At the beginning of the NBA EGM on Sunday 10 September there was a surprise presentation. The English Badminton Award for Longstanding Exceptional Service to Badminton in England was presented to three long-serving Northumberland BA volunteers. Dennis Gray, Julie Brown and Mike Waterfield were presented with their awards by Alison O’Dell, a member of Badminton England’s Board of Directors. NBA Secretary Norma Waterfield, who had nominated all three, was delighted that her nominations had been successful and commented, “All three thoroughly deserve their award. They have done so much for Badminton in Northumberland over very many years.”
Previous recipients of the same award are Steve Abbott and Norma Waterfield  and Ian Ferguson and the late Walter Arkley  and Bob Pearson .
It is with great sadness that we must inform everyone that on Wednesday 30th August Walter Arkley passed away. Walter, one of NBA’s Honarary Vice-Presidents, served as Coaching Secretary for the County for very many years. He was part of the County’s organisation for over 40 years and devoted a huge amount of his time as an unpaid volunteer especially relating to juniors and coaching awards. Walter was widely respected and liked throughout the County and further afield.
Our thoughts are with Walter’s family at this sad time.
A lovely Sunday morning last weekend saw a group of our juniors, with supporting parents, gathering at Newburn for our first Sponsored Walk. Following the old railway and then the riverside path to Wylam and back, they covered some 6 miles in a litte under 3 hours and, of course, found time for an ice cream stop at the half way point.
In the region of £500 was raised to support the county’s junior teams with the costs of practices and travel to away matches. Very many thanks to the walkers and also to the various sponsors.
The Presentation Evening for our Northumberland Juniors was held recently to celebrate the successes of the season just ended. The engraved perpetual cups and shields were presented to the singles, level doubles and mixed winners of the four age group county championships. The multiple winners were Lucy and James Dodd, Andrew Liang, Ashraf Alam, Emily Harrison and Philip Pahatouridis. Certificates were also presented to all those who had represented the various county teams. Special awards of the Bob Forster silver salvers were made to the “Most Promising” boy and girl, Anna Railton and Jamie Tinnion, with junior half colours being awarded to Matty Jerdan and full colours to Jamie Tinnion. Congratulations to them all.
A very pleasant evening, spent at the British Legion Club in West Jesmond, concluded with the players and their parents marking the sad departure of County Coach, Rob Wetherell. After the best part of a decade working with our seniors and juniors and with the County’s Performance Centre, Rob has been offered a wonderful opportunity to move up the coaching ladder and work in Italy as National Coach. He will certainly be missed by all of us and the juniors recognised this, presenting him with a print of the Tyne Bridges – an attempt to make him feel homesick. All the very best, Rob!
Our county juniors are holding a fund-raiser on Sunday 16th July with a sponsored walk from Newburn along the riverside path to Wylam and back. The relatively modest target is to raise £500 to support the team squads for practices and travel to away matches.
Courts, coaching, shuttles and travel are unavoidable costs of our sport of badminton and if we can bring extra funds into our county association, this will relieve pressure on our parents. Perhaps more importantly, it may enable us to involve players from families that have less financial freedom and, if this appeal goes well, we may even be able to develop this further and set up some form of bursary to provide more specific assistance.
We are also very keen to inspire more younger players, particularly girls, to become active in badminton throughout our county area. A fund to help provide good coaching for an increased number of local satellite groups would be invaluable.
Anyone who would like to join us on the walk is urged to contact Richard Taylor and if you feel able to contribute and sponsor the walkers, please go to our Just Giving page at
In 2003, while he was Chair of North Tyneside Council, Councillor John Carter became an avid fan of badminton, attending a number of events which were staged 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. This year, as usual, the awards were presented at a Civic Reception at the North Tyneside Council Offices by the current Chair, Councillor Cath Davis. She is shown here with the two winners, Ellen Davison and Jack Tilbury, whose proud parents were also at the ceremony. Congratulations to them both!
Many of our juniors and ex-juniors will have lovely memories from earlier years of the weekend spent at Largs in late May. This has not happened for the last couple of years, while extensive works were carried out at the site, but it was back to Largs again for the Under 13 Anglo-Scottish team event over the last weekend of May. This is team manager Karen Davison’s report on a great weekend. Continue reading
BADMINTON VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS
The County Association is very pleased to acknowledge the receipt of significant grants from Sport Newcastle for three of our players. County juniors Rachel Bogan and Jamie Tinnion have both been successful in their applications for funding and both of them were members of the Under 18 team at the recent national Inter County Tournament, where they performed very creditably. Will Smith has also been recognised by the charity for his efforts to play his way into selection for Team GB at the next Paralympics.
Sport Newcastle, our local fund-raising charity which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, has provided support for our young players over many years and our Association is very appreciative of this.
Northumberland’s Under 14 team travelled north of the border on Easter Sunday to play in the annual Lothian team event. The team, most of whom were at least one year younger than the U14 limit, was: Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison, Lucy Dodd and Katrina Ho; Hugh Twelves, Jack Tilbury, James Dodd and Matthew Short. Team managers Karen Davison and David Graham sent us the following report.