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Badminton in Herts Newsletter of the Hertfordshire Badminton Association HBA website:

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Old and New Season News Final League Results Urgent! Opportunities for clubs and their Community Badminton Networks Nathan Scofield and Beth Kirby, HSBA-HBA Young Award Winners of the Year


BADMINTON England Update

Contents ........................................................... 2 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY .................................. 2 BADMINTON England Update ........................... 2 Membership & Affiliation ................................... 2 HBA COMMITTEE .............................................. 2 Development Committee .............................. 3 BIRCHWOOD LEISURE CENTRE ................... 3 TOURNAMENTS ................................................ 3 HBA AGM .......................................................... 3 Grassroots & Junior News ................................. 4 Herts Youth Games ...................................... 4 Community Fun ............................................ 4 HSBA Awards ................................................ 4 Thanks and Good Wishes ............................. 5 Congratulations ............................................ 5 Center Parcs Schools Championships ........... 6 LEAGUE NEWS .................................................. 6 Hertford Area Badminton League ................. 6 South West Herts BL .................................... 7 Letchworth & District BL ............................... 7 SMBL League ................................................ 7 DEVELOPMENT ................................................. 7 Money for Your Club!.................................... 7 Oaklands College News ................................ 8 Wheelchair Tournament ............................... 8 Parabadminton News.................................... 8 Recent Community Events ........................... 8 NEWSLETTER NEWS ......................................... 8

The restructuring of BADMINTON England delivery we reported in our March newsletter is not going well - at least as far as London and Eastern Region, including Hertfordshire, is concerned. We believe we do not have a Regional Manager (Paul Bickerton has resigned since March); and recruitment for Participation Manager and Workforce Officers have not so far been successful. The only ray of light is Matthew Warren who has been confirmed as Partnership Manager and is also currently trying to fill the gaps as best he can. Thanks Matt! STOP PRESS: We have just heard that Matthew Warren will be leaving us at the end of this month of July. We cannot thank and praise him enough for his help and support, particularly since Hertfordshire was left without a BDO even before the re-organisation at Head Office. We wish Matthew all the best in his new job in Cambridge. The almost total lack of support from Head Office (we believe the Regional Team currently consists solely of one Participation Manager) places even more responsibility on volunteers if we are to have any chance of Hertfordshire receiving a share of BE funding. We desperately need more badminton players to volunteer and get involved through their local CBNs. (See the article on CBNs and funding.) Gill Bartlett

Membership & Affiliation Current club membership figures for Hertfordshire are:   

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Wednesday 28 August at 7.30. Herts County League Fixture meeting at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Hatfield.

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Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September Herts Open tournament at Herts Sports Village, Hatfield

Chairman;& Membership Registration County Sec

Monday 2nd September Hertford Area Fixture meeting at 7.30pm (venue to be confirmed)


Sunday 22 & 29 September Senior County (Restricted) tournaments at Birchwood LC Wednesday 16 October copy deadline

Junior Club Member (JJC): Junior Club Member (JCM): Senior Club Member:

Chairman of Selectors County Match Sec. Tournament Sec. LEAGUE coordinator

HBA newsletter

Sunday 20 October Masters (40+ and 50+) Doubles Tournaments at Birchwood LC, Hatfield Sunday 20 October NGB Development Day at HSV, Hatfield Opportunity for clubs & coaches to network. See HSP website

Development Co-ordinator Coaching Coordinator

15-22 February 2014 Herts Coach Education Week at HSV & other locations county-wide.


Malcolm Fraser * 01727 752739 Mob: 07973 820948 Hilary Anderson 01992 584494 Colin Walker 01992 422073; mob.07917 055209; Paul Widdicombe 01920 484605 Nigel Abdullah 01707 645490 Ed Lintott 01727 864240 Paul Kempster 01438 313767 mob: 07767 212428 David Bartlett * 01438 715374 Brian Jackson 01920 438561

Newsletter Editor HSBA Rep

Gill Bartlett * 01438 715374 Ken Winchester Hertford Area Colin Jackson Rep SWHIBL Rep Martin Winstone 01923 235338 07801 712887 North Herts Rep Bob Green * 01462 640647 * Also members of the Development Committee

