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ICT 2019 – Worcestershire Junior Report

Worcestershire Junior Report –  ICT 2019
Worcestershire juniors were extremely pleased we managed to enter a team into the ICT championships this year after failing to do so last year due to the lack of girl to field a FULL team last year.
We have been rebuilding the team this season with all our coaches working hard to get the players up to speed. We now have a real good young team where some have a potential to be in the ICT team for the next three years.
The team consisted of 5 boys and 4 girls.
Sophie Singleton
Diya Dinu
Sri Pradeepta Anantha
Emily Carpenter
Toby Beckett
Dileep Dhanda
Zak Malik
Varun Latte
Jamil Sama
There were 32 counties, this year in the event which is the lowest number of teams I’ve known for a long time. Ten years ago before I started running the County Juniors there were 44 teams. Worcestershire then came 44th. We have come a long way since. Over the past 10 years our highest placing has been 18th. So Far…..We were seeded in 2019 (25-32). So all the players knew the stats and we were on a mission to set our own benchmark with this young squad. Not one of these players had been to ICT before so it was exciting and nerve racking at the same time.
Day 1
Our first match was a local one but also against the Number 1 seeds Warwickshire. We knew it was going to be tough and we eventually lost 10-0 but a lot of good performances and a good game to get the team going. 2nd match v Lincolnshire a great effort as we were up 4-2 and getting excited. Eventually losing 6-4. Winning mixed and 2 girls singles and 1 boy’s singles. 3rd Match v Avon we lost 8-2. The girl’s singles putting up a good performance and winning both of their matches in three sets.
Day 2
4th Match v Nottingham (9/24) seeds. Strong opponents yet again so we lost 9-1 winning one boys singles. 5th Match another local battle v Hereford (9-24). A really good close hard fought match with Worcestershire eventually winning the match 6-4. Our first win at ICT we were so pleased. We won 1 mixed, girl’s singles, 1 boys doubles and both girls’ doubles.
6th Match v Northamptonshire (25/32). We knew we had a chance to win as Hereford had already beaten them. We won 8-2. GREAT DAY in the office an excellent effort from the all the players. Everyone slept well that night. Players and coaches.
Day 3
7th Match v Staffordshire. (9/24) We lost to a strong Staffordshire team but some good close matches and performances final score being 7-3. We won girls singles and both girls’ doubles. 8th Match v Oxfordshire (9/24). We played around with the team in this match, as there were a lot of tired legs and aching bodies as the schedule was relentless. We lost the match 8-2. Winning girls singles and a girl’s doubles. The matches were over for that day and we had the Disco that evening to look forward to.!!!!
With such a young team I think all of them would have preferred to go out for a pizza or play pool!!! Coaches, Team managers included…
We survived the disco.
Day 4
9th match. Only 1 more game to go v Gloucestershire (9/14 seeds). We threw everything at this last match as not saving ourselves for anything anymore. A great team effort and performance but sadly we lost 7-3. We won both girl’s singles and one boy’s singles.
Final position 24th
We are so pleased with our position especially with such a young squad.
I would like to say special congratulations to Emily Carpenter who played every game of ladies singles and doubles 16 matches in total. She won 7/8 singles only losing to Warwickshire. This was an awesome effort from her.
Also a special well done to Diya Dinu who has only been playing badminton for 18 months and has made massive strides in her development and being a big team players in this squad and representing Worcestershire for the first time.
It was a fabulous 4 days of hard work, determination, and dedication from all the players who were Proud to be part of this Team and county.
Thank You,
I would like to thank Stephanie Cartwright Randle who sponsored the Squad Including Coaches/Team Managers with Forza Kit, which brought the team together, and they looked very smart throughout.
Junior County Committee
Thank you for all your time you dedicate to put the program together. This contribution allows all the squads a clear pathway to be able to develop and compete. It gives children the chance to make friendships, learn lessons and create some fantastic memories during their County Junior Badminton Experience.
Steve Cosgrove (chairman)(treasurer)(lots of other roles)
Sarah Becket (fixtures secretary)
Luke Beckett (Team Manager)
Dave Prior (development)
Liz Hamar(Child Welfare Officer)
Stephanie Cartwright Randle (secretary)
I would like to thank our Coaches, Julia Quinn (Mann), Stephanie Cartwright Randle, Dave Prior, Ramesh Singh and Bradley Ross. Who have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically with all the players involved in this team but are also developing the younger players of the future. Without everyone’s commitment to these roles the county Junior squad would just not happen.
Parents/Team managers – A good team of parents being there for the most of the experience was great. A noisy bunch as ever. Thank you for trusting your children to our care and allowing us to push them to their limits. Thank you also for all your time and dedication in fetching and carrying you children to all the training that they do to enable them to be competitive and follow their dreams. The ICT squad was a credit to you and the County.
Worcestershire Badminton Association the senior committee for paying the entrance fees for ICT enabling the junior team to enter. Thank you from all the players.
It has been a great honor and pleasure once again to be Head Coach and part of Worcestershire Junior County.
Lorraine Cole
Worcestershire Junior Head Coach

