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.

U11 & U13 Fun Badminton Tournament Entries Open


Applications are now open for the Cambridgeshire U11 & U13 Fun Badminton Tournament, to be held on Saturday 23rd November at Burwell Sports Centre, Buntings Path, Burwell. 

Any juniors keen on trying competitive badminton (even if you are a beginner), or wanting to get more experience of tournament play, are extremely welcome.

If you are a coach with children U11 and U13, please do encourage them to participate. 

You can download the entry form from the Tournaments Page


Cambs Restricted Results

Players at the Cambs 2013 Restricted

At the Cambridgeshire Badminton Association Players Tournament Min Dabasinskas retained his Mens Singles title.  In the final he was pushed all the way by Joe Pickering before running out winner by 21-18, 21-17. 

Olga Bryant regained her singles title which she lost last year, with a 21-18, 21-13 victory over Alison Meijers. 

James Wilson and Simon Woodhouse took the Mens Doubles title.  They defeated Abu Kaher and Sam Scharf 21-13, 21-16. 

Previously, Kaher and Scharf had endured a difficult semi-final against Robert Couch and Damien Dugmore before winning 21-11, 16-21, 21-16. 

Wilson and Woodhouse has a close fight in their quarter-final against Kevin Barron and Sunny Kong, winning 21-10, 18-21, 21-16. 

Olga Bryant teamed up with Alison Meijers in the Ladies Doubles, but in the final fell to Sara Cunnington and Natalie Taylor 21-11, 21-17. 

There was some consolation for Olga in the Mixed Doubles.  In partnership with Min they defeated Simon and Natalie 21-18, 21-19. 

For full results including the plate competitions, please see the Tournaments page.  A gallery of the winners is also available. 

Match report by Ken Verney. 

Cambs U15 Restricted Tournament Entries Open


 Applications are now open for the Cambridgeshire U15 Restricted Tournament, to be held on Sunday 27th October at Burwell Sports Centre, Buntings Path, Burwell. 

Any juniors keen on showing their development along their performance pathways should enter.  If you are a coach with children U15, please do encourage them to participate. 

You can download the entry form from the Tournaments Page

Senior County Selection 2013-14

As always, senior County selection has been a very long and challenging  process, with many players making strong cases for their inclusion.  Please appreciate that the Selection Committee apply a considerable amount of time and thought to the decision, and that there are only a very limited number of places to be offered.  We have tried to be as objective and fair as we can in applying the following selection criteria:

  • County performance from the previous season;
  • Results at the restricted tournament;
  • Results at other tournaments over the last twelve months;
  • Potential for improvement / Development trajectory;
  • Availability; and
  • Commitment to the County.

The standard within all the teams this year is incredibly strong. For anyone who is disappointed at not making a team, it is worth noting that in previous seasons there are often opportunities to play up or play within teams and due to the competition this year (especially for the Mens III spaces) the Selection Committee certainly hope that most players get their chance to show off their ability.

Please continue to let the Selection Committee know ( of any achievements or improvements that you have as the more information we have is better to aid our selection.

This season we are submitting three teams: Ist team (Division 2), IInd team (Division 5) and IIIrd team (Division 6).  If you want to add fixtures to your phone/Google calendar, then instructions are at

We hope everyone has a great season and plays well, and remember to give full vocal support to your team-mates.

Best of luck,

(Dan, Graham, John, Katie & Sara)

Cambridgeshire County Teams 2013-14


(Division 2: First Match 27th October away)

Mindaugas Dabasinskas, Paul Heads, Sam Scharf, Simon Woodhouse

Alison Meijers, Olga Bryant, Natalie Taylor, Sara Cunnington ( ©


(Division 5: First Match 20th October away)

Abu Kaher, Daniel Bates ( ©, Joe Pickering, Neil Place, Stephen Pickering

Adele Woodhams, Kate Marshall, Katie Morton, Louise Tarbit, Vicky Norris


(Division 6: First Match 13th October away)

Ben Aldred, Damien Dugmore, James Watkins, Paul Martell ( ©, Geoff Green

Laurel Bennett, Liz Salmon, Sharon Chandler, Tanny Dan

RESERVES (in no particular order)

James Wilson, Graham Barr, Will Hodgkins, Sanjeev Balasuthenthirarajan, Tom Frearson, Sunny Kong, Michael Parker, Simon Parker, Adam Parr, Kaylan Sutton-Ziaian, John Tibbutt

Yoong-Eun Kwon, Jo Brant, Emma Best, Molly Carter, Lisa Goff, Stacy Knoop, Hazel Greetham, Emma Brewster, Holly Gale, Sammy Jones,

Restricted Draw Available Online

As excitement mounts for the upcoming annual Cambridgeshire Players (Restricted) Tournament, the full draws for all disciplines were published today

Don't miss the opportunity to download the draws, and plan your strategy into the final, and ultimate success! 

All the best to everyone involved and playing this weekend. 

Players at the County Restricted

Cambs' Bates, Bryant and Place at BWF World Championships

Olga Bryant, BWF World Masters Bronze Medalist XD O40.

As previously featured, Cambridgeshire Badminton Association players Daniel Bates, Olga Bryant and Neil Place were the first Cambs players in recent history to represent England at the BWF World Senior Championships, which was held this year in Ankara, Turkey, on 9-14th September.

Travelling with the generous support of CambsBA, