At the weekend we saw the return of the Junior County Restricted Tournament after Covid restrictions meant that we had been unable to hold any competitive play for our Juniors over the last 18 months.  “Restricted” means that only players eligible to represent Northumberland can enter.  The Tournament was held at the Tyneside Badminton Centre.

On the Saturday, the U13 and U17 events were held and the U15 and U19 events took place on the Sunday.  Players were able to enter Singles/Doubles & Mixed in any of the age groups for which they were eligible.

U13 event – 11 players entered this age group, unfortunately there were no girls doubles event.  There were a few players for which this was their first outing in a competitive environment.  Full list of Winners and Runners-up is below:

U13 Girls Singles –   W – Sophie Cockett;   R/UP – Tanida Prapunwong

U13 Boys Singles – W – Aryan Kalluri; R/UP – Aniruddh Kalluri

U13 Boys Doubles – W – Aniruddh Kalluri/Aryan Kalluri; R/UP – Jack Atkinson/Dylan Jenkins

U13 Mixed Doubles – W – Tanida Prapunwong/Daniel Proctor; R/UP – Sophie Cockett/Dylan Jenkins

U17 Event – 17 players entered this age group, with a couple of players playing an age group up from their actual age.  Full list of Winners and Runners-up below:

U17 Girls Singles – W – Ellen Davison:  R/UP – Charlotte Graham

U17 Boys Singles – W – Xuehan Zhang; R/UP – Ben King

U17 Girls Doubles – W – Ellen Davison/Katrina Ho; R/UP – Charlotte Graham/Amy Ward

U17 Boys Doubles –  W – Jamie Grant/Jack Tilbury; R/UP – Ryan Cockett/Xuehan Zhang

U17 Mixed Doubles – W – Ellen Davison/Xuehan Zhang; R/UP – Charlotte Graham/Jack Tilbury

On the Sunday, it was the U15 and U19 events

U15 Event – 14 players entered this age group

Full list of Winners and Runners-up below:

U15 Girls Singles – W – Naomi Silva; R/UP – Chalida Prapunwong

U15 Boys Singles – W – Ryan Cockett; R/UP – Matthew Jefferson

U15 Girls Doubles – W – Sophie Cockett/Chalida Prapunwong; R/UP – Naomi Silva/Jasmine Osborne

U15 Boys Doubles – W – Ryan Cockett/Matthew Jefferson; R/UP – Jude Wisby/Aryan Kalluri

U15 Mixed Doubles – W – Ryan Cockett/Naomi Silva; R/UP – Sophie Cockett/Matthew Jefferson

U19 Event – 14 players entered this age group

Full list of Winners and Runners-up below:

U19 Girls Singles – W – Charlotte Graham; R/UP – Ellen Davison

U19 Boys Singles – W – Tim Bodani; R/UP – James Dodd

U19 Girls Doubles – W – Ellen Davison/Katrina Ho; R/UP – Charlotte Graham/Amy Ward

U19 Boys Doubles – W -Tim Bodani/James Dodd; R/UP – Matthew Short/Jack Tilbury

U19 Mixed Doubles – W – Tim Bodani/Charlotte Graham; R/UP – Ellen Davison/Tom Hunt

Well done to all players who competed over the weekend: it was great to see you all back on court after such an uncertain time for us all. 

Special mention must go to the 3 Northumberland players who won triple titles in their respective age groups; Tim Bodani at U19; Ellen Davison at U17; and Ryan Cockett at U15.  Fantastic achievement – they are all pictured below.

Thank you to Steve Abbott and Martin Fagan for running this Tournament and thanks also to Karen Davison and Daniel Tinnion for their supporting roles. 

We are now working towards Shires Matches and this weekend was great preparation for this. 

Well done everyone!!


Junior Successes

Several of our PC players were competing last weekend.  Congratulations to them all.

Lucy Dodd  made her England debut in the U15 Quadrangular in Scotland where England won the team event then Lucy also won the Girls’ Doubles (with partner Lucy Brierley from Derbyshire) and the Mixed Doubles (with partner Dan Kemp from Cumbria) in the individual events (see the earlier post for more details).