TOURNAMENTS SENIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP The Annual Senior County Championship formerly known as the County Restricted will take place on nd Sunday 22 September 2013 (Singles) and Sunday th 29 September 2013 (Doubles & Mixed). Entry forms are now available on our web site or send an email to the Tournament Referee Paul Widdicombe at Entries close 15 September 2013

Development Committee


The Badminton Herts Development Committee currently consists of those marked * together with the following representatives of partner organisations

A Veterans Tournament for those age 40+ & 50+ is th planned for Sunday 20 October 2013, with level and mixed doubles events in both age groups and restricted to non senior county players.

H O Contact , James Craig, Participation Manager London & Eastern Region 07725 413873 Herts Sports Partnership Peter Simmons, HSP Liaison Officer for NGBs A-L

Herts SDO

Ben Vranjkovic, Stevenage SDO (prev).

This tournament is geared towards club standard vets so enter now by finding the form on our web site or send an email to the Tournament Referee Paul Widdicombe at Entries close 30 September 2013

BIRCHWOOD LEISURE CENTRE Herts Badminton Association are delighted to announce that they are entering into an agreement with Birchwood Leisure Centre for exclusive use of its 4 court hall from 9am to 9pm every Sunday during the year.

HBA AGM The HBA AGM was held on Tuesday 4 June 2013 at Birchwood Leisure Centre. In addition to the now established tradition of refreshments (wine and nibbles), and the usual Reports on Activities, election of officers, President and Vice Presidents, and Presentation of Trophies to League winners, Matthew Warren (Eastern Region Partnership Manager) gave a presentation on the BADMINTON England Whole Sport Plan. Unfortunately we were subsequently denied permission to share the presentation on our website.

The courts will be available for junior, senior and vets county matches, and senior & junior tournaments, which will have priority. Although tournaments may use courts for the whole day, most matches will not, and courts will be available before and after matches for other users to book. Courts will also be available every Sunday when no priority events are scheduled. This means there will be opportunities for affiliated clubs and coaches to enjoy and make use of the facilities at a discounted cost on an ad hoc or regular basis, subject to availability.

The big impact of BE’s abolition of JJC status (Junior member of a Junior Club) was explained during the discussion on proposed County fees for the coming season, and the proposal accepted as follows: Senior fee unchanged at £3.70; Junior fee £1, with a 50% rebate to Junior clubs. . The meeting also approved the new Constitution.

If you or your club are interested in hiring courts at a very attractive £5 per court hour please email Colin Walker at to discuss your requirements and court availability. Colin will continue to be the contact and administer bookings for the first year.

It was a pity that the meeting was so poorly attended, and that even some clubs who had trophies to receive couldn’t be bothered to turn up.

However, members are reminded that that the Committee are always looking for potential helpers on the Committee – especially any of you with marketing or promotional experience, or someone willing to help find advertisers for the newsletter! If you’re interested or think you can help, contact Malcolm Fraser tel 01727 752739; mob: 07973 820948 email or Gill Bartlett: 01438 715374 or

REMINDER Malcolm Fraser reminded us of the importance of the Sport England Activity survey results for continued funding, and urged everyone responding to these telephone questionnaires to stress that they played badminton regularly – and encourage any family and friends contacted for the survey to do so too!


Grassroots & Junior News Herts Youth Games

Community Fun Following the success of the event last year, Welwyn Hatfield Council organised a Community Fun Day in April at Campus West. As the rooms were small, there was some very creative use of space, and none more so than badminton in the 8 foot high dance studio.

Stop Press results of the Herts Youth Games badminton tournament played Sunday 7 July at Wodson Park. Different venue brought several changes to the format: the tournament was played on five courts with no team breaks over the afternoon (instead of a whole day), and parents watched from a viewing court close to the action.