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2018 U14 Worcestershire junior county trials

2018 u14Worcestershire are holding their County junior trails 2018 U14 and U12 

Worcestershire 2018 U14 trails are being held on 1st July. Young badminton players from all over the county should attend the junior county trials. If you are not certain how good you are then why not come tray out your skills. The county are holding the younger age groups trails following the success of their U18 and U16 event early in June.

So calling all junior clubs, PE teachers and parents, are there any young players that you feel could compete with the own age group piers, then get them to click HERE and complete the entry form. Email it over and get them entered. The day will be full of games, they may win some, they will certainly loss a couple but they will certainly learn a lot. The could even be asked to train with the county junior quad.

For more details regarding the 2018 U14 and U12 Worcestershire county junior trials the Click HERE or contact Stephanie Cartwright-Randle (WSBA Secretary) on 07976 814036 or stefcr@live.co.uk.

If you can not make the date, let Stephaniei know and she will advice on what to do next. As an individual trail can be arranged at one of the  county’s satellite sessions.

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Half-Term Training Camp – October 2017

Training Camp over the Half-Term October 20017

Although all the training for Worcestershire stops over the half-term in October 2017, our badminton colleagues the West Midlands Performance Centre are running a couple of training camps. So check out their website on the Future events page HERE. There may be something of interest to keep you going over the break. Players from the Monday nights session should look at the Emerging and Developing sessions. Players from Thursday and Sunday should look at the Potential sessions.

Lorraine Cole (Head coach at the PC) is running the session helped by several other coaches for the Emerging and Developing groups, whilst Stephanie Cartwright-Randle runs the Potentials group with other coaches. All of the sessions are held at the University of Birmingham’s new Sports and Fitness Centre in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The sessions will include and cover movement, getting you to the shuttle faster and balanced, tactics, where you should be standing and what to look for from your opponent. Then there is technique, how to hit the shuttle and fine tune what you have already mastered.

The booking forms must be completed and sent over to Lorraine, with payments made to secure you place in the sessions.

Contact either Lorraine or Stephanie regarinding the Half-term camps in October 2017

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Worcestershire 2017 U17B

7th October 2017 U17Bronze Results

2017 U17B

2017 U17B – Young Worcestershire Players Emily Carpenter and Lydia Ferris

Worcestershire Schools Badminton Association host their first Badminton England junior tournament in 2017 U17B. The Under 17 Bronze was held in the Sports Hall at Turves Green Boys school, Northfield, Birmingham. Saturday 7th October saw 60 players walk on turn to compete in the U17Bronze. Results and the scores can be found on the Badminton England website HERE. You will see that several of the games in the qualifying rounds were close 21-20’s. You cannot get much closer that that. So those winner games that tight kept their nerve, those with the 20’s can still hold their heads high.

The tournament saw some not only tight games, but loss of seeds and them some 1st and 2nd seeds in the finals.Scratch pairs and some Under 15 players made medal positions. George Railton entered both the MD and XD as partner wanted and made both semi’s, well done George, Joe and Hanna (his two partners). Emily and Lydia paired up for their first BE tournament together and won Bronze, GO GIRLS.

Here are some photos of the winners.

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2017 U17B – Mixed

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2017 U17B – Boys Singles

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2017 U17B – Scratch Pair Joe and George.

All in All a fab day and all done by 4.30pm. So those with long journeys still got home at a reasonable time.

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Volunteers 2017

WBSA are looking for Volunteers

VolunteersAs a county we are always in need of some volunteers to help with a number of jobs during the badminton season.