Ryan Cockett and Oliver Heron won silver medals in the boys doubles at the U15 BE Silver Tournament held at Tyneside Badminton Centre.

Ellen Davison, won 2 bronze medals in the girls singles and girls doubles (with her partner Molly Whittaker from Yorkshire) at the U17 BE Silver Tournament held in Warwickshire.

Xuehan Zhang and Jack Tilbury were runner up and winner respectively in the C graded event at the Senior Restricted Singles at Tyneside Badminton Centre.  Also competing in the Singles Tournament were Tim Bodani, James Dodd, Matthew Grant, Kaleb Cannon, and Jamie Grant. 

Very well done to them all – and to several others who played in these events but without winning trophies!!

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Congratulations to Lucy Dodd

After battling through a series of Silver and Gold tournaments, our Under 15 Lucy Dodd made it through to junior international recognition this weekend, having been selected for England in the Quadrangular tournament against Scotland, Wales and Ireland held on Friday in Glasgow. She is the first to have been able to make this step for at least 15 years.

Lucy did not get to play singles but she scored 4 wins from her five matches of level and mixed doubles and in the fifth match against Wales she only lost 23-25 in the third end. The team event was followed by an individual tournament, in which Lucy was one of the stars. Playing in the mixed doubles with Dan Kemp of Cumbria, three good wins took them to the final against another English pair: a close three-ender going to Lucy and Dan. Seeded number one in the girls doubles with regular partner Lucy Brierley of Notts, the girls scored a good close win over an Irish pair in the semi, before registering an emphatic win over the Scots in the final. So, all in all, it was a great trip north of the border for Lucy. Many congratulations to her!

It is particularly difficult for our juniors, up here in the far north east, to get recognised for their talents. It is a very big committment for players and parents, almost always having to travel many miles south to the major tournaments. So, let Lucy be an inspiration to all our juniors.

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Invitation to new players to join our club at Ponteland Leisure Centre on Wednesday 15th September

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Tournament season at the Tyneside Badminton Centre

It’s the start of tournament season at the Tyneside Badminton Centre. The first tournament that we will be hosting is the U13 Tyneside Bronze. This will take place on Saturday 18th September 2021, all 5 events are open for entries.

To find out more information and/or to enter the tournament click on this link: https://be.tournamentsoftware.com/tournament/3EE7BA05-00DA-4E9F-800B-0428C4EF823E

If there are any issues please contact Sarah Burtenshaw on sarahburtenshaw@tynesidebadmintoncentre.co.uk

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Upcoming Level 2 coaching course in Newcastle


The Level 2 coaching course provides the opportunity to train to coach independently through a bespoke learning journey, tailored to coaches’ own environments. Formed of a core module and a specialism module where coaches get to choose whether to apply the knowledge and skills learnt to a ‘club’ or ‘talent’ environment, this course allows coaches to focus on their learning needs. 

1st 4sport Certificate for Coaches in Badminton at Level 2 (Club Specialism) – Tyneside Badminton Centre, Newcastle

  • Dates: Saturday 22nd January, Sunday 23rd January, Saturday 19th February, Sunday 20th February & Saturday 19th March 2022
  • Times: 9am – 5pm on all 5 days
  • Venue: Tyneside Badminton Centre, Bowness Road, Slatyford, Newcastle, NE5 2TA
  • Cost: £390 for Badminton England Coach Members, £400 for Badminton England members & £420 for non-members
  • More information and booking link: https://badmintonengland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=09539254B6633247D24F1BE85ABEA713864624C9
  • Deadline for booking: Friday 17th December 2021

* All learners must be aged 18 or over on the first day of the course.

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U15 Gold Success for Lucy at Milton Keynes

After a 16 month gap, the Badminton England junior tournaments have finally restarted, with a series of Gold events played during June 2021.

Lucy Dodd travelled down to the National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes over the weekend of 12 & 13 June, having entered the u15 Gold Star singles and u15 Gold Girls Doubles events. Tournament rules only allowed one doubles event to be entered, so she was unable to play mixed doubles on this occasion.

