The Active Northumberland Mens Doubles Open was played at Ponteland Leisure Centre on saturday 16th march. A mixture of team players, county juniors and no strings players entered creating a very good competitive event. Pairs played four competition matches and then several one off challenges.
The winners Matthew Grant and James Dodd who are both county juniors, live in Ponteland and play for Walbottle Nomads Badminton Club, were presented with trophies.
On saturday 23rd a smaller competition took place, The Ladies Doubles Social event winners were Diane McElligott and Gemma Burvill who play no strings badminton locally..
Active Northumberland who supported the events, provided publicity, trophies and prizes are happy for more to take place.
The U16 team travelled down to York by train for this double header against Yorkshire 1st and 3rd teams. This is manager Karen Davison’s report on the day. Karen was assisted by Micky Walker. Continue reading
Our U18 team travelled to Carlisle University to play this fixture a couple of weekends ago. Thanks to team manager Karen Davison for this report. Continue reading
With even more thanks to Davd Graham, here is a brief report on our very successful Junior Silver tournament held at the start of March ….. Continue reading
The latest North Tyneside Social Badminton Tournament, held in John Spence Community High Schools 8 court sports hall on 17th March 2019, attracted a record entry of 80 players, with an age range of 14 to 75!! There were many regular social players, who love these events, but it was also good to see a number of new faces, including some foreign students from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities – all of whom enjoyed the experience of playing against a variety of new players of all ages.
Delivered by Badminton England and local partners, the National Schools Championships is the largest youth badminton initiative, allowing young people from across the country to represent their schools in local, regional and national competitions. The Northumberland/Tyne & Wear County Round of the championships was delivered at Blyth Sports Centre on Thursday 28th February and saw nine schools competing across the four events (Key Stage 3 Boys, Key Stage 3 Girls, Key Stage 4 Boys and Key Stage 4 Girls).
The event was delivered by Norma and Mike Waterfield, in partnership with Badminton England, and saw over one hundred young people aged 11-16 representing their schools throughout the day.
Northumberlnd Tyne & Wear County Round Report
First of all – credit where it is due and congratulations to Durham on their big win in today’s annual Challenge match by 43 games to 13. This match is now played between teams of all abilities and ages, which can make it difficult to pick a suitable team. And on this occasion, the selector got it wrong and Northumberland were rather under-powered with very few of our main team players involved – whereas Durham had most of their squad in the team. However, we had been able to give valuable experience to several of our younger Futures squad players and, although they found the going tough, they will have gained from the opportunity to play outside their normal environment.
The team was Matthew Grant, Matthew Short, Amy Ward, Jack Tilbury, Hugh Twelves, Idan Cherlin, Eve Beechinor-Collins, Xuehan Zhang, Charley Robson, Matthew Glennie, James Jefferson, Oliver Heron, Katrina Ho, Jake Moir, Stephen Glennie and Reema Nair.
We will get the trophy back – it has only been lent to Durham for the next year!
Over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd February the Northumberland under 13 team played in the annual Anglo Scottish tournament at Tyneside Badminton Centre. The team had a real mix of experience, with one player playing in the event for the 4th year and many others representing Northumberland for the very first time. It was also a young team, with 3 of the players still only aged 9. The team was jointly managed by Gillian Cockett and Joel Dodd and this is their report. Continue reading
This season Amy Ward, Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison and Lucy Dodd have brought a considerable number of medals back to Tyneside from various Under 15 and Under 17 Silver and Bronze tournaments – and the boys have done ok too. Continue reading