In 1999 was the Foundation to Promote High Performance Badminton, in Dutch Stichting Bevordering Topbadminton (SBT) founded. The goal of the SBT was to organize badminton events in the Netherlands on behalf of Badminton Nederland. Since the starts, yearly the National Championships and the Dutch Open are organized. This has not been unnoticed by Badminton Europe and in the following years the SBT was involved in organizing European and World Championships in the Netherlands:
|2002, 2008, 2011||European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships|
|2003||World Mixed Team Championships – Sudirman Cup|
|2005||European Junior Championships – Teams and Individual|
|2006||European Championships – Teams and Individual|
|2006||Europe Cup for Club Teams|
|2009, 2010, 2011||Finals Badminton Europe Circuit|
|2011||European Mixed Team Championships|
Since 2002, the SBT targeted itself on enhancing presentation of score for players, audience and media. Not only in the playing area but also outside through the internet. There was a switch from simple score sheets and LED panels to LCD monitors and projectors with overall presentation. Also video was introduced in VIP rooms, media centre and internet café. Through the internet it was possible to follow scores worldwide. Presentation of these systems was done at the Europe Cup 2006 in Seville and in the same year at the World Championships in Madrid.
Also in the early years of 2000 the SBT, in cooperation with Visual Reality, developed software to simplify match planning. Nowadays, this software is adopted by the Badminton World Federation and is used all over the World.
In the same period the SBT started cooperation with BWin. It started with only tournaments in the Netherlands and since 2006 Badminton Europe started to cooperate with BWin. Since than the SBT travels across Europe to cover over 30 events each year on behalf of Badminton Europe.
In 2008 the SBT started streaming live video. At first the SBT streamed only to BWin and since 2012 the SBT enhanced the cooperation with Badminton Europe with BE.tv.
The SBT also has a sponsorships with YONEX which the SBT is very thankful for. This started in 2008 and is continuing.
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