OLYMPIC star Imogen Bankier put some of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Apprentices through their paces at the new mulit-million pound Emirates Arena recently.
The Milngavie Badminton World silver medallist (24) took time out of her schedule to help train the Apprentices as part of the preparations for the forthcoming Scottish International Badminton Championships - which will be held at the Arena from November 21-25.
The Scottish International will be the first major badminton event to be staged at the £113m complex, the the venue which will also host the badminton competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Bankier said: “It was a lot of fun. I won’t be playing in the Scottish International this year, but it’s great to be able to be involved in helping with initiatives like this which are so important to the success of the event, and I will be at the Emirates Arena during the Championships cheering the Scottish players on.”
During the Scottish International the Commonwealth Apprentices will assist in delivering the Play Badminton Carnivals, which run concurrently with the Championships and give thousands of Scottish schoolchildren the opportunity to receive coaching and guidance from some of Scotland’s top coaches before also being given the opportunity to watch some top class international badminton in the main arena.
The Commonwealth Apprentice Initiative is a partnership between Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, providing a two year training and development programme designed to provide a legacy for young people in Glasgow as they seek employment.
BADMINTONscotland chief executive Anne Smillie said: “It’s fantastic that Imogen was able to help us in training the Commonwealth Apprentices. The Play Badminton Carnivals are an essential part of the Scottish International Championships, giving thousands of children the opportunity to get involved with badminton.“