Pittville Badminton Club is a friendly, sociable club, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. We are an accredited Premier (Clubmark) Club and have something to offer junior and adult players of all levels of experience. We run weekly club nights for our members to play socially, coaching sessions (both for juniors and adults) to help players improve and arrange club socials and competitions. We also provide the opportunity for our members to represent our club in the local Gloucestershire Badminton League and in county junior competitions.
|Date||Pates Grammar School, 7:30pm - 10pm|
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|26/10/16||X2 Match||X2 Match||Club Night||Club Night|
Sun 23 Oct 2016 00:05 Chris Travis
Just a quick reminder that as it is half term, all coaching sessions will be taking a break for a week. Please note that the Wednesday coaching session will be taking a break for 2 weeks as we are unable to use the Sports Hall on Wednesday 2nd November because of a careers fair taking place at the school.
Sessions will therefore resume on:
Wednesday Junior Coaching: Wednesday 9th November
Sunday Junior Coaching: Sunday 30th October
Adult Coaching: Sunday 30th October
Enjoy the break!
Sun 16 Oct 2016 23:14 Chris Travis
Earlier this evening, 20 players from junior badminton clubs around the county (Pittville, Balcarras, GL1 and Falcons) participated in a time attack event. This style of event gives players the opportunity to put the coaching and training they receive at their clubs into practice by playing games with, and against, players from different clubs. To ensure players get to play with as many other players as possible, games are limited to 10 minutes.
All the players were able to play at least 6 games during the event. Congratulations to Connor (Balcarras) who was able to score a total of 166 points across all of his games, earning himself our novelty inflatable trophy and a box of chocolates. Also well done to Felix (Balcarras) and Matthew (Falcons) who scored 160 and 158 points, respectively.
Whilst we were totalling up the scores, we set players the challenge of having to backhand low serve shuttles into a target. Anyone who managed it won some chocolate. We were really impressed and pleased to find out that we didn't have much chocolate left by the time we had calculated the final scores, so well done to everyone!
Once again this style of event seemed to go down really well and we hope all players enjoyed it. We are looking to run these events every couple of months so keep an eye out for details of the next event!
Wed 28 Sep 2016 00:17 Chris Travis
Please remember that there isn't a junior coaching session or senior club night this evening (Wednesday 28th September 2016). This is because Pates' Grammar School are holding an event which means we are, unfortunately, unable to use the sports hall. Sessions will return to normal next week.
Sun 18 Sep 2016 22:54 Chris Travis
As some of you have noticed, the Cheltenham Half Marathon is taking place next Sunday (25th September). As such, various roads around the centre of Cheltenham will be closed (totally or partially) roughly between 8:00am and 2pm.
We wanted to point this out as the road closures may affect your ability to get to All Saints' Academy for our sessions.
In previous years, roads have only been closed in the direction the runners will be running - so it may be possible to drive in the opposite direction. Roads are also re-opened as soon as the last runner has finished that part of the course, so you should find that the roads South of the city centre will re-open a lot earlier than those in the North. There will obviously be a lot of traffic in any case, so please take this into account. If you are able to make it to All Saints' then we will be there!
Sun 04 Sep 2016 18:53 Chris Travis
Yesterday, 12 of our players crossed the Severn to take on Wandering Star B.C. in the fourth Annual Pink Shuttlecock Tournament. We played against 10 of their players at Cardiff University's Sports Training Village - a really nice venue that must be able to support at least 15 badminton courts across their 3 sports halls! It was great to have so many players competing from both clubs which meant that at one point we had 5 courts on the go - curse those other bookings kicking us off!
Despite the Welsh rain doing its best to put a downer on the day, we all had a fantastic time, playing a whopping 54 games in 3 hours! Unfortunately we weren't able to bring the pink shuttlecock back to Cheltenham, "just" being pipped to the post with a final score of 34 - 20. Luckily however, there was plenty of food, drink (and more rain) to drown our sorrows in afterwards.
We were pleased to be able to join Wandering Star in thanking Geof, who had recently stood down as their treasurer after holding the role for many years. On behalf of our club, Paul P presented a "replica" pink shuttlecock trophy (although the original successfully made it to the restaurant, it accidentally got left in the car and sent home again, luckily we were prepared and had a backup!) to Wandering Star in recognition of their 4th tournament win.
A big thank you to Ben and the rest of Wandering Star for organising and hosting the tournament, and of course to all the players for making the journey to compete! A few photos of the event and the score cards can be seen below. More photos are available in our photo gallery.
We'd love to have more of our players getting involved so that we can keep growing the tournament, so keep an eye on your inboxes for details of next year's tournament as it will be our turn again to host it in Cheltenham.
Sun 04 Sep 2016 16:31 Chris Travis
That's all folks! Last Wednesday was the last of our Summer Club Night sessions. This Wednesday's Club Night marks the start of the 2016/17 Season. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has attended our Summer Club sessions over the last few months.
Those who have been members for a few years may remember that we used to take a break during the summer holidays. However, in 2014, after seeing an increase in membership and with some funding support from BADMINTON England, we were able to support a switch to running Summer Club sessions all the way through summer. We saw an average of 16.7 players attending our summer club that year. Last year, we saw a slightly better turnout, with an average of 17.1 players. However, we have completely smashed that record this summer, with an average of 23.5 players getting on court to play games with us! This is also the first summer where we have had enough players to have all 4 courts in continuous use at every session. So, a massive thank you goes to everyone who popped down for some games this Summer.
Some additional interesting Summer Club 2016 stats: