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Wells Leisure Centre hosts County Badminton Schools Finals

Preston_KS3_Boys55 young people from 10 Schools across Somerset met recently at Wells Leisure Centre, managed by Avalon Leisure, to contest the third and maybe last County round of the Centre Parcs National Schools Championships. 

Six teams of boys and girls played in the U13 and U15 age groups to decide who will represent Somerset in the regional round being held at Exeter in March.

The county final was the result of qualifying matches being played in all three School Sport Partnerships.

School success is often governed by the support of local clubs and coaches; James Elkin who helps develop Badminton across the County attended the event and said that “It is great to see such enthusiastic Badminton being played at this event.  It is a good opportunity to spot previously unknown talent, and, as a result of seeing them, a number of players will be invited to join the County Squad.”

James coaches at King Arthur's Community School, which for the second year in a row won the U13 Girls competition.  Preston won the U13 Boys; another school with strong links to local coaches and a club. Helen O’Rouke and Jenny Naylor from King Arthur's school said “That they had enjoyed the trip to Wells Leisure Centre, and had fun. Winning was a bonus and it was a day that they will definitely remember.”

In the afternoon, teams from Taunton Academy, Kings of Wessex, Castle, King Arthurs, Haygrove and Sexeys competed to see who would go through for the U16 age group. The level of play throughout all matches was high since many of the players are already in the County development squads.  King Arthur’s boys once again won the title they won the previous year, and the team from the new Taunton Academy won the U16 Girls.

The match referee, Catherine Sertin, who also coaches the County squads was pleased to see new faces appearing.  She remarked that to have 1 new face would have been a bonus, but to have 10 potential new members joining the squad was excellent.

Ian Wells, the Regional Officer for Badminton England commented “The County round of the Centre Parks National Schools Competition is a great event to showcase the talent that exists in schools across the County.”

Graham Norris, Senior Competition Manager for Somerset commented “that with the cuts in government spending, the resources to pull together sub county level competition in order to run Somerset level events in the future looked very thin on the ground.  Post September 2011, many people, parents in particular, will increasingly realise just how much effort over the last 10 year has gone in to transforming school sport.  The current offer is far more than just offering a few traditional games to the most talented and able students; at the moment it is hard to see how this will be maintained.”

The winning teams now travel down to Exeter University in March to compete in the regional round.  Success will take them to the National event later in the spring.


U13 Girls

1st - King Arthurs

2nd - Crispin

3rd - Taunton A

U13 Boys

1st - Preston

2nd - Crispin

3rd CourtFields

U15 Girls

1st - Taunton          

2nd - Haygrove

3rd - Sexeys

U15 Boys             

1st - King Arthurs

2nd - Castle

3rd - Kings of Wessex