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Avon Workforce Academy needs YOU!


Avon Badminton Association, in partnership with Badminton England, is launching a brand new *Avon Workforce Academy* and you could be part of this!


Avon Workforce Academy promo flyer


The programme is designed to bring together new and existing coaches, officials and volunteers, to increase the number of Badminton opportunities locally. There is no minimum experience or qualification needed, just your commitment to get involved and develop!


As part of the Academy, you will receive:

-          An Induction (Thurs 22nd February, 7-9pm at UWE, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY)

-          First-year membership FREE

-          CPD and on-going support

-          Deployment opportunities

-          Mentoring

-          Workforce Forum

-          Academy T-Shirt


We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individual’s to join the Workforce Academy. More information is provided on the attached flyer.

If you would like to register, please complete the attached Application Form: (NB- the deadline is Thurs 15th February). If you have any further questions, please contact:

Many thanks, 
Hannah Davis, Lauren Ashley & Pradip Songara

Coaching Opportunities & Coaching Courses


Coaching Opportunities

Team Bristol Badminton club is looking for a coach to support their new club including a group of enthusiastic junior players. Weekly sessions take place on Wednesday evenings 6 - 8 pm at Brunel Academy, Speedwell Road, BS15 1NU.  Sessions will recommence on 10th January and rate of pay £20/25 per hour. If you are interested, please contact Masum on 07828270825or email .


Coaching Course Bursary

Coaching bursaries are available. Those interested in a coach education bursary will need to complete an application form (attached) 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.


For an application form, click here


Level 1 Coaching Courses

Gloucester University

A new Level 1 coaching course is taking place at the University of Gloucester over the following dates/times:

Day 1 – 03/02/2018     9:00am - 4:00pm
Day 2 – 17/02/2018     9:00am - 4:00pm
Day 3 – 15/04/2018     9:00am - 4:00pm


£215 for Badminton England Members
£225 for Non-Members


I’d very much appreciate it if you could help circulate this around your club asap, and encourage any members who may be interested to sign up. We do have coaching bursaries available using the attached form.

The course can be found here:


Shaftsbury Park

A new UKCC Badminton Level 1 coaching course, is taking place in Shaftsbury Park, Frenchay, Bristol over the following dates/times: 

Day 1: Saturday 5th May 2018 9.30am-4.30pm
Day 2: Sunday 6th May 2018 9.30am-4.30pm
Day 3 Assessment: Sunday 20th May 2018 9.30am-4.30pm

£215 for Badminton England Members
£225 for Non-Members

To book a place, or for more information please follow this link:


Level 2 Coaching Courses

Shaftsbury Park 

The UKCC Badminton Level 2 coaching course, taking place at Shaftsbury Park, Frenchay, Bristol over the following dates/times: 

Day 1: Saturday 3rd February 2018 9am-5pm
Day 2: Sunday 4th February 2018 9am-5pm
Day 3: Saturday 3rd March 2018 9am-5pm
Day 4 Assessment: Saturday 14th April 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 follow this link:

(NB: To book onto a level 2 coaching course, you must hold the level 1 coaching qualification.)


Deadline extended to Friday 19th Jan. 1 more coach is needed for this course to run so please pass on the above information to anyone interested.

Under 18s can be considered if they:
Will be at least 17 years of age on the first day of the course
Hold a UKCC Level 1 Award for Assistant Coaches in Badminton
Have been approved by their UKCC Level 1 Award for Assistant Coaches in Badminton course tutor/ assessor
Have a Badminton England Registered Level 2 (or equivalent) Coach highlighted and in place as a mentor


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

West of England Masters Silver Tournament 2017


Avon Badminton Association once again ran a successful West of England Masters Silver Badminton Tournament, this year it was back at Bath University which, it is hoped, will continue to be its venue for the future. Bob Hammersley once again led theorganising committee, supported by Joanna Elson and Val O’Neill, and did an amazing job as tournament referee. They were aided by many volunteers from the Avon Badminton community giving their time to help things run smoothly across the 2 days, with a particular mention to Bob Bane for manning the computer and entering results on the day.


