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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

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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