, driving or organising transport, match control, hospitality and for hosts and hostesses.

A volunteers’ application form is available from BADMINTONscotland’s website to download and submit. Check out www.badmintonscotland.org.uk

Tickets are already on sale for the showcase event with fans eager to see Scottish prospects like Kieran Merrilees and Kirsty Gilmour in action.

Apart from the elite players competing in the tournament, there are also 3000 schoolchildren to supervise at the flagship Play Badminton Carnival, which will run throughout Championship week at the Kelvin Hall.

BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “The Scottish International Championships is much more than just a tournament. It’s a chance to get youngsters involved in our great sport as well as a wonderful opportunity for people to make new friends by joining the volunteer community that is so vital to the running of events like ours.

“Volunteers play a key role in all our tournaments in Scotland and by becoming a volunteer this November you will be taking the first step on a road that could lead to involvement in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.”