Sussex Under 14’s Bronze Medal – Well done boys.

“Worthing Junior Badminton Club member and current under 14 Sussex County Badminton Champion, Dewi Rice (pictured on the right) and Littlehampton Badminton Club member Jerome Brackley travelled to Milton Keynes recently for the Under 13 National Badminton Championships. After some tough matches and battling through injuries the boys successfully won all their group matches to get to the semi-finals of the doubles, where they came up against the No. 2 seeds. They played very well, losing 21-16, 21-15 to secure a Bronze medal for their brilliant performance. Well done boys! Dewi and Jerome also won the U14 Sussex County Badminton Doubles Championships and both have been members of the Sussex County U14 squad all season.”

RUNNERS UP for Worthing Juniors! Congratulations.

“A team of 6 from Worthing Juniors entered the 4th Annual Under 17 Team Challenge at Heathfield Leisure Centre on Sunday.  Matches against each team consisted of Girls Singles, Boys Singles, Mixed, Girls Doubles and Boys Doubles, games were the best of 3 but only up to 9, (so that focused the mind!) but with a power play shuttles able to be used once in each game which was worth 2 points if you won the rally when using it!  We played against teams from Felbridge, St John’s and a combined team from East Sussex and I am very pleased to report that Worthing Juniors were Runners Up.  A fine effort from all our players and an enjoyable day, Well done everyone!”

Ladies’ Social Division

We are hoping to introduce a Ladies’ Social Division next season. It will be completely separate to the existing ladies’ divisions. If you have:

  • any ladies playing at your club who have given up playing league for whatever reason
  • any ladies who play for fun and have never considered competing
  • any teenage girls who are social players or doing GCSE sport

These are the ladies we are hoping will enter this new division. You could even enter with friends from other clubs or even your children, then you can pick your own unique team name.

If you are already playing through a club then you will pay your Badminton England affiliation through that club. If, however, you decide to get a team together with people who don’t play for an affiliated club (eg schoolgirls, friends, No Strings players etc.) you will be able to affiliate through the league “Social Hub Club” that we will be setting up for that purpose.

If you are independent of a club you will have to find courts and buy shuttles between you but there won’t be many matches so the cost won’t be too high.

Hopefully this will appeal to some women who have never thought about playing competitively. We all have friends who say they “used” to play, this is the time to get them into it and to be proactive so that we can grow our ladies’ participation together.

There will be no promotion or relegation between the social division and the main division so no chance of facing “scary” teams. (You know who you are!)

We would like to get 4 teams in each of the Worthing and Brighton leagues to start with, if possible.

We would also like a keen volunteer to set up a Facebook page for the social division so you can share pictures and stories from the games.

If you are interested in knowing more about the potential social division, please contact:

Julia.alkema1@gmail.com

This proposal is only a suggestion, investment from Badminton England club funding could be obtained to cover the majority of the costs and support this initiative. Julia is just keen to understand whether we, as a league, would want to create an opportunity to support the growth of league badminton by increasing women badminton players.