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Pittville Badminton Club is a friendly, sociable and ambitious 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.

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Badminton Gloucestershire Junior Charity Tournament 2019

Wed 12 Jun 2019 23:59 Chris Travis

Hi Everyone, Here's the information about the upcoming junior charity tournament that I've spoken about at the end of our coaching sessions. Entry is open to junior players from Gloucestershire based clubs and schools. However, players who have entered a national circuit tournament or ICT should not enter. The tournament consists of both singles and doubles competitions, with separate events for boys and girls, and different age groups:

  • KS2 (School Years 4-6)
  • KS3 (School Years 7-9)
  • KS4 (School Years 10-11), plus sixth form

Players will obviously need a partner for the doubles competitions. Players should talk to each other at coaching sessions to decide who they will partner up with. However, if you are struggling to find someone then please make sure you speak to one of our coaches and we can help you find a partner.

This year the tournament will raise money for the James Hopkins Trust Children's Charity.

Date: Saturday 29th June 2019
Start Time: 12 noon (KS3 and KS4), 3:30pm (KS2)
Venue: Bournside Sports Centre
Cost: £4 per player, per event
Entry Deadline: Wednesday 26th June 2019

Download Primary School Entry Form

Download Secondary School & Sixth Form Entry Form

If parents would like to double check if this tournament is suitable for their child(ren), or if you have any other questions, then please get in touch by e-mail or speak to me at a session.

County AGM 2018/19

Wed 12 Jun 2019 15:20 Chris Travis

Hi Everyone, I went to the County AGM last night and thought I'd do a quick round-up of things that were discussed that you might be interested in. If you want more detail then you can read all the end-of-season reports here. Plus the full minutes of the AGM will no doubt shortly be published on their website too.

Overall, I was really pleased with how the season has gone this year for the County. Compared to previous years, it does feel like things have improved in a number of areas: competition results have improved across the board, there's been better engagement with the local grassroots junior pathway, work with a number of schools to improve provision in PE and to encourage young players etc. That's not to say there aren't still issues, or things can't be improved - however, it was great to hear that the County had already recognised most issues almost every time someone brought one up, and already had plans to address them. If anyone from County is reading this - good job! 👍

Anyway, on to the summary:

  • They released their new website at the beginning of the season. If you don't know much about the County or Performance Centre, then this is a great place to learn about them, and to keep up-to-date.
  • U18 team finished 22nd of 32 at the Annual Inter Counties Tournament (ICT) - up 8 places on last year.
  • U21 team finished 14th of 16 at 17-21 English County Challenge - up 2 places on last year.
  • County 1st team finished 5th of 8 in South West Div2.
  • County 2nd team finished 5th of 8 in South West Div3.
  • O45's - O45 Masters County Champions again, and runners up at the O45 County Challenge Weekend.
  • O60's finished 2nd in Midlands Div.
  • There are plans to set up monthly senior county training/practice sessions. Sounds like they won't just be for those playing in the county teams, but also for those working their way up to that level, who aren't that far off.
  • There wasn't an U16 county team this season, and there won't be next season, due to having a lack of girls in that age group. Encouraging suitable girls into county training sessions will be an area of focus. It's likely there will be at least 1 competition next season purely aimed at encouraging more girls to play/compete. In lieu of formal competition, a number of friendlies will be organised for U16 players.
  • Plea for more Masters players. Next season there will be O45 and O60 teams again, but there's opportunity to enter teams into the other age groups too: O40 O45 O50 O55 O60 (4 ladies and 4 men per team) O65 O70 (3 ladies and 3 men per team). Get in touch here if you are interested.
  • The KS3 junior league was well attended this season (10 teams), with the KS4 junior league a little smaller (5 teams). It's good to have so many teams entering. Next season, some of the players should transition from KS3 to KS4 which will help even out the entries between the 2 leagues a little. It would be nice to have a wider variety of junior and school clubs entering.
  • Over 70 junior players participated in Half Court Singles Tournaments at Christmas and Easter. Also, there were over 70 entries in the Annual Junior Charity Tournament, which raised £250.
  • 8 secondary schools have received CPD sessions for their staff to help improve provision in PE. They've also had in lesson support from a coach.
  • Overall, County funds went down by ~£3k. Part of this is expected - investing in development activities in schools and the community. However, it's worth noting that tournaments, juniors, seniors, and masters all failed to cover costs.
  • Despite this, County affiliation fees will remain the same: £4.50 for adults, £2.50 for juniors.
  • County will be taking back responsibility for running some of the circuit tournaments sanctioned by BADMINTON England. This will hopefully bring in additional money to avoid county training and match fees having to be increased. However, they will need volunteers to help run the tournaments. Get in touch if you would be interested in helping out, or would like to know more.
  • Tournaments, run by the County and the Performance Centre, also need trained Umpires and Referees. If anyone is interested, there are a few training courses coming up.
    • Umpiring - Sunday 15th September and Sunday 19th January, in Birmingham.
    • Tournament Referee - Saturday 22nd June, in Bristol. There's the potential for Referees to be paid £10/hour.
  • If anyone is interested in helping with coaching sessions, then the County, Performance Centre, and local junior clubs are always on the look out for additional help. Get in touch with any of them. If you want to pursue coaching qualifications, then there are bursaries available from them, and BADMINTON England to help with the cost.
  • The Gloucestershire Restricted Tournament will be on the weekend of 28th-29th September, at Leisure@Cheltenham. This is the tournament that only players who were born, live, or are in full-time education in Gloucestershire can enter. If you are interested in potentially playing in a county team then you should be entering this tournament.
  • 1 new junior club, hopefully another to come: Glos PC have set up a new junior club, on Wednesdays, at St Peter's High School, details here. Severnside are planning on stating a new junior club at Chosen Hill School, from September.
  • The current draft development plan for the upcoming season focuses on: continued support to secondary schools to improve PE provision, improved competition opportunities for junior county players, growing the number of players at KS2/primary school level, and encouraging/developing more girls.

If you are interested in hearing more about anything in particular then feel free to speak to me, or get in touch directly with County.

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