To be played week commencing 13 Jan 2020:
BLACKBURN SENIORS B v WESTHOLME
BLACKBURN SENIORS A v ACCY FLYERS
INDEPENDENTS v BLACKBURN SENIORS C
COLLEGE v HIT&MISS B
Blackburn & District Handicap Tournament Week 18-22nd November, 2019
In the men’s singles a very healthy group of six gents battled it out as one group. At the end of it, the last man standing was Tyler Allen from Blackburn Seniors, with Graham Robinson from Westholme, close at his heels and looking like he could go on playing! Unfortunately, the ladies’ singles had to be cancelled as only two ladies had entered the competition.
In the ladies’ doubles, the Westholme ladies went head to head in group one as the cousins, Lucy Gallagher and Jenn Trethewey, faced Mum and Auntie, yours truly, with Jenny Brookfield. The promising Blackburn Seniors youngsters, Amie Gregson and Ciara Hickey, were also in this group. The second group of ladies comprised two Blackburn Seniors pairings, Claire and Honey Edmundson, and Mel Rushton and Helen Shanks; joining them were Val Bertenshaw and Kath Riley from Goodshaw. Both groups played best of three, with many games going to three, often right up to the wire. In the final, Jenny Brookfield and Claire Banfield from Westholme, met Claire and Honey Edmundson, in a repeat of last year’s final. The handicapping was spot on as the game again went to three, this time with the Westholme ladies coming out on top.
The men’s doubles tournament had a similar six pairings split in to two groups, each playing the best of three games. In group one, father and son, Nigel and David Holt from Goodshaw, played Luke Quigley and Lewis Gregson from Blackburn Seniors, along with the College pairing of Paul Ainscoe and James Aldred. In the adjacent group, another Goodshaw couple, Dean Bertenshaw and Steve Grantham, took on a second pairing from College, Will Pang and Josh Li, along with Sam Ashton and Peter Elliott from Hit & Miss. As in the ladies’ tournament, the excellent handicapping resulted in many close games going to three. In the final, Nigel and David Holt faced last year’s losing finalists, Sam Ashton and Peter Elliott. The first two games could not have been closer: 21,20 and 19, 21, before the Goodshaw couple romped home to victory in the third game.
In the mixed doubles’ tournament (fortunately on the next day as I struggled to get out of bed!) ten couples from: Blackburn Seniors, Westholme, Goodshaw, Hit & Miss and College were divided in to two groups, this time just playing one game. Group 1 consisted of the following players: Chris Peel and Mel Rushton; Rick Smith and Claire Edmundson; Luke Quigley and Helen Shanks; Hefin Parry and Claire Banfield; and the ever smiling Nigel Holt and Kath Gillan. In group 2, the reigning champions, Abdul Malik and Julie Bates faced David Holt and Becky Hayes; Joe Lambert and Becca Grimshaw; Matt Shuker and Amie Gregson; and Paul Ainscoe and Cecile Planque. There were many competitive games, played in the best of spirits during this mixed tournament. Dive of the day certainly goes to Chris Peel: I was lucky enough to capture this on film if you look in the gallery. As he picked himself up and dusted himself down, Chris’s words were, ‘I owe it all to Steven Smith’ (whose birthday it happened to be that day – Happy Birthday, Steven!
Despite some close games, the players and spectators were not surprised to see the Clash of the Titans as Rick and Claire, winners of their group, played against Abdul and Julie in the final. Bandaged to the hilt, the Hit & Miss old stalwarts (I’ve known them a long time; I know I can get away with that…just!) gave those who had stayed to watch (and I think this was most of us!) a final worth waiting for. In the last moments of the match, Julie told Abdul how to serve before finishing it off with a punishing cross court winner.
Thanks must go to Claire Edmundson for organising the tournament so efficiently. Also for the unspoken support from Mum/Grandma Prue. I’ve spent a long time typing this up rather than just giving you the results of each tournament. I feel it is important to recognise the teams: Blackburn Seniors, College, Westholme, Goodshaw and Hit & Miss who supported these tournaments, and the players who gave their time and effort to participate.
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Badminton England National Volunteer Conference 2020 – Registrations now open!
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Badminton England National Volunteer Conference 2019, we are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for next year’s conference!
The 2020 Badminton England National Volunteer Conference will take place on Saturday the 14th March 2020 at the ICC in Birmingham, and we would like to invite all volunteers who keep badminton running to attend!
The aim of the 2020 conference is to improve the experience of volunteering within badminton, so volunteers feel more valued in the community and by Badminton England. We want to arm our volunteers with the appropriate tools and knowledge to play a key role locally in increasing the number of people play badminton.
The 2019 conference focused mainly on volunteering, and key aspects of recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers within clubs and league. Following feedback from the first conference, the 2020 event will look to include more aspects of club development and support, giving attendees the choice of a wide range of learning topics with practical tips which can be implemented within their local club, league or county association.
Tickets for the conference are priced at £10 per person which includes a full day’s attendance at the conference (including two workshop choices), lunch and a ticket to watch the Yonex All England Semi-finals (evening slot), 5pm – 10pm.
To register and book your place at the conference, please CLICK HERE
For more information on the conference or to book a place, please visit the Badminton England website: https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/play/give-your-sport-a-helping-hand/
We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Volunteer Conference!
Nominations for the 2020 Yonex Volunteer of the Year awards are now open!
The two categories this year open for nominations are for the Yonex Young Volunteer of the Year (14-18 years) and the Yonex Volunteer of the Year (19 years and above).
To read about last year’s Volunteer of the Year and Young Volunteer of the Year winners, Phil Jones and Imogen Eagles, click here!
The winner of each award will be invited to the Volunteer Awards presentation (along with one guest) on Saturday 14th March 2020 at the Yonex All England Open Championships at Arena Birmingham. This will include best seats in the house tickets to watch the evening performance. The Volunteer of the Year winner will also receive an overnight stay for two and be part of one of the presentation parties for the finals on Sunday 15th March.
To nominate a volunteer for either of the two awards, please complete the nomination form as fully as possible. The applications will be judged by an independent panel based on your information below.
Please note the nomination is to recognise the volunteers contributions to badminton during 2019 only.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 13th December 2019.
Monday 18th November- men’s and ladies singles
Tuesday 19th November- level doubles
Wednesday 20th November- mixed doubles
Cost: £5 per player, per event
Closing date: Saturday 16th November at 12pm
Entries can be sent directly to Claire E on 07957138914 or by email detailing partner’s name (where relevant):
I have been contacted by the Lancashire secretary and the fees of £3.25 per player are now due.
Please send them as a cheque to Lancashire Badminton Association, including a list of the players you are registering.
Send your cheque and list to:
61 Schofield Road
The deadline for the registration money is 31st October, but I’ll wait until the week after and post them en masse on Friday 8th November.
BAE are still offering grants of £500 to encourage more people to start playing>
You can view the form to apply here:
Due to St Mathews being unable to provide a team for the coming season they have withdrawn from the league.
All fixtures with St Mathews are now cancelled.