New stars of Scottish Badminton

Brother and sister, Danny (16) and Jessica (14) from Lanark are rising stars in the world of badminton and hope to realise their dreams of competing at the Olympics or Commonwealth games.

Both of them already represent Scotland in their age categories and Danny also now studies at The Glasgow School of Sport.  However, the costs of supporting additional training and competition for two nationalists who have great ambitions has been very difficult.

Both of them were lucky enough to train in their younger years with former Scottish international badminton player John Barrie – who provided low cost coaching through their local Lanark YMCA even in his later years. It was very hard for both players when John sadly passed away this year.

Their current training involves rigorous programme of coaching with national Scottish squad, with badminton coaches David Gilmour and Scotland squad member Craig Goddard in addition to solo performance training.

The Realising Dreams Foundation has agreed to award a contribution towards their monthly training costs for the next year.  Our foundation was impressed with the drive and success already shown by these two athletes and wanted to support them continue training so they are not as limited by finances to realise their dreams.

Jessica represents Scotland at the under 15 year old level and is ranked number 2 in Scotland.  She has reached the quarter -finals at the Olve Junior Championships in Belgium and won a Scottish National doubles title, gained two bronze medals as well as reaching the semi finals of the Scottish Schools championships.

Danny has risen quickly through the Scottish rankings with his badminton talent helping secure him a spot at The Glasgow School of Sport. Just last weekend he took the top spot winning the u17s title at the East of Scotland badminton championships. In the last year he won silver at the Scottish Schools championships, gold at the Lancashire doubles in Preston, silver in the Teeside Silver doubles in Middlesborough and represented Scotland in European level badminton events in Belgium and France.

To maximise on their success and build both their abilities and rankings, they must now find additional funds to maintain and increase their training. We have high hopes for both these athletes and look forward to hearing of their badminton successes. Watch this space!

Jessica Robson is already ranked no.2 in Scotland for her age

Danny Robson has been claiming lots of titles. Most recently winner of the u17 East of Scotland Badminton championships