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Solibad, 'Badminton without borders'. is a charity foundation that brings together Badminton community to make a change. We are raising funds to add sustainability to some of their school projects throughout the world that help underprivileged children.

Solibad - Badminton without borders, is a charity foundation that brings together the Badminton community to make a change.

Sport changed our lives. From the experience, skills learned, countries travelled, coaches who inspired and influenced and team mates whom have become friends for life. Both our journeys to Professional Sport began in our respective primary school clubs. We both lived out childhood dreams by becoming professional athletes in our respective sports (Frania in Squash and myself in Badminton) . We travelled the world representing ooor wee nation on a global scale before retirement after Glasgow 2014 Commonwelth Games. It was a dream, an amazing whirlwind experience we never could have imagined.

We both understand the importance of the intangible skill sets we have gained through sport, along with the fun and camaraderie amogst fellow peers.  We now want to give that opportunity to those less fortunate than oursleves.

Solibad is a foundation that is very close to our hearts. In 2015 I ran their first project in South America in partnership with Escuela Julia Agudelo in Medellin. The school is situated in one of the most deprived areas of Medellin and there is very few if any after school clubs. Through Solibad and alongside Poona Badminton Medellin, we were able to start a school club offering children the chance to play Badminton twice a week for 2 hours. We painted courts, purchased equipment and also paid for the children to go to the centre of Medellin once a month whereby they could play on indoor courts. Many of the children had never seen or heard of Badminton prior to our visit and now they are all in love with the sport. Not only are the children having fun, it keeps them off the streets, provides them with positive role models and who knows... maybe the next badminton star. All this cost 1500 Euros to run for 8 months.

In order for this programme to continue, we are running The Edinburgh Marathon where all proceeds raised will go to Solibad to ensure that this project, and many of the other Solibad projects run throughout the world.

Any donations are greatly appreciated (all we wish is that you swap one lunchtime coffee for a small donation :)


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