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Stowmarket Badminton Club held its tenth annual Junior Tournament with 38 pairs in various age groups from under-10 to under-16 taking part. The aim was to invite young players from other clubs in the county to enter and this year was yet another great turn-out. From 9:30 am until 2 pm we had four courts filled with exciting matches and 95 games were completed in the allotted time.

The support from families and friends was excellent with the balcony at Mid Suffolk Sports Centre overflowing with spectators. The honours across the age groups were spread around between all the teams who entered which included Stowmarket, Ipswich YMCA, Abbeygate, Bosmere, Bury Academy, Stow Satellite and Woodbridge badminton clubs.

Under 10 Boys Winners - Ethan & Zachary (YMCA); runners up Zofia & Dan (YMCA).

Under 12 Boys Winners - Rylee & Bob (YMCA); runners up James W & Max (Stowmarket).

Under 14 Boys Winners - Laurence & Daniel (Abbeygate); runners up Lucas & Matthew (YMCA).

Under 16 Boys Winners - Chris C & Thomas Odell (Stowmarket & Bury Academy); runners up Jamal & Jacob (Bosmere).

Under 12 Girls Winners - Imogen & Eleanor (Bosmere).      

Under 14 Girls Winners - Elizabeth & Evie (Stowmarket); runners up Zarah & Katie (Bosmere & Stowmarket Satellite).

Under 16 Girls Winners - Beth & Annabel (Woodbridge); runners up Ellie & Emma (Stowmarket).

We were very lucky to have such excellent support from our senior members who assisted the club coaches on the day acting as umpires, scorers and cheerleaders.

The enthusiasm from the players and the backup from their parents was infectious and so encouraging for all the helpers making our commitment to organising and running a junior section, alongside our adult club, so worthwhile.

As a consequence Stowmarket Badminton Club have also seen the whole club prosper with youngsters representing our own club, attending county training and playing in county matches. Junior players are the way forward for any club to progress and our membership has certainly flourished because of it.

Andy Newcombe

Chairman, Stowmarket Badminton Club

Stowmarket Junior Tournament 2016

Organised by Stowmarket Badminton Club

Club Web Page Club News April 2017