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Happy 90th anniversary Netherlands!
Date: 11/15/2021 4:10 PM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
Badminton Europe Confederation would like to wish Badminton Netherlands (Badminton Nederland), a happy 90th birthday on its anniversary today.

Badminton Netherlands celebrates today its 90th anniversary. Founded on the 15th of November 1931, they were one of the founding members of the EBU and have since been an essential part of the growth and improvement of badminton in Europe.

A fruitful 90 years
Having just hosted another successful edition of the Dutch Open some weeks ago, one of the country’s biggest yearly events, the Netherlands have made some great achievements in their 90 years of history. 

The Netherlands have hosted three European Championships - Groningen 1980, Den Bosch 1994 and 2006, as well as three European Mixed Team Badminton Championships - Den Bosch 1994 and 2006, and Amsterdam 2011.

From the legendary talents that have represented the Netherlands all around the world, such as Mia Audina and her silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, to the current players representing the country in international tournaments, the federation is still going strong in the badminton world.

A good reason to celebrate
Barbara Mura, General Secretary of Badminton Netherlands, is glad to be leading a strong organisation that is achieving such a milestone.
                                                   
- It is a very happy fact that we are celebrating our 90th anniversary this year. I am proud of the organisation that we have established. The board, the organisation and the volunteers in the country have shown that they have a lot of energy, adaptability and creativity, despite corona. We have been able to continue our work and have started new projects such as Probeerbadminton and the new youth program Bamito. This has created a lot of positive energy, Mura stated.

The Dutch Open 2021 took place just last month, and being their biggest national event, the federation took the chance to celebrate the 90th birthday with an exhibition.

- We keep the festivities at a modest level, but we had a great photograph exhibition about the 90 years of badminton in the Netherlands on the Yonex Dutch Open 2021, a fantastic event! 

A glorious past and a bright future ahead
Badminton Netherlands has a rich history, and Mura points out to several of the current and upcoming projects being executed to continue with the growth of the sport in the country.

- In the coming period, we will walk several paths to give badminton in the Netherlands a new impulse. We will continue with projects such as Probeerbadminton, the further rollout of Bamito, and we want to use e-commerce even more to tell our story. 

-We also want to show that badminton is a sport where everyone is welcome and can play on their own level with a lot of pleasure and fairplay. Besides that, we want to strengthen our training structure for talents. This should contribute to our goal to become a stable factor in the world’s top 8. 

-While hosting the Nightwatch Nations Cup in August, we also set a benchmark for AirBadminton, which we really want to keep on growing, as it is offering a great opportunity for badminton in the Netherlands. 

Since the start of her term as General Secretary, Mura has perceived a positive development in the federation’s many roles.

- In the last few years, the distance between the organisation and the associations/clubs has become smaller. There is more interaction and this allows associations to learn from each other by exchanging good practices. This is really inspirational and creates a lot of enthusiasm. I think we are on the right track and we want to keep improving every year. In 2022 and further we will continue this way!

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