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Welcome to the Cambridgeshire Badminton Association (Cambs BA), a County association affiliated to Badminton England.

Cambridgeshire Badminton Association is dedicated to the development and promotion of badminton throughout the whole of Cambridgeshire.  The county consists of around 30 affiliated clubs as well as hosting Junior, Senior and Masters teams playing in the Inter-County Championships.

This web site is designed to enable Cambridgeshire Badminton Association to promote badminton through providing news and information on local, County and national badminton. Please visit this web site regularly to keep abreast of all the latest developments.

Cambridgeshire Bronze 13 July 2019

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In a fantastic festival of badminton, on Saturday 13th July Cambridgeshire Badminton Association hosted a Bronze tournament on the Badminton England National Circuit at the University of Cambridge Sports Center.

With a huge entry of 166 players from around the Country, the tournament was highly competitive.

Starting preparations at 8am, and going all the way through to the last match of the day - the men’s doubles final - just after 11pm, it was a long and exhausting day. By the end, 175 competitive matches had been played.

Photographs of the finalists are available in the Gallery, and they were:

Mens Singles

Winner: Syed Masood

Runner up: Thomas Macrae

Womens Singles

Winner: Holly Smith

Runner up: Kacy Chou

Mens Doubles

Winners: Zhi Lun Ng & Abid Sultan

Runners up: Paul Andrew Mayfield & Phil Sunderland

Womens doubles

Winners: Alicia Chu & Yoongeun Kwon

Runners up: Jenny Crump & Natalie Taylor

Mixed doubles

Winners: Zhi Lun Ng & Annabel Hong

Runners up: Phil Sunderland & Suzanne Brewer

For full results see Tournament Software.

Many congratulations and thanks, especially to Cambs’ Tournament Secretary Neil Place who put in so much effort in setting up and administering the tournament before the day, and so professionally managing the event on the day itself. Also great thanks go to the rest of the team who helped keep things running so smoothly on the day: Louise Place, Natalie Taylor and James Wilson.

Open junior trials 30 June 12-2pm

The county is running a trial for children who are at County level or looking to train to become county level to eventually play for the county.

The trial is on Sunday 30 June from 12-2pm, at Cambridge Regional College and will cost £5 per player - please bring the exact amount.

Please let Perveez Mody (U16 Team Manager) know if you plan on attending: perveezmody@gmail.com

The plan for the new season is that players who are selected will be able to attend training sessions, which will hopefully run once a month from September at Swavesy Village College:

- Runs at 6:30pm-8:30pm, every fourth Thursday night, at Swavesey Village College (4 courts);

- Cost £10 per session (should be 7 or 8 sessions depending on how the dates fall), paid up front (cost includes shuttles and coaching).

The session will run on a 4-weekly rotation:

- Week 1 - Senior/Masters;

- Week 2 - U14 and younger;

- Week 3 - Senior/Masters;

- Week 4 - U16 and older;

More details will be given to those selected to train with the County.

County AGM: 6 June 2019

The AGM of the Cambridgeshire Badminton Association will be held on 6th June at All Saint’s Church, Milton from 7.30pm.

At the AGM, we review the year, consider strategy for next season, hear the views of affiliated clubs, and most importantly consider the accounts and set affiliation fees for next season.  Volunteers are also nominated for coveted Committee positions for next year.

Who can attend?
Any member of an affiliated club can attend, so please make every effort to forward this invitation to them all. Each club affiliated to BE through the Association shall be entitled to two votes to be cast by a member of their own club on any decisions taken.  It is important that as many clubs as possible are represented to ensure a quorum.

What will be considered?
Detailed financial reports will be available at the meeting, but I can tell you in advance (in case you are holding your own AGM prior to 6th June) that the County has made a loss this year.  We will therefore be seeking to balance the books by implementing the Treasurer's suggestion of raising senior match fees to £5 per rubber, masters to £4 per rubber, and the club member County affiliation fee to £4 per member.

Why does the County need to raise fees.  What do they do with the money?

The County uses affiliation fees to field teams across the spectrum of competitions - junior, senior and masters teams - the entry fees and costs of which have risen significantly but are mainly covered by subs.  Money is also spent running events such as Country trials, junior training, and tournaments such as the Restricted.  We are aiming to support regular senior practice this season as well.

The County also invests a great deal in supporting the development of new coaches, which is providing wider coaching opportunities for players wishing to improve, and feeding the development of the sport in the region, which will help to contribute to the long term survival of clubs by feeding in new members.

Over many years, the County has held the affiliation fee stable, whilst operating costs have increased steadily.  Without an increase of fees, long term projections indicate that the County will end up insolvent.  For the price of a large cup of coffee per year, each club member can give something back to the sport they love by supporting future development, ensure that our region continues to be represented, and that players can get chances to aspire to compete at a regional level. The support of our members is essential to us being able to offer competitive badminton within Cambridgeshire and invest in junior and coaching development, and we very much appreciate the backing of those clubs and individuals that choose to affiliate.

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William Baddeley

Dear Cambridgeshire players,

It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of William Baddeley.

William's son Stephen sent the following note to Badminton England:

"My father, William Baddeley, died on Thursday 4 April after a short illness. His funeral will take place at the Cambridge crematorium at 3.30pm on Friday 26th April in the East Chapel.

He was well known in (the older and disappearing) badminton circles having been heavily involved with Sussex badminton in the 80ies and Cambridge badminton in the 90ies and beyond including serving as a Member of Council.

Stephen"

Daniel Bates, Chair of Cambridgeshire Badminton Association

Fun Tournament March 2019

Last month a junior fun tournament was run at One Leisure St Ives. Many junior players from across the county in the age groups U11, U13 and U15 participated in the tournament, which is designed to give players an opportunity to get a taste of competitive play.

The hall was filled with young players, and the day was played in great spirits. Many congratulations to everyone involved, and especially to those who came out winners. Details of the winners and photographs of them with their medals are available in the gallery.

Many thanks to the Cambridgeshire Schools Badminton Association and especially to Sandra Dennis for her help in setting up and running the tournament.

Cambs players represent England in Spain

Four of Cambs’ players travelled at the end of the summer to represent England in the 2018 European Senior Championships in Guadalajara, Spain.

Neil Place, Olga Chernysheva, Daniel Bates and Natalie Taylor joined over 1,200 players from across Europe, playing in all three disciplines across the week. Neil and Daniel were particularly pleased to reach the Quarter Finals in the O40 Mens Doubles, but very sadly had to withdraw due to injury at that stage.

For more information, refer to the online results, or the Badminton Europe website.

Cambs' Daniel Bates takes International Senior Medals

Cambridgeshire's Daniel Bates travelled this weekend to compete at the Adria (Croatian) International Masters competition in Opatija, Croatia, with his regular masters mixed partner Michelle Brothers (Kent).

The Adria Masters is an annual Masters badminton tournament on the Badminton Europe circuit, and was held at the same time as a major Junior competition at the same venue.

Daniel played all three disciplines, and succeeded in winning a bronze medal in the men's doubles with a scratch Austrian partner, and a gold medal in the mixed with Michelle.

Michelle was even more successful, with a clean sweep of gold medals in all three events.

Everyone from Cambs Badminton wishes Daniel and Michelle many congratulations on this achievement!