Bob and Bob 2

Bob Bane and Bob Hammersley


With nearly 180 players across the 8 age groups from over 35 to over 70, including 33 from Avon, and increased support from the West Country, there were once again some local winners. Saturday’s level doubles saw Kelly Fairey win at Ladies Doubles 35+ with Somerset partner Nicola Harris. Ian Nicholls was runner-up at 55+ men’s doubles with Dav Greatorex (Surrey) only just pipping Paul Chard and Gene Joyner to that spot. Mike Cox and partner Jim Garrett (Kent) won 70+ men’s doubles once again without dropping a game, and the day finished with a win at over 70+ women’s doubles for Joanna Elson and Val O’Neill beating the top seeds in a marathon contest 24-26, 22-20, 25-23.


Kelly and Paul cropped

Kelly and Paul 


Mixed Doubles day was equally compelling with runners-up spots Penny Shears and Bob Bell (Cornwall) at 65+ and Joanna Elson and Ken Tantum (Nottingham) at 70+, but once again Kelly Fairey stole the show making it double gold with mixed partner Paul Freeman (Kent) who won double gold having won at men’s doubles on Saturday.


A few of the volunteers

Some of Sunday's Volunteers

Kent Masters Gold Tournament 2017

Once again Avon were well represented at this top Gold Masters tournament and once again some great results from our local players.

Mike Cox, was the only player from Avon taking part in the singles on the Friday. Playing at 70+, and only losing in the group to his Men’s Doubles partner and top seed, Jim Garrett (Kent), 16-21, 19-21.

Mike and Jim

In the level doubles on Saturday Mike Cox with Jim Garrett at MD 70+, continued their winning streak, going through to the final without dropping a game, then beating the Surrey pairing in the final 21-12, 21-16 to take the Gold medal.

Val O’Neill, playing WD 70+ with Stella Driver (Kent), lost their opening game to World silver medallists Beryl Goodall and Mary Jenner, but finished the group strongly to take the silver medal.

Derek Simmons at MD 65+ with regular partner Chris Hockey (Surrey), were second in their group, only losing to No 1 seeds 16-21, 19-21.

Ian Nicholls, playing at MD60+ with George Joseph (Essex) also did well, only losing in their group to No 2 seeds, 16-21, 21-15, 18-21.

Sunday was mixed doubles day. Val O’Neill at XD 70+, with Grahame Moscrop (Northumberland), won their group without dropping a game including beating No 1 seeds 21-19, 21-18. The final was a tough 3 setter against the No 2 seeds, but having lost the first game they went on to win 16-21, 21-18, 21-16

Val Grahame

Ian Nicholls at XD 60+ with Jenny Cox (Surrey ) topped their group but lost their semi-final to No 2 seeds 22-24, 14-21.

Debbie Burrell and Nigel Birkitt, at XD 60+, only lost to the top seeds.

Gene Joyner, playing XD 55+ with Maureen Kleijwegt–Oskam from Amersfoot (Holland), won their group but lost the semi-final to No2 seeds 19-21,15-21.

Also playing at Kent were Nigel Birkett, Debbie Burrell, Paul Chard, Viv Edwards, Shirley Green, Richard Irvine, Cath Jowett, Derek Simmons.

Calling all coaches, volunteers, individuals and those interested in joining Avon Coaching Academy!
If you are a qualified coach; looking to become a qualified coach; interested in starting or maintaining voluntary roles and opportunities; or an individual who loves badminton please take 5 minutes out of your day to fill in this questionnaire:
Avon has a large and thriving badminton scene, to sustain the activity the county relies upon a number of coaches, officials, and volunteers. To help sustain this we are looking at setting up an Avon Coaching Academy! For more details and to express your interest please, fill in this form:

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