With new Level 1 coaches Beth Kirby and Nathan Schofied on hand to coach and organise, the activity proved very popular and great fun for a range of would-be players from a 4 year old hitting a balloon to

The tournament results were also based on points won, instead of point difference as in previous years. See results below: District team Dacorum Welwyn Hatfield East Herts North Herts Three Rivers St Albans Hertsmere Watford Stevenage Broxbourne

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

youngsters just hitting across the BISI nets to each other, and adults learning back-hand serves for the first time. With the range of ages and two nets in the limited space, Beth and Nathan were kept fully occupied from 11am to 4pm. Taking badminton to the community in this way is the obvious next step after open days and taster session in sports centres. Recent “Taking badminton to shoppers” activities at the Galleria, for example, have also been successful – and led new potential members to clubs local to them. We need to increase participation – more club members as well as more regular casual players - if we are to keep the current level of Sport England funding to BADMINTON England and ultimately to us in Hertfordshire. If the community idea appeals to you, but you’d like more information or just discuss what we did, contact Dave or Gill Bartlett.

Winning team Dacorum, with their Team Manager


HSBA Awards Every year HSBA ask for nominations from HSBA and HBA committee member, as well as coaches and clubs, for a Young Coach of the Year and a Young Administrator of the Year. Both nominees must be aged 21 or under by April 30th 2013. Beth Kirby and Nathan Scofield, who obtained their Level 1 qualification early this year, were both nominated for Coach of the Year. Both were longstanding junior members of Comets JBC, and after progressing to senior clubs continued to attend junior

Silver medallists, Welwyn Hatfield

All 3 top teams significantly improved their performance th st from last year: Dacorum from 6 to 1 ; Welwyn th nd th rd Hatfield 8 to 2 ; East Herts from 9 to 3 .


factory. He started a badminton club there, and (with others) created the Stevenage Works league. At this time he also played for Herts County team, was elected to the HBA committee where he became a County Selector, eventually being elected President.

club sessions as helpers and later as Level 1 coaches. They both proved their value as thoughtful and insightful coaches, as well as their loyalty and dependability - often turning up at 6pm for club sessions after a full day of playing and other commitments!

His influence on junior badminton opportunities, particularly in the 70’s, was similarly far-reaching. With Malcolm Fraser, Fred was instrumental in forming the Herts Schools Badminton Association, and was elected coach and selector to the Herts County Junior team. Malcolm and Fred spent many Sundays transporting the team to matches throughout the Eastern region, and Fred later became selector for the Eastern Region Junior team.

As HSBA had received no Administrator nomination, and preferred not to “split” the Coach Award, it was decided to give the Coach Award to Nathan, and the Administrator Award to Beth, who in addition to her

It was while he was injured and unable to play that Fred decided to coach full time in local secondary schools. He realised keen and talented youngsters were not being accepted by local adult clubs. So he began a coaching club for youngsters 6-18 years old at John Henry Newman school. In this venture he was ably helped by Pam, his wife, who undertook many of the administrative tasks, including their successful application for Premier Club status. When Shephall Sports Hall opened the club moved there, becoming known as SCOBE (Stevenage Centre of Badminton Excellence) under leadership of Fred and Pam’s son, Bruce, but with Fred retaining an active interest and Pam continuing with admin. Fred was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to badminton over so many years, but his true reward and legacy are the many players he coached, some of whom played for the County or for their University, and many of whom are still playing in local clubs.

Beth & Nathan in action at WH Community Fun Day

coaching had also given much of her time and talents to administration while helping at tournaments and other event. If your club has helped your young players take their first step to become coaches – or volunteer helpers – let us know for publication in the Newsletter. We need young coaches to develop our sport. Many of our coaches are either working full-time in other careers (and not available in daytime) or retired (and – dare I say it – less likely role-models for young players because they are nearing the end of their active days on court). Coaching offers suitable young players a more lucrative way of earning money than shelf-filling. There are currently an increasing number of opportunities for other activities immediately after schooltime and imminently suitable for young player organisers – such as SmashUp


Thanks and Good Wishes

Congratulations to Gail (nee Emms) and Natalie (nee Munt) on the birth of their babies (Sorry, no pictures!):

Fred with his Lifetime Achievement Award for services to badminton at the HSP Sports Awards in October 2009

It is with regret that we have to report the end of an era, with the retirement of Pam and Fred Chinnery, and the closure of their junior badminton club after more than forty years.