Singles was played on the first day. Lack of tournament level singles play in recent times left Lucy a bit rusty and she ended up 3rd in her group of 4, winning 1 and losing 2 matches. She improved over the course of the day and was unlucky to lose her last match with a 21:19 in the 3rd end to Sia Pandit, the group winner from Yorkshire.

The girls doubles was held on day 2 in a sweltering heat. Lucy played for the first time with her new partner, Lucy Brierley from Nottinghamshire, with the two Lucy’s seeded 1. The girls comfortably won all 3 matches in their group, which put them through to the final where they played Iona Muir and Saffron Morris, who are the number one ranked u15 girls in Scotland and Wales respectively.

The final was a very close-run affair, with both pairs playing well. The two Lucy’s won the first end 21:17 and looked to be closing in on a win at 19:14 in the second. However,Iona and Saffron fought back strongly to level at 20:20, before the two Lucy’s held their nerve to win the second end 23:21 and claim their first tournament win playing together.

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The Badminton England 2021 National Volunteer Conference is now open for bookings!

The Conference will be a free online event, taking place via Zoom on Saturday 11th September 2021, 2pm – 5pm.

The focus will be around rebuilding badminton following the coronavirus pandemic and will include various breakout workshop sessions, keynote speakers and networking as well as the presentation of the 2021 YONEX Volunteer of the Year Awards.

There are six exciting workshops on offer at this year’s Conference which are:

Workshop 1:

  • Rebuilding Your Player Base
  • Looking After Your Volunteers and Planning for the Future
  • Engaging with Schools and Young People

Workshop 2:

  • Encouraging More Helpers
  • Empowering Young Volunteers to Step Forward
  • Re-establishing Yourself as a Coach or Co-ordinator

For full details on all six workshops, the schedule for the day and to book a place please visit: https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/on-court/volunteer-in-badminton/national-volunteer-conference/

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Upcoming Level 1 coaching course in Newcastle


The Foundation Coach Award is the starting point for people who would like to get into coaching badminton and become a coaching assistant. This course will teach learners to:

  • Lead fun games, activities and tournaments
  • Support a Level 2 Coach in the delivery of sessions
  • Deliver Badminton England programmes such as: No Strings, SmashUp! & The Racket Pack Lite
  • Effectively support the development of clubs/sessions
  • Maximise the participant experience

Foundation Award (Level 1) for Assistant Coaches in Badminton – Northumbria University, Newcastle

Course information:

* All learners must be aged 16 or over on the first day of the course.

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BE Updated Return to play Guidance – 17th May

  • Organised group activity for adults can restart with maximum group sizes of 16 (both singles & doubles is allowed). You are able to have more than 16 players in the hall, as long as players are grouped into bubbles of up to 16 (e.g. if you had 20 players attending a session, you could group them into two groups of 10 or a group of 12 and a group of 8 etc – as long as each group does not exceed 16 players). If you have 16 players or less attending a session, everyone can mix in and play together.
  • For coaching sessions, the coach is counted as one of the 16 players so it’s a ratio of 1 coach to 15 players (for both adults & juniors). If you have more than one coach at a session you can have more than 15 players, as long as they are grouped into bubbles of no more than 15 (e.g. 1 coach = maximum of 15 players at the session, 2 coaches = maximum of 30 players at the session) – this will also depend on the rules of your facility as some facilities may cap the numbers allowed in their sports halls.
  • For recreational/social play (people just booking a court to play with friends), the rule of 6 still applies. The rule of 16 is only for sessions organised by clubs, coaches or No Strings Co-ordinators.

Venues are required to operate a maximum capacity of 100 sq ft per person and guidance takes this into account for playing badminton. However, you should check the capacity with the venue and, if you allow spectators to attend, they count towards and must meet the capacity requirements.

This roughly equates to 8 people per court (so in a 4 court sports hall you could have a maximum of 32 players, grouped into 2 bubbles of 16 – one bubble of 16 across 2 courts and the other bubble of 16 across the other 2 courts).

As with all the other stages of Return to Play, clubs should have a COVID-19 Officer, complete a COVID risk assessment and have a booking system in place for sessions.

For more information, the full guidance and downloadable resources please visit: https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/return-to-play/

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