Jobs can be as simple as helping the coaches set up the posts and nets at the start of the session. Collecting any/all used shuttles at the end of the session and putting the equipment away.

Getting a little more involved would be, jobs like helping out at any of the tournaments we run. This involves a little more commitment during the tournament. Even getting involved in the set up and work carried out prior to the event. Lots to do and a job shared always works well.

Another job is a Team manager for matches, working with the coach to organize the team for fixture, home or away (refreshment and transport etc…). Then there is always being part of the committee, fixtures secretary, secretary, chairman etc. etc. etc. Volunteers are what make the county run more successfully. If you feel you have a little or a lot of time then contact one of the committee members or drop Stephanie a line, on either her mobile 07976 814036 or her email stefcr@live.co.uk.

Look forward to you volunteering soon.

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Junior badminton summer camp in Redditch

Redditch council and a badminton Summer Camp

Redditch badmintonRedditch and Bromsgrove council are working with the West Midlands Performance Centre and running three days of badminton. Lorraine Cole from Worcestershire School Badminton Association and the WMPC will be running the sessions at Abbey stadium in Redditch. The camp is over 3 days where she will be coaching children of all ages on how to play badminton.  All the details can be found HERE on the Redditch BC website along with instructions on how to book.

This golden opportunity from to play badminton for three days. WMPC and WSBA coach Lorraine Cole is at Abbey Staduim in Redditch.

See what it is all about and book your child’s place HERE.

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Summer Badminton

Are you interested in doing some Summer badminton?


Summer 2017Well the West Midlands Performance Centre are running a Camp of Summer Badminton at the University of Birmingham. The sessions are for four hours a day, for four days and runs for three weeks during August.

The like of Julia Mann (GB and England coach), Lorraine Cole (National Junior Coach) and other coaches will be delivering the sessions over the Summer of 2017. Full details of the Summer Camp at the new Sport and Fitness centre at the University of Birmingham.

Full details and booking forms can be found on the West Midlands Performance website HERE. The camp caters for all levels of players, from beginners who are looking to take the sport up and to the top level county players who are looking to train throughout the Summer to keep their fitness levels up. From what I believe there are other valuable sessions regarding nutrition and SnC (Strength and Conditioning) along with others.

Apparently you can do as much or as little as you like!

Don’t hang about book you Summer badminton sessions soon!

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June Tournament – Results

Worcestershire County – June Tournament

The NON-County June Tournament saw players from all over Worcestershire county, Dudley, Hagley, Kidderminster, Kingswinford, Redditch, South Birmingham and of course Worcester itself mainly form the north of the city.

The players were split in to the relevant age groups Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18. All played for medals against the other children in their groups. From what I gather the children enjoyed their experience of competitive play. There were a few loses and a few wins but most of all smiles no matter what the outcome.

The children who competed in this tournament would have been invited to the County Trials on Sunday 16 July. Some will grab the opportunity others may be a little more hesitant.

Following are some photos of the winners from All of the age groups and the different disciplines, singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

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June 2017 – Junior Badminton Tournament

June 2017 - Junior badminton tournamentJunior Badminton Tournament on Sunday 25 June 2017

This tournament is about giving young badminton enthusiasts somewhere to compete in badminton. In some cases young players have been playing badminton with family, joined a small club but have not yet had the opportunity to find out how good they are. Well on Sunday 25 June 2017 they can strut their stuff on court. They can compete against other young players of the frame of mind. They can put in to practice what they have learnt. They may win some, they may loose some, in some cases there may even be tears,but they will play to win.

june 2017 - junior badmintno associationWorcesterstershire School Badminton Association is supporting the tournament. There will be medals for each age group. There will be many coaches in the room and players from junior clubs across Worcestershire. Players who enjoy their experience and/or do well may want to take their game to the next level. There are clubs locally that may fill that need and/or the local Performance Centre (West Midlands Performance Centre), backed by the sports governing body Badminton England. If the young badminton players who participate are keen then they may want to train a little harder and join the Junior Badminton County scene. The Junior County trials are set for Sunday 16 July 2017, full details are TBC.

Full details of the Junior badminton tournament on Sunday 5 June 2017 can be found HERE. Aong with a poster for your school and an entry form for the tournament.

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