Badminton England COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The Badminton England COVID-19 Hardship Fund is now open for applications!

The Hardship Fund is designed to help affiliated clubs and registered coaches restart activity after the enforced shutdown. It will prioritise those experiencing short term financial hardship and who have genuine concerns with being able to make sessions financially viable or facing the potential ceasing of operations.

Grants of up £500 per club/coach are available (one application per club/coach).

Badminton England expect demand will outweigh the funds available so all applications will be assessed by a panel that includes Badminton England staff and individuals from the wider badminton community. The panel will meet weekly to assess applications with applicants notified of decisions within 14 days of applying.

The deadline for submitting an application is Sunday 30th August.

Visit: for full information and CLICK HERE to access to the online funding application form.

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Badminton England Return To Play Guidance – June 2020

Badminton England have now released the guidance for ‘Phase 2’ of the Return to Play guidelines, which includes indoor badminton.
While they’re still waiting for a formal announcement from the Government on exactly when and how indoor sports facilities can re-open, it did reiterate its ambition to open the sport and leisure sector from 4th July.
Badminton England therefore want to give the badminton community as much time as possible, and all the resources required, to prepare for a return.

CLICK HERE to access the full resource bank of Return To Play information which includes:

  • Guidance documents for clubs, coaches & players
  • Infographics for Return To Play with key messages
  • Frequently Asked Questions with their accompanying answers
  • Downloadable resources, tools & support

Key Messages:
• Players from different households can play singles in groups of us to 6, as long as 2m social distancing is adhered to. You can have more than one group in a hall (this depends on the space available, your ability to maintain social distancing and the venue’s rules on the maximum numbers of people allowed in the sports hall) and players can rotate within their group but social distancing must be maintained and players cannot move groups within a session.
• Players within a group of 6 are able to share shuttles but no other equipment (e.g. rackets) can be shared between players
• If you are playing with people from a different household, only singles is allowed and there is no play at the net in the forecourt area, this is out of bounds in order to maintain social distancing
• You cannot play doubles unless each pair are from the same household. If both pairs are from different households, the forecourt area at the net is out of bounds (the same as singles with someone from outside your household)
• If you are playing with all people from the same household, you can play singles & doubles
• All equipment (e.g. shuttles) must be cleaned thoroughly after sessions
• Coaches can deliver sessions for up to 5 players from different households as long as the 2m social distancing is maintained. Players cannot move groups within a session, you can have more than one group in a hall but a coach cannot coach or lead the session for a second group in the same hall at the same time. However, two coaches could lead simultaneous sessions on adjacent courts. Coaches are permitted to coach one group and then coach another group afterwards.
• All clubs wishing to restart (and coaches starting to deliver sessions again) must appoint a COVID-19 Officer, must take bookings for sessions (players are not just able to turn up – our Discover Badminton tool is available for clubs to use to set up sessions, take bookings & payments) and must complete a COVID-19 specific risk assessment

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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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