Oliver, Gail’s second child, born 7th May Sophie & Olivia, born 18th May to Natalie.

East Herts Community Sports Awards 2013

Fred himself has a long badminton history as player and coach. He first played badminton in Middlesex around 1945, organising teams to play in the local works leagues. About the same time as he was selected to play for the Middlesex County team he decided to qualify as a coach.

Congratulations to Matthew Widdicombe, who was named Young Sports Performer of the Year at the East Herts Community Sports Awards 2013, held on 18 July at the Hertford Theatre,. Proud dad Paul received the award on his behalf, as at the time Matthew was in Denmark at a European Badminton Summer Camp .

He moved to Stevenage New Town in 1955, to find there were few organised sports clubs in this part of Hertfordshire. So he persuaded the management of British Visqueen to mark out a badminton court in the middle of their spacious


Next Newsletter Deadline 16 October 2013. Gill Bartlett;

So SCD finished 2nd in the box leaving them in play-offs for positions 4-6 against Minster and Guildford High. The Minster match was pretty frustrating as the whole match was decided by a 21-20 defeat in the last game . The match against Guildford High School, spearheaded by Samodani Weijtunge (the No 1 U15 girl in England), was tougher. April picked up No 2 singles and No 2 doubles with Olive but Ellen and Ashley could not totally cut Samodani out of the doubles (although they had a good try!) and so lost 21-19 making it a 3-2 win to Guildford. The final position for St Clement Danes was a creditable 6th.

Center Parcs Schools Championships Unfortunately the Verulam U16 Boys team of Daniel Fox, Harry Kuill-Jones, Pavitar Singh and Charlie Holmes, and the Presdales U16 girls team of Kate Hill, Mollie Georgina Graham, Charlotte Clarke & Eloise Tarry did not get through the Regional Finals played in Cambridge at the end of March. However, both Herts U14 teams successfully won through to the finals at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in April. The sun was shining on the weekend of 20/21 April, but the main action was indoors as 36 teams from secondary schools across England battled to become the 2013 National Schools’ Badminton Champions at U14 and U16 age groups.

Upton-by-Chester won the girls’ event, dropping just 2 games all day. In between matches, players had the opportunity to meet and chat to special guests ex-GB internationals Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms as well as rising GB star Rhys Walker. This event is a lot of fun and a real eye-opener for less experienced players.

The two U14 teams representing Eastern Region were the Monks Walk (Welwyn Garden City) team of Chris Adey, Jack Kimber, Matthew Harden, Nima Karshenas and Calum Wilson, and the St Clement Danes’ (Chorleywood) team of Ellen Jennings, April Miller, Ashley Eales and Olive Coles.

Christine Adey & Caroline Jennings

There were nine schools in each of the U14 categories. These were seeded and split into three groups of three for Round 1. The results of Round 1 determined the groupings for the next round, in which schools competed for the final placings.

LEAGUE NEWS Herts County League Congratulations to all the winning teams of the Herts County league for the 2012/13 season. The final results were as follows:

U14 Boys’ Event After a great start Monk’s Walk suffered a 5-0 defeat by Trentham High School from Staffordshire. Given that this team consisted of five county players, led by England player, Jack Buckley, the team were not too disheartened and were delighted to finish second in their box, putting them in the play-offs for positions 4-6. In Round 2, Monk’s Walk lost 4-1 to Bournemouth Collegiate after some close, hard-fought games. Finally, they faced Tapton School from Yorkshire. A win would secure fifth place. Hopes were high after Chris Adey won his singles. Tapton evened the score with a doubles win against Matthew Harden and Nima Karshenas. In the second singles match, Jack Kimber and his opponent were very evenly matched but the Yorkshire boy closed out the match at 21-18. Chris Adey and Matthew Harden won their doubles to make it two games all, but Tapton won the deciding game, leaving Monk’s Walk in sixth place overall.

Mens division 1

Ware 1

Mens division 2


Ladies division 1

Ware 1

Ladies division 2


Mixed division 1

Ware 1

Mixed division 2

Ware 3

Mixed division 3


Steve Willis receiving trophies from HBA President Bob Welsh, who was reelected for another term

The trophies were presented at the AGM meeting to those club representatives present, and will be handed back out to the winning clubs at the fixture meeting in the Wellfield room at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Hatfield, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th August.

