The Bob Forster Salvers – Annual Awards for The Most Promising Girl & Boy in The County

These awards were established in 2001.  Mrs Brenda Forster donated two salvers in memory of her late husband Bob Forster, who served on the Executive Committee (now renamed Management Committee) for 14 years, acting as County Secretary for 10 of those.  Bob retired from the Committee in 1997, but unfortunately became very ill in the autumn of 1998 and died towards the end of the following year.  Bob represented Northumberland during his playing career and did a huge amount of voluntary administrative work for the County.

The annual awards that bear his name are made to Northumberland’s “most promising” girl and boy.  The criteria, as agreed previously by the County’s Schools and Youth Sub-Committee, are as follows:

  • Players considered should generally be Under 15 or over (using Badminton England’s age classifications), although particularly strong candidates at younger ages may be considered;
  • They would have clear promise to develop into strong players at senior County level;
  • They would be expected to be in the top County squad;
  • They would be strong supporters of the junior County teams; and
  • They would be nominated by the County coach(es) in conjunction with appropriate team managers.

Previous winners of the awards are:

2018Sarah BambrickGeorge Moran
2017Anna RailtonJamie Tinnion
2016Emily HarrisonAshraf Alam
2015Ellie RobertsGyan Chadda
2014Sarah WilsonPhilip Pahatouridis
2013Annie KarnGarrylee McMullen
2012Hannah CharltonJishnu Bhattacharya
2011Lauren WalkerDaniel Conway
2010Katherine TylerTom Appleyard
2009Alex BrownMayank Banerjee
2008Emma ReastonBen Oakley
2007Victoria BrewisSteven Gibbons
2006Helena WoodburnBen Mellish
2005Eleanor LawsAndrew Grant
2004Sarah TaylorHugh Woodford
2003Niki CholakovaTom Sharp
2002Sara PotterMaurice Bourke
2001Lauren YoungWill Sharp

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