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.
And so, another year gone already and it’s off to Nottingham for the 52nd running of the Under 18 Inter County Tournament. With a young team and lacking several of the stronger players of recent years, we had no great expectations other than not finishing in the bottom group. After a tough start we had a great finish with a run of 5 matches undefeated, placing us 27th of the 35 competing teams, only two places down on the 2016 result. County Coach Rob Wetherell was pretty pleased with the overall performance, as were his assistants Ellie Roberts (recently qualified at Level 2) and David Murray.
The team was Abby Grogan, Anna Railton, Maddy Atkinson, Rachel Bogan and Sarah Bambrick; Alex Jay, Ashraf Alam, George Moran, Jamie Tinnion and Melvin Cherian. Four of them were new to the ICT and this can be very daunting, given that the atmosphere is always very vibrant and noisy. Continue reading
Our Under 18 team have just returned from Nottingham where the 52nd Inter County Tournament took place in the run-up to Easter. The team travelled back, buoyed by their success in the second half of the competition, having notched up five successive wins. They “only” finished 27th of the 35 competing teams, but given our relatively limited playing resources, this was a fine result and pretty much as good as we could have expected. A fuller report will follow shortly.
The team was Abby Grogan, Anna Railton, Maddy Atkinson, Rachel Bogan & Sarah Bambrick; Alex Jay, Ashraf Alam, George Moran, Jamie Tinnion & Melvin Cherian. They were managed by Richard Taylor & Ellie Roberts and accompanied by coaches Rob Wetherell and David Murray. Daniel Tinnion also joined us at the event where he worked as a volunteer Young Official.
Congratulations to Martin Fagan and Ellie Roberts who have both moved one step up the coaching ladder. Martin is now a Level 3 Coach and Ellie was successful at Level 2. Very well done to both of them. They are already a great asset to the County and will continue to be so.
The Anglo-Scottish League event for Under 15s took place this weekend at Tyneside Badminton Centre, with six teams from north and south of the border competing. Yorkshire brought a strong team and took the honours with their 12-3 win over Lothian in the deciding match. Northumberland, with a very young and inexperienced team, found the going quite tough but still produced some encouraging performances on the way to finishing in fifth place, just being pipped by Cumbria. Continue reading
A couple of months ago, Ellie Roberts received a “Local Heroes” award from Sport Newcastle for her volunteering work with young badminton players in our county. She followed this up being nominated as Badminton England’s Young Volunteer of the Year and was a guest at last week’s All England tournament where the award was to be announced. She was one of three on the shortlist but did not quite make the top spot. Thanks, Ellie, for all your good work this season.
The Annual Dinner of Sport Newcastle took place recently at the Civic Centre. It was a big night for the charity – a 50th anniversary celebration – but also for our Emily Harrison who was named as one of this year’s “Rising Stars of Sport”. Emily has had great success in recent years, winning a number of BE Circuit tournaments or reaching the later stages of several events and this season she has made herself a fixture in the Seniors first team. This is the first Rising Stars award for one of our junior badminton players for some 12 years and was very well merited. Well done, Emily – pictured here with her trophy, an engraved clock.