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24th/25th March Final Senior County Championship Weekend 2017/18


Avon 1 - Premiership

National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK8 9LA

24th March 2018

11:00 Avon - Leicestershire

15:40 Avon - Middlesex


25th March 2018

10:00 Avon - Sussex


Team Members: Alison Marr, Devon Minnis, Jess Hopton, Kirby Ngan, Magda Lozniceriu, Xiao Xuan Teh, Adam Porter, Chris Coles, Chris Evans, George Nicolaou, George Priestman, Geoff Ball


Avon 2 - Division 2

University of Bath (Founders Hall), Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY

24th March 2018

11:00 Avon 2 - Devon 2

14:30 Dorset - Avon 2


25th March 2018

11:00 Avon 2 - Wiltshire


Team Members: Amy Reddaway, Claire Buckingham, Lucy Manley, Pippa Larkin, Raveesha Fernando. Aidan Gibbons, Andy Craig, Jason Reading, Pablo Burns-Roa, Rob Armstrong, Tom Forsyth


Avon 3 - Division 3

The City Academy Bristol, Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9JH

24th March 2018

11:00 Avon 3 - Gloucestershire 2 

14:30 Somerset - Avon 3 


25th March 2018

11:00 Hampshire 3 - Avon 3 

Team MembersSam Phillips, Campbell Wilson, Dennis Perry, Phillip Sayer, Darren Wong, Caleb Walker, Heather Wrigglesworth, Bonny Mo, Nicola Wall, Lucy Gorham, Kat Gover, Em Temple-Redshaw


Avon 4 - Division 4

Five Rivers Health Club, Hulse Rd, Salisbury SP1 3NR

24th March 2018

11:00 Avon 4 - Herefordshire 

14:30 Avon 4 - Isle of Wight 


25th March 2018

10:30 West Glamorgan - Avon 4


Team Members: Abigail Kemp, Grace Li, Clara Fitzpatrick-Milton, Darren Chin, Harriet Mortimer, Liam Clements, Oscar Haywood

Avon 5 - Division 4

Five Rivers Health Club, Hulse Rd, Salisbury SP1 3NR

24th March 2018

11:00 Avon 5 - Dorset 3 

14:30 Avon 5 - Herefordshire 

25th March 2018

10:30 Wiltshire 2 - Avon 5


Team Members: Alice Lamb, Louise King, Aimee Morgan, Hannah Warren, Skye McCrimmond, Izzy Mullen, Paul McCrimmond, Cav Evans, Rory Farwell, Sam Hedges, Sam Weekes


Avon 6 - Division 4

Five Rivers Health Club, Hulse Rd, Salisbury SP1 3NR

24th March 2018

11:00  West Glamorgan - Avon 6 

14:30 Avon 6 - Wiltshire 2


25th March 2018

10:30 Avon 6 - Herefordshire 


Team Members: Fiach O'Rourke, Alex Smith, Rob Adams, David Bailey, Stephen Oldham, Cam Elliot, Delphi Evans, Susanna Ogden, Jane Watson, Becci Egan, Penny Scott, Lucy Denning.


South West County

Junior Badminton Championships


Calling all junior players in the South West - we need you! Come and enter the South West County Junior Badminton Championships on the 16th and 17th June. The tournament is open to all junior players affiliated with Clubs/Schools within the South West Counties BA. More information can be found in the entry form documents attached below.

It will be held in Melksham at the Christie Miller Sports Centre, Lancaster Way, Bowerhill, Melksham Wilts SN12 6QU



Saturday 16th June - U12 & U16 events 

Sunday 17th June - U14 & U18 events 

Each age group U12, U14, U16, U18 will have boys' singles & doubles and girls' singles & doubles 


Entry fees:

Doubles: £13.00

Singles: £11.00 


Entry Forms:

Saturday 16th June, Under 12 & Under 16 Events Entry Form

Sunday 17th June, Under 14 & Under 18 Events Entry Form

Closing date for entries is 8th June 2018



Coaching Courses and CPD Spring 2018 


Coaching Bursaries:

Coaching bursaries are available. Those interested in a coach education bursary will need to complete an application form and have paid for the course up front. Applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet the criteria outlined on the form – all applications will be assessed by the Education and Training Team at Badminton England. Only those that meet the criteria will be accepted. We particularly welcome applications from female coaches.

 Application form:


Level 2 Coaching Courses:

The UKCC Badminton Level 2 coaching course, taking place at Gordano School, North Somerset is now live, and available to take bookings.

The course dates are:
Day 1:                    Saturday 13th October 2018                     9am-5pm
Day 2:                    Sunday 14th October 2018                       9am-5pm
Day 3:                    Sunday 11th November 2018                   9am-5pm
Assessment:          Sunday 16th December 2018                   9am-5pm

£355 for Registered Coaches
£370 for Badminton England Members
£380 for Non-Members

To book a place, or for more information please click here. (NB: To book onto a level 2 coaching course, you must hold the level 1 coaching qualification. All learners must be 18 or over on the first day of the course unless advised otherwise).

Coaching bursaries are available and information can be found above. 


Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

For more information on the below courses and how to book please follow this link:


Marketing for Clubs: 

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 19:00-21:00, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £10 per club (Max 2 people)


QCF Emergency First Aid at Work (Sports First Aider):

Sunday 18th March, 09:00-16:00, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £58.00


Safeguarding and Protecting Children:

Monday 9th April 2018, 18:30-21:30, Odd Down Sports Ground, Chelwood Drive, Bath, BA2 2PR. Cost: £42.00

Monday 16th April 2018, 18:30-21:30, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £42.00

Thursday 3rd May 2018, 18:30-21:30, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £42.00


Coaching Opportunities:

Wesport is seeking exceptional individuals to contribute to the delivery of Wesport’s new athlete development initiative. For more information, please follow this link:


Super Sam wins singles gold Surrey U17 gold tournament




Super Sam wins singles gold Surrey U17 gold tournament From an unseeded position Avon’s Sam Weekes defeated all the opposition in a strong draw at the recent Surrey U17 gold tournament. Comfortably beating the 3/4 seed in his group he went onto the knock out stages where he won 3 very tight games to take the title. A fantastic result for a talented player with a great future ahead of him.

27th Jan Senior County Championship Weekend 2017/18


Today Avon Badminton will field 6 teams for the second time this season in the Senior County Championships. We will be the only County in the history of the competition to do so. Good luck to every player representing the county and to every team also to the Team Managers, parents and supporters. We will pack our A games. We are One Team. We are Avon. We Roll On.

Avon 1st

In the premier division, Avon 1sts are sitting in 3rd position and this weekend will play: 

Avon 1 - Glasgow & North Strathclyde

Avon 1 - Yorkshire 

Matches will be taking place at the National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK8 9LA

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Avon 2nd

In division 2, Avon 2s are sitting in 4th place and this weekend are playing fixtures against: 

Avon 2 - Berkshire

Avon 2 - Worcestershire 


Matches will be taking place at University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY

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Avon 3rd

In division 3, Avon 3s are sitting in 5th place and this weekend are playing fixtures against: 

Avon 3 - Cornwall

Avon 3 - Worcestershire 


Matches will be taking place at Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9JH

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Avon 4th & Avon 5th & Avon 6th 


Before the weekend, the standings in division 4 are as follows, Avon 4s are in 1st position,  Avon 5s are in 4th and Avon 6s in 6th with the following teams to play this weekend:

Avon 4 - Dorset 3

Avon 4 - Wiltshire 2 

 Avon 5 - West Glamorgan 

Avon 6 - Avon 5 

Avon 6 - Dorset 3


Matches will be taking place at Hulse Rd, Salisbury, SP1 3NR

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Badminton Volunteers Keen to Build On Success

By Simon Parkinson


Volunteer Success


AVON Badminton Association’s devoted volunteers say they are determined to build on the recognition they received at the recent Bristol Post Sports Awards.


An eye-watering 1,000 senior and 500 junior club members regularly take to the badminton courts under the umbrella of the association throughout North Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire, performing under the watchful and enthusiastic eye of forty-plus helpers and unpaid coaches.

Avon was shortlisted for Community Club of the Year at the Bristol Post hand-outs and although they ultimately lost out to Longwell Green Junior Football Club at the prestigious Ashton Gate presentations, the acclaim they received did, in the words of long-serving Avon Badminton development officer Penny Shears, give her dedicated team a “welcome boost”.

She said: “Naturally it was disappointing not to win the award and if we’re able to give it another go next year we’ll happily do so.

“Nevertheless it was nice to be recognised in this way as badminton in our region is really thriving and it is very much a community activity enjoyed by men and women, boys and girls of all ages and abilities.


“Last year we ran three senior tournaments and three junior tournaments which attracted hundreds of players. And it’s all organised on a voluntary basis.

“We as an organisation look after 39 senior clubs and ten junior clubs and for the more competitive players we run three senior leagues – Mid Glos, Bristol, and North Somerset – as well as an Avon Junior League, all of which provides 1,268 active members of Avon.”

Penny said of the efforts to provide more badminton opportunities for would-be players: “There’s a big push to introduce more very young people into badminton which nationally is the most popular of the racket sports.


“Badminton England and Avon Badminton Association have recently teamed up with Bristol Sport Foundation and Community Badminton to raise the profile of badminton in Bristol, a priority area to get more young people and adults playing and joining clubs by creating a ‘hub’.

“Part of this project will involve taking badminton into local primary schools using Badminton England’s primary age-focused initiative called Racket Pack."

“Bristol Sport Foundation will be delivering in 17 primary schools over the next academic year, allowing more than 1,000 children to pick up a racket and provide them with the opportunity to join a local club."


“Some of our junior teams have also been very successful. One of our Bristol representatives, St Ursula’s (Westbury-on-Trym), are national junior champions in the under-12 and under-16 age categories and Chew Valley were silver medallists at the same tournament at under-14 level."

 “When it comes to the adult competitors, Avon – we have a first team competing in the Premier Division - are the only county to run six teams in the National Senior Championships which is a tremendous achievement."

“We also have multiple world and European Masters medallists which involve players from the age of 35 up to over 70 representing Avon, which just goes to show badminton in our area really is for everyone and pathways are there to go on and represent your county and even progress to international heights.”


Penny added:  “There are lots of opportunities in the area now for people of all ages to take up the sport, socially and competitively.

 “There are avenues for social badminton through Badminton England’s No Strings initiative for adults which involves simply turning up and playing at local leisure centres (a full list of No Strings sites can be found at


“We’re delighted too that we have gold, silver and bronze medallists at various levels of Para-Badminton for players with physical disabilities."

"So we’re very inclusive and that includes the juniors who can start at four or five years’ old right through to adults up to the age of, in our case, 78!”

Anyone wishing to get involved in badminton can get in touch with Penny by emailing her at or by visiting the Avon Badminton Association website

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