Badminton Europe’s High Performance Commission is in the process of implementing a new, exciting initiative to secure an on-going development and further improvement of the high performance-level in Europe. 

On 1 September 2017, a European high-performance training centre called ‘BEC Centre of Excellence’ will start up in Holbaek, Denmark.

The former BEC Development project ‘Future Stars’ has been discontinued, and the project’s funding has been transferred to the high-performance training centre.

The medal spread in international badminton is rather polarized with Asia being the dominant Continent. And the objective for the project is, therefore, clear; Badminton Europe wishes to empower talented players from Member Associations that do not have the capacity to cater sufficiently for their talented players and offer them high quality, sustainable training at a World Class Training setup, so that Europe can continue to be in the medal ranks at Olympic Games and World Championships.

Holbaek SportsCentre


Illustrations by Dimension Design for Kullegaard Architects


In the city of Holbaek, a brand-new project is coming. The municipality of Holbaek has announced the construction of a new sports and recreation centre, called Holbaek SportsCentre. The centre will be housing the BEC Centre of Excellence from 1 January 2019. 

Gross area of the SportsCentre is 22,310 square metres, and will include: a healthcare centre, a foyer with café and restaurant, changing rooms for indoor and outdoor sports, a multi arena, meeting rooms, 3 indoor pools, a fitness centre, 4 indoor tennis courts and, most importantly, 8 badminton courts.

And outside there will be soccer fields, tennis courts, track and field facilities, a riding track, mountain bike tracks, streetbasket.

Holbaek is located in the centre of the Zealand island, only 45 minutes by car from Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.

To learn more about Holbaek SportsCentre visit holbaek.dk 



Training setup


  • Full time Head Coach assisted by assistant coaches
  • Badminton practice on weekdays mornings from 07:30 - 9:45
  • Two evening sessions from 17:00 - 20:00 
  • Two physical sessions per week (total of 9 sessions per week)

Training will take place in the newly built Stenhushal (Hall of Stenhus) until Holbæk SportsCentre is ready by 1 January 2019.

Furthermore, BEC encourage education through links with local educational institutions and via distance learning, to support players who wish to combine badminton with studies.


Accommodation


  • Temporary Accommodation near Stenhus Gymnasium from 1 September 2017 to 31 December 2018 (approximate cost is € 300 per month)
  • Accommodation near Holbæk Sportsby from 1 January 2019 (approximate cost is € 300 per month)




Timeline


7 September 2016 – First announcement: Presenting BEC Centre of Excellence
5-9 December 2016 – Pre-Selection Camp in Vejen, Denmark
22 January 2017 – Final bidders presented their allocation bids to BEC’s Board of Directors in Copenhagen, Denmark
23 February 2017 –Allocation of COE presented at press conference in Holbaek, Denmark
28 April 2017 – Jeroen van Dijk announced as COE Head Coach
1-5 May 2017 - Selection Camp in Holbaek, Denmark
23 June 2017 – First player announced
14 July 2017 – Nicola Cerfontyne announced as COE Assistant Coach
19 July 2017 – Kestutis Navickas announced as COE Assistant Coach
1 September 2017 – Opening of COE in Holbaek, Denmark
1 January 2019 – Opening of Holbaek SportsCentre