Coronavirus Update

A number of emails have gone out to our junior players and clubs in the last couple of days.  It will come as no surprise to you that all official badminton activity is stopping as of now, although the Tyneside Badminton Centre remains open, for the time being at least.  If you have entered any tournaments sanctioned by BE that have now been cancelled, you should check the situation on refunds with the tournament organiser.

Unfortunately, the end-of-season Presentations for both the Seniors and the Juniors will have to be deferred – we hope that will not be for too long.

The Events calendar on this website shows the junior team events and tournaments that have now been cancelled.

Keep safe and healthy everyone!

 

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U18 Shires v Derby

Our Under 18 team travelled to Pontefract, a neutral venue, for this fixture against Derbyshire.  The team was Sonny Ho, Matty Grant, Ollie Edmundson, Kaleb Canon, Ellen Davison, Charlotte Graham, Natalie Ho and Teeda Prapunwong. 

They were managed by Karen Davison and this is her report. Continue reading

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U16s in Close Shires Loss v Yorks2

Our Under 16 Shires team played Yorkshire 2 today at Pontefract.  This is team manager Joel Dodd’s report:-

The team was Ollie Edmondson, Jack Tilbury, Hugh Twelves, Xuehan Zhang, Lucy Dodd, Amy Ward and Eve Beechinor-Collins. A late drop out due to overnight illness meant the team was one player down and unfortunately therefore 4:0 down before starting.

The mixed doubles was first with Ollie and Lucy securing a comfortable 2 end win against the Yorkshire first pair (21:9 21:13). The other Northumberland pairs found the opposition too strong and both lost in 2 ends.

In the boys singles there were good wins for Jack (22:20 21:16) and Xuehan (21:14 21:18). Ollie was really unlucky not to get a win, agonisingly losing 25:23 in the 3rd end. Hugh fought hard but was beaten in 2 ends.  The girls singles all went Northumberland’s way, with excellent 2-end wins for all three of our girls, Lucy, Amy and Eve.

The Yorkshire boys edged the doubles 3:1, with a 21:19 third end win for the No 1 pair against Ollie and Jack ultimately proving the winning match for Yorkshire. Northumberland’s only win was Ollie and Jack against the Yorkshire 2nd pair.  Lucy and Amy won both of their doubles to leave the overall result 11:9 to Yorkshire.

Northumberland leading 9:7 on matches played but the 4 conceded rubbers gave Yorkshire the win. In the circumstances, this was a very creditable result.

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Under 14s v Yorkshire 1

On 1st March, the under 14 Northumberland badminton team played against the Yorkshire 1st team at Tyneside Badminton Centre. The team was Naomi Silva, Chalida Prapunwong, Sophie Cockett, Jasmine Osborn, Ryan Cockett, Oliver Heron, Matthew Jefferson and Thomas Vicente.  

They were managed by Gillian Cockett and this is her report.  Continue reading

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Great win for Lucy in our U17 Silver

Last Saturday saw Northumberland run its U17 Silver and U13 Bronze tournaments in the BE junior circuit.  The stand-out local star for the day was Lucy Dodd, who has only just turned 13: she battled brilliantly to take the winner’s gold medal in the U17 girls singles.  Looking a lot fitter and more resilient than earlier in the season, she was clearly benefiting from recent practice sessions with Jamie Tinnion.  Lucy won her group and scored an excellent win over Yorkshire’s Angie Zhu in the semi before going on to face Emily Harper, also Yorkshire in the final.  The first end was close all the way and was taken 15-13 by Lucy.  Harper, more than two years the senior and an experienced campaigner, stormed back to take the second to 8, before going 11-8 up in the decider.  Lucy came back to make it 12-all but Harper had match points at 14-12.  Lucy made it 14-all before finally taking the honours at 19-17.  A great win!

The U17 event also brought silver medals for Tim Bodani and James Dodd in the boys singles and bronze medals for Tim in the singles and for Ellen Davison and Sonny Ho in the mixed.

In the U13 event, bronze medals were won by Ollie Heron, Matthew Jefferson, Jude Wisby and Reema Rajeev, while Chalida Prapunwong took the gold in the Consolidation girls singles.

Well done to all of our players for a really good weekend.

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Foundation Coaching Award

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

A Foundation Award for the North East is coming up in June 2020, please CLICK HERE to view full course details and to book a place.

Course Information:

  • Dates: Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st June 2020
  • Times: 9am – 5pm on both days
  • Venue: Sport Central, Northumbria University (Northumberland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST)
  • Cost: £175 for Badminton England members and £195 for non-members
  • Course Tutor: Sheila Boyes
  • Deadline for applying: Friday 22nd May 2020

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

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U14s in the East Midlands – the Full Report

On 8th and 9th February, our Under 14 team braved Storm Ciara and travelled down to the Midlands to play three Shires League matches in a single weekend. The team was Chalida Prapunwong, Jasmine Osborn, Reema Rajeev, Sophie Cockett, Matthew Jefferson, Oliver Heron, Ryan Cockett and Thomas Vicente. 

The team was managed by Gillian Cockett and this is her report. Continue reading

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Under 14s in the East Midlands

Our Under 14 Shires League team have just braved the stormy weather to spend the weekend playing a triple-header against East Midland counties.  Managed by Gillian Cockett and supported by a great team of parents, the players were

Chalida Prapunwong, Jasmine Osborn, Reema Rajeev, Sophie Cockett, Matthew Jefferson, Oliver Heron, Ryan Cockett and Thomas Vicente.

A more detailed report may follow, as and when Gillian has caught up on a lost few days, but in summary they lost 1-19 to a very strong Leicestershire team, produced an encouraging 5-15 against Nottingham and then travelled home in great spirits having beaten Derby 16-4.  All the players scored wins in the various disciplines over the weekend and, although we had asked a lot of this very young team, they all showed great resilience and will have learnt a great deal.

We have never done a Shires weekend like this one but it seems to have gone really well and the players all want to repeat it.  Very many thanks to them – and to the whole support team.

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An Exciting Weekend at the Under 13 Anglo-Scottish

Over the last weekend of January, the Northumberland U13 team took part in the annual U13 Anglo Scottish badminton tournament at the Tyneside Badminton Centre. In all, five English and Scottish counties played over the course of two days.  The Northumberland team consisted of Matthew Jefferson, Adam Secker, Tom Jurowski (Saturday only), Ben Gilroy (Sunday only), Ollie Beale, Stephen Glennie, Reema Rajeev, Cookie Prapunwong, Sophie Cockett, Jasmine Osborn, Fay Prapunwong and Sara Haddi. 

They were managed by Gillian Cockett and this is her report. Continue reading

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Medals from the Tees Valley U17 Silver

A group of our stronger juniors travelled down to Thornaby last weekend and several of them came back with medals.

Tim Bodani won his group and played a great semi, only losing 21-20, 14-16, 18-20 to Scottish junior Finlay Jack taking a bronze medal.  James Dodd won three of his four group games and there were wins for Jack Tilbury and Sonny Ho.  In the girls singles, Charlotte Graham, Amy Ward and Ellen Davison each scored one group win.

Tim and Charlotte have a successful doubles pairing in the mixed and built on this again to reach the final, losing to the top seeds 12-15, 15-8, 5-15 but taking the silver medals.  Ellen and Sonny had one group win.  In the level doubles, Charlotte and Amy won two of their three group games to take bronze medals and Tim partnered James, taking bronze again after winning three of their four group games.  Jack and Ollie Edmondson scored one win.

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