Trentham High School won the boys’ event to become U14 Boys National Champions after a nail-biting final against Denbigh School from Milton Keynes.

League entry forms for the next season will be circulated to clubs during July to be returned to Paul Kempster at the beginning of August.

U14 Girls’ Event

The Good News is that Nigel Abdullah has come forward and taken on the role of County Match Secretary. Welcome, thanks and good wishes to him for a smooth and uneventful first season!

St Clement Danes found itself playing North London Collegiate School headed up by a name familiar in junior badminton circles - Keya Patani. So the first game on was quite poignant from a Herts' perspective - Ellen Jennings v Keya Patani. It was a real nail-biter with Ellen squeaking a 21-20 win. The final score was 5-0 to SCD but it was a tougher match than the score suggests.

The Bad News is that, after many years of service, Paul Widdicombe is planning to retire from his position as Chairman of Selectors. See the job description on HBA website, or contact Paul Widdicombe for details.

Next up was Upton-by-Chester, definitely the seeds in the box. Upton-by-Chester school shares sports facilities with the West Cheshire Performance Centre and all 4 girls in the school team train there. In fact they had the top 3 U15 Cheshire girls plus another U15 county player - strength in depth in spades! St Clement Danes were overpowered, with the only win being Ellen Jennings at No 1 singles with another 21-20 nail-biter.

Hertford Area Badminton League The Hertford Area League AGM was held on Monday 13 May, at the end of the first season that results had been entered by clubs into FixturesLive. At the meeting it was agreed that clubs would now also enter fixture dates at the


start of next season. Thanks were given to Kevin Martin who stood down as Results Secretary. No-one was nominated at the meeting to replace him, so if anyone is interesting in joining the committee and perhaps taking on this role, please contact Simon Carter on 01438 238876 or email

SMBL League

The 2013 league winners were as follows:

DEVELOPMENT Money for Your Club!

Medley Premier

Wizard A

Medley Division 1


Medley Division 2

Phoenix Feathers

Mens 4s Premier

Wizard A

Mens 4s Division 1


Mens 4s Division 2

Stanstead Abbotts B

Ladies 4s Premier

Wizard A

Ladies 4s Division 1


Ladies 4s Division 2

St Georges

Mixed 6s Premier

Stanstead Abbotts

Mens 6s Premier


Div 1: Masters (7 teams) Div 2: Vauxhall B (7 teams) Div 3: Academy (8 teams)

Current re-organisation means funding is available for clubs through your local CBN. Community Badminton Networks (CBNs) are open to organisations and individuals who are passionate about or just involved in badminton opportunities. Ideally a CBN meeting would be attended by representatives of local authority sports officers, badminton facilities, local schools, local clubs, CBN officers, coaches - anyone who wants to help develop badminton in the area, or wants help to develop their own badminton projects. As explained in our March newsletter, one of the results of the Head Office restructuring is that basic development of our beloved game (apart from elite level) will depend almost entirely upon the efforts of County and local organisations to obtain funding through their CBNs (Community Badminton Networks). Funding from Head Office is available – provided the CBN produces a development plan which is approved by the Regional Team Manager and/or Head Office.

The entry fee of £5 a team was maintained for the new season and the date of the Monday 2nd September 2013 was set for the fixtures meeting at 7.30pm (venue to be confirmed). New clubs wishing to enter the league next season are always welcome. Entry forms are available on the website or alternatively contact Simon Carter for more information. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 31st July.

Welwyn Hatfield and West Herts are two CBNs which have been chosen to pilot this programme before it is due to start nationally (in September, we believe). Both WHCBN and West Herts CBN are currently preparing their development plans, mainly with input from those organisations who attend their meetings. At the moment these draft plans include ideas to develop a workforce of coaches, young Leaders and Apprentices in schools, volunteer Activators in University and Colleges.

South West Herts BL Congratulations to the League’s winning teams of the 201213 season. They were: Ladies 4 (11 May) Div 1 Vauxhall 1

Div 2 Warners End

Div 3 Vauxhall 3

Medley (7 May) Div 1 Comets

Div 2 Cheverells

STOP PRESS: CBN plans now needed by all 4 CBNs by 31 July to secure their funding. Because BE funding depends upon increasing weekly participation (as measured in Sport England Active People telephone surveys), plans also include promotion of Smash Up in secondary schools, No Strings, No Strings Essentials, facility-run weekly sessions, and taking badminton into the community – for example into shopping centres or community events.

Mens 6 (14 May) Div 1 Comets (on points from Gadebridge)

Div 2 Kings Langley

Mixed 6 (7 May) Lockers Park Mens 4 (1 May) Harpenden Racqueteers

Letchworth & District BL

If your club wants to develop, contact your CBN now to discuss your needs. Even better,if you can see opportunities to increase participation in your area regular social players may go on to join a local club, for example -please get in touch or attend the occasional meeting to share your ideas. Everyone is welcome! See contact details, below:

We have to report that the L & DBL website was taken down by the host after apparently discovering some pages contained malicious code and (at the time of publication) the site was not yet back up! Div 1, winners Highbury, second Royston. Div 2, winners Codicote, second Redhoods B. Best mixed pair award: Phil Skinner & Hannah McLaren.


CBN & Area covered


Date of next meeting

Welwyn Hatfield:Welwyn Hatfield & villages

David Bartlett 01438 715374

7pm Monday 9 September at Gosling Sports Park, WGC.

Herts West St Albans, Watford, Dacorum, Hertsmere & Three Rivers

Malcolm Fraser 01727 752739 Mob: 07973 820948 frasermalcolm1@virginm

7.30 Monday 16 September poss. Oaklands College but venue tbc.

North Herts

Bob Green tba 01462 640647 Doug Clark tba 01920 462279 douglas.clark3@ntlworld. com

East Herts

also won 2 gold medals. According to Meva “he only received a silver due to me, letting him down in the final, I have never played so badly in my life. Overall Herts Toppers did not do too badly at all”.

Recent Community Events Were you there? If not you missed a great day out at Knebworth Sports Festival in the beautiful grounds of Knebworth House on Sunday 21 July.

Oaklands College News Plans for a potential Badminton Academy at Oaklands College, St Albans are progressing, with a pilot scheme planned for the next Academic year (2013-14). In this pilot year, students who meet the curriculum and badminton criteria (ie aspiring to be elite players) will be part of the general Elite Sports Academy but with a badminton speciality. It is expected that the course will include weekly strength and conditioning sessions as well as practical coaching sessions from a specialist badminton coach, and physiotherapy available as needed - all free of charge.

Thanks to John Ridley supported by volunteers from Welwyn and Hawks BCs, badminton was one of 20 sports to try.

Goodbye and Thanks to Matthew

Academic programmes include A levels and BTEC Diplomas. Information was given out to potential Herts Squad players at the trials on 30 June, and at Oaklands College Open Day on 2 July. If you know of any other young players who might qualify for this academic year or next, and want to know more about this opportunity, contact Squad Managers or Dave Bartlett.

Wheelchair Tournament We have just heard the wonderful news that the Masons have given us a grant of £1,500 towards the wheelchair tournament, in addition to the £250 already provided by the Welwyn Hatfield Sports & Physical Activity Alliance (WHSPAA). As we are part of the Badminton England Parabadminton Circuit, Head Office will also contribute 10 dozen shuttles and trophies free of charge.

Parabadminton News Meva Singhdhesi and Martin Rooke, who won silver medals for wheelchair men’s doubles at the Para badminton Tournament Robin Hood Championships in Nottingham, this weekend. Martin

Matt Warren outlining the future of badminton in Herts as envisaged by Head Office at HBA AGM. He leaves 31July.

NEWSLETTER NEWS Advertisements Advertisements help reduce the cost of producing the Newsletter, and hopefully give added interest to readers! If you know of any potential commercial advertisers, please put them in contact with me. Even better, if you could help find prospective advertisers regularly (3 times a year), please let me know! Gill Bartlett:: 01438 715374

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