Regional Development Officer

BADMINTON England employs a network of Regional Officers who work closely with a number of groups (including County Badminton Associations, local authorities, clubs and schools) to help develop the sport of badminton. Northumberland’s Regional Officer is Lynsey Edwards, who is based at:

Team Northumbria, 6 North Street East, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE1 8ST

Lynsey can be contacted on 07501005315 or by email

BADMINTON England’s Structure for Success

This is the most exciting time there has ever been to work in the Olympic sport of Badminton.  BADMINTON England is committed to developing a World Leading Badminton System by generating significant growth in participation at every level.  In order to deliver this, BADMINTON England has designed a structure for the sport that seeks to:

  • Provide an appropriate introduction to badminton at grass roots / community level
  • Ensure that participants are retained and enjoy badminton at the standard which they are most comfortable
  • Present a clear and identifiable pathway for the more talented players to progress to elite performance environments and competitions

BADMINTON England’s Structure for Success is based upon four key programmes which when brought together provides a clear pathway to progress within the sport:

  • Community Badminton Networks (CBNs) – providing opportunities at grass roots / community level
  • Performance Centres (PC) – identifying, nurturing and developing talented players
  • England Performance – preparing quality players for elite level environments and competitions
  • The Medal Environment – producing World and Olympic medal winners

Community Badminton Networks

The role of the Regional Officer is primarily the delivery of CBNs, being a key contact for NBA and delivery of BADMINTON England programmes (e.g. Center Parcs National Schools Competitions).

Based upon local authority areas, CBNs offer a network for various partners to work together to provide a range of programmes to introduce participants to badminton and then offer them a range of high quality, sustainable opportunities to enjoy.   Partners involved in the CBNs include NBA, schools, colleges, clubs, local authorities, leisure providers and county sports partnerships.

Currently in Northumberland there are 4 active CBNS:

  • Newcastle
  • North Northumberland
  • North Tyneside
  • South East Northumberland

By March 2012 it is expected that Tynedale become the 5th CBN.

The CBNs are currently working to provide a variety of playing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities:

  • Schools and Further Education – Premier League 4 Sport, Northumbria HE Officer, Tyne Met FE Officer
  • Participation Programmes – Over 50s Badminton, Sportivate, Ladies Only Badminton
  • No Strings Badminton – Sport North Tyneside, Willowburn Leisure Centre
  • Club Badminton

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