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Yonex All England Awards 2019


Badminton England is pleased to announce the Yonex Volunteer Awards are open this year to the community for nominations. There are two awards up for grabs;

- Yonex Young Volunteer of the Year (14-18yrs)

- Yonex Volunteer of the Year (19 yrs and above)

This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise a deserving volunteer. Please note nominations are to acknowledge contributions to Badminton during 2018 only.

Both winners will be invited to the Volunteer Awards presentation (along with one guest) on Saturday 9th March 2019 at the Yonex All England Open Championships at Arena Birmingham. This will include tickets to watch the evening performance from the best seats in the house. The Volunteer of the Year winner will also receive an overnight stay for two and be part of one of the presentation parties for the finals on Sunday 10th March.

The nomination form can be found here, with further details. The closing date for nominations is Friday 1st February 2019.


THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019 - 9.30AM – 4.00PM at THORNBURY LEISURE CENTRE Alveston Hill, Thornbury, S. Glos, BS35 3JB

A tournament ideal for junior social, school or club badminton players wanting to have a fun day out and build playing experience.  There will be a girls and boys doubles tournament.  Players can enter as pairs, or can be entered individually and we will try our best to find partners as required. The tournament is for school, club and social players.  Any player who has represented the County in a match in any age group more than twice will be ineligible to enter.

Click here for more details and entry form.

National Volunteer Conference, March 2019

We are excited to announce bookings are now open for our National Volunteer Conference next March! Bookings are available for all Badminton England members who are 18 yrs and above.

Badminton England would like to invite you to our inaugural National Volunteer Conference in Birmingham next year, hosted by Anthony Clark.

The aim of the conference is to improve your experience of volunteering within Badminton. We want to arm all our volunteers with the appropriate tools, knowledge and support to play a key role locally in increasing the number of people playing badminton.

Date: Saturday 9th March 2019

Time: 11am – 4pm (arrival from 10am)
International Convention Centre, Birmingham

Cost: £10 (price includes lunch plus 1 x ticket to the 2019 YONEX All England Badminton Championships for the Saturday evening session).

To Book: and for more information, please click here

Caroline Poole 

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the recent death of Caroline Poole after a recent illness. She will be missed by so many people who knew her.

She started Uphill Junior Club with Jim Halfpenny coaching a small number of children and as the numbers grew Caroline was joined by her husband John and together they made the club grow to be one of the largest in the South West area.

Caroline and John have introduced so many children to the game of badminton with so many of whom have gone on to not only play at senior club level but also to play in the junior and senior county teams.

In 1999 she was awarded Coach of the Year by Badminton England which was richly deserved.

John and her family would like all who knew her to join them in a celebration of her life on Friday 9th November 2018 at St John's Baptist Church, Lower Church Road, Weston -Super- Mare BS23 2AQ at 12.30pm and afterwards at Weston – super - Mare Golf Club.

Upcoming Events 


Avon Workforce Academy
The Avon Workforce Academy is recruiting its second cohort of workforcees. The programme is designed to bring committed coaches, officials and volunteers together to increase the number of Badminton opportunities locally and help towards retaining and increasing Badminton England members. The Workforce Academy will provide support, training, mentoring and CPD, in return for delivering more Badminton activity, creating an accessible and sustainable workforce across the county. Longer term, we hope the Academy will drive the recruitment of future workforce and become responsible for determining workforce education needs.

Apply to be a member here: by Wednesday 21st November 2018.

AWA Poster 2018 intake


Racket Skills Course
Wednesday 23rd January 2019, Powells School, Gloucester Street, Cirencester, GL7 2DJ. Please, click to see the flyer to book onto the course.
The racket skills course is a free course aiming to show teachers and coaches the best and most effective way to introduce racket sports to beginners. It also deals with the huge problem for teachers of introducing and teaching a racket sport in a small hall to large numbers safely and successfully.
The course is extremely "hands on". About 50% of the course features slow-moving plusballs ( but other missiles are also used, such as fleece balls, reaction balls and drastically adapted slow shuttlecocks. Roger Stroud, who delivers the racket skills sessions is extremely experienced having delivered many similar courses in universities, colleges, leisure centres and schools all over the country and written a book on the subject 'Racket Skills for Beginners - Twenty Lesson Plans'.


Mental Health Awareness Courses
We are delighted to be able to inform you of Mental Health Awareness workshops being held across the West of England. The course was designed by Sport England and MIND specifically for those working in the sport and physical activity sector. Locally, due to the support of the Movember campaign and delivery of the Get Set to Go project in B&NES we have been able to arrange 3 subsidised workshops over the next few months.

If you are a resident or deliver sport/physical activity in the Bath and NE Somerset area, please book on to one of these courses.
If you are a resident or deliver sport/physical activity in S Glos, Bristol or N Somerset area, please book on to this course.

National Volunteer Conference - March 2019
Saturday 9th March 2019, ICC, Birmingham
Badminton England is pleased to confirm we will be hosting our very first National Volunteer Conference in Birmingham next year.
Website link here for more information about the day. More information and booking coming soon

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