The Northumberland Badminton Association end of season quiz and presentation evening will be held at Northumberland Club on Saturday 18th May. The event will follow a similar format to last year, presentation of league trophies and volunteer awards first then a bit of food then a friendly team quiz. Please make your club members aware so they can “Save the Date”, and also please start to think about nominations for the volunteer awards too.
Further information on booking tickets will follow a bit later in the season.
Having lost three pre-Christmas matches to cancellations, our Under 16s began their Shires League campaign this weekend with an excellent 12-8 win over Yorkshire 2. Manager Karen Davison was delighted to have support from county coach Martin Fagan and Richard Taylor, plus a great group of parents and grand-parents. She was even more delighted with the performance of her team, who were:
Amy Ward, Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison & Lucy Dodd and Dominic Wilson-Baker, James Dodd, Sonny Ho & Tim Bodani.
Yorkshire looked to have brought quite a strong team with them, considering they were the second string, but we got off to a very encouraging start winning two of the four mixed doubles. And Ellen & Dom got very close to a third win, only losing to 17 in the third end. Tim & Amy and Sonny & Lucy both scored two-end victories.
The singles went even better with both the boys and the girls taking three of their four matches to give Northumberland an 8-4 lead. Six of the eight singles being won against a Yorkshire team – quite an achievement! There were excellent wins for Tim and James over regular, strong competitors on the BE age group circuit. Sonny in his first Shires match had a good 21-18, 21-11 win. Lucy and Ellen added two more and Amy fought back strongly after losing the second end to take the third 21- 15.
The level doubles were shared. There was an excellent 24-22, 21-14 win for Tim & James in the top match, backed up by strongly by both girls’ partnerships of Ellen & Amy and Charlotte& Lucy.
Very well done – it was a great team effort. Their next match will also be at home, on Sunday 20th January, against Cumbria.
- Dates: Saturday 6th April, Saturday 13th April & Saturday 27th April 2019
- Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm on all three days
- Venue: Tyneside Badminton Centre (Bowness Road, Slatyford, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 2TA)
- Cost: £215 for Badminton England members and £225 for non-members
Deadline for applying: 8th March 2019
Please use this link to view full course details and to book a place: https://badmintonengland.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=C51E82D27BF7F79A0A0ECE0A5083878A9C363C9D
* All learners must be aged 16 or over on the first day of the course.
Places are limited so please don’t delay in getting booked on!
At the Sport Newcastle Unsung Heroes Awards evening, NBA President Bob Pearson deservedly received an Unsung Heroes Award.
Read more about the many years of voluntary service that Bob has given to our sport:
Northumberland Badminton association have been working closely with Badminton England to develop a new ‘Workforce Academy’ which aims to bring committed coaches, officials and volunteers together to learn from each other and provide a more structured approach to coaching and volunteering across the county. The Workforce Academy will provide support, training, mentoring and continuous professional development (CPD), in return for new coaches and volunteers delivering more badminton activity locally.
The Workforce Academy is now OPEN for applications anyone across Northumberland who is actively volunteering within badminton or would like to take the first step in their volunteering journey (this could be coaching, club committee volunteering, running tournaments, website design, sports journalism plus many other opportunities!).
If you’re interested in joining the Workforce Academy, please complete the Member Application Form in full and return to Holly Robson: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 17th December 2019.
What will you get from the Workforce Academy?
The latest North Tyneside Social Badminton Tournament, held at Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend, was another hugely successful event, attracting 56 players from all over the region, with an age range of 14 to 74!! As well as many familiar faces taking part, it was very pleasing to see a good number of new ones, including a very friendly group of Chinese players! As usual with these social tournaments, the aim was to cater for the casual, social players who enjoy some friendly competition and playing against different people.
Everyone got plenty of games, as the first rounds were played in groups before knockout semi-finals and finals. “What is so good about these tournaments is the fact that players mix – when their group games are finished, they take the opportunity to play with others who have also not reached the knockout stages. It is all very friendly yet competitive. There were plenty of very close, exciting matches, and it was great to see players of all ages on the same court enjoying their games.” commented Northumberland County Secretary Norma Waterfield, who helped organise and run the tournament.
There was an excellent entry from our Under 17s for the Northumberland round on the BE Bronze Junior Circuit and further success for several of our players in the tournament held last Sunday at the Tyneside Badminton Centre. Continue reading
There was success for two of our younger juniors in the Northumberland Under 13 tournament on BE’s Bronze Circuit. Ryan Cockett won all 5 of his singles matches to take the gold medal played out in a group of six boys. His closest match was a 21-18 win over Krish Milan of Lancashire. Durham’s Finlay Barlow was third, taking a bronze medal. In the girls’ singles, Naomi Silva faced tough competition from two strong Scottish girls but was runner-up in her group to win a bronze medal.
Naomi took another bronze in the girls’ doubles, when she partnered Yorkshire’s Avisha Nayak in third place, but she and Ryan were totally dominant in the mixed doubles winning all three of their matches.
Very well done to them both.
A reminder that the Northumberland U13 & U17 Badminton England Circuit Tournaments are taking place at the Tyneside Badminton Centre tomorrow, Sunday 25th November with lots of local juniors taking part.
Play starts at 9.30 a.m. and runs through to about 6 p.m. with the earliest event finals anticipated to be around midday, do get along and support if you can.
This Saturday, 10th November, sees the opening senior county matches of the season with both county teams at home at the Tyneside Badminton Centre. Matches start at 11.00 a.m. with the first team taking on Lothian and the seconds up against Durham 2. The afternoon games start at 2.30 p.m. with the first team this time taking on Durham and the seconds playing Cumbria 2.
Do come along and offer your support if you can for what should be some competitive matches.