LEVEL 1 COURSE AT T.B.C. IN SEPTEMBER

The UKCC Level 1 coaching course is the entry point into the coaching world and qualifies the assistant coach to support the Level 2 coach during a coaching session. This support role might include observation of practice, feeding and group management, to allow the effective delivery of the planned coaching programme.

A Level 1 Coaching Course for the North East is coming up in September 2018, please CLICK HERE to view full course details and to book a place.

Course Information:
• Dates: Saturday 1st September, Saturday 8th September & Saturday 29th September 2018
• 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: 04/08/2018

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

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Surprise Award for Norma

NBA Secretary, Norma Waterfield, was one of only 4 people to receive a North Tyneside Chairman’s Gold Commendation Award in recognition of all her voluntary work developing badminton in North Tyneside. Continue reading

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North East Newsletter

Holly Robson, NBA’s new BE Relationship Manager for the North East, has produced her first Regional Newsletter. Click here to read.

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Fun & Games at the Juniors’ Presentation Event

The last day of June saw some 70 players and family gathered at TBC for the annual Presentation Evening.  This took a different format from earlier years with the first two and a half hours spent playing some fun badminton, a bit of table tennis and the relatively new sport of pickleball.  Parents and other family members were keen to join in, with some notable performers on the TT tables.

After the games and a sizeable buffet provided by the parents, they all gathered together in the small hall for the official business. 

The permanent trophies for the Junior Restricteds were presented, the multi, three-times winners being Lucy Dodd at Under 13, Charlotte Graham and Tim Bodani at Under 15 and Ashraf Alam at Under 19.

Junior Half Colours were awarded to Arif Alam and Jack Thorpe and these were followed by the award of Full Colours to Anna Railton, Rachel Bogan, Sarah Bambrick and George Moran.  The evening ended with the presentation of the Bob Forster silver salvers for “The Most Promising Girl and Boy” to Sarah Bambrick and George Moran and a special word of thanks to the ever-available and constantly-helpful Karen Davison.

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The junior season ends, finally, in York

The Northumberland U14 team travelled down to York on Saturday 9 June for the annual Mixed Doubles Tournament held in memory of Cerryg Davies, a young Yorkshire player who died suddenly some years ago.  This is manager Karen Davison’s report. Continue reading

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Under 13 Anglo-Scottish at Largs

On 26 and 27 May 2018 the Northumberland under 13 team competed in the Anglo Scottish tournament at the Scottish National Sports Centre in Largs, Ayrshire. The team comprised Xuehan Zhang, Ryan Cockett, Cameron Twynholm, Sam Best, Lucy Dodd, Eve Beechinor Collins, Merin Cherian and Anna Craig (borrowed from West of Scotland). This was a new experience for most of the team, with only one having played in the event before. The team managers were Gillian Cockett and Joel Dodd and this is Joel’s report on the weekend. Continue reading

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24 hour badminton marathon raises funds for local cancer charity

Riverside Leisure Centre Badminton Club, based at Morpeth, have raised a fantastic £4,000 for a local charity by taking part in a marathon 24 hour badminton session.

Over 90 players, not only from Riverside but players from other clubs, juniors from our Performance Centre and Futures groups ranging from 8 to 75 years of age, took part in the event aiming to keep the shuttle active for 24 hrs. Every penny raised was donated to the local Henry Dancer Day charity that supports children and families with cancer.

This is the sixth Badminton-a-thon that Riverside Leisure Centre’s Badminton Coach, Karen Davison, has organised raising a total of £19,000 for local worthwhile causes.

Karen writes “I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who helped us to raise this amazing sum of money. Every single penny will go to the chosen charity. I’d like to thank Active Northumberland for providing the courts for free, Yehlex UK and Northumberland Badminton Association for donating shuttles, local businesses who donated raffle prizes and all those taking part collecting sponsorship or making a personal donation. Thank you.”

A great event – very well done to Karen and all involved!

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Yorkshire Under 16 Team Tournament

This is team manager Karen Davison’s report after an enjoyable trip to York on a very  hot Sunday with our U16 team which was:  Maddy Atkinson, Rachel Bogan, Ellen Davison, Charlotte Graham, Natalie Ho, Amy Ward, Tim Bodani, Matty Grant, Jai Nayyar, Matty Short, Mark Walker, Dominic Wilson-Baker.
The format was 1 XD, 1 BS, 1 GS, 2 BD, 2 GB, with one end to 21, making a total of 7 matches.  The first match was against an extremely strong and experienced Leicestershire.  We team took a while to settle into the match with Rachel/Maddy narrowly losing 20-22.  We were handed a girls doubles game as Leicestershire only had 5 girls so had to concede this match.  Final score 6-1 to Leicestershire.

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National Junior League – Well Done Ponteland!!

Ponteland Academy’s Under 14 team, under the guidance of their coach Phil Hall, put in a great performance to finish in 3rd place in the finals of the National Junior League, which were held recently at the National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes.  This continued their progress of recent years, seeing them advance from 6th in 2016 and 5th last year. Continue reading

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Lucy and Cameron are “the most promising”

In 2003, while he was Chair of North Tyneside Council, Councillor John Carter became an avid fan of badminton, attending a number of our tournaments in North Tyneside.  He decided that he would like to set up an annual award for the most promising boy and girl in Northumberland, and so the annual Under 12 awards were established. Continue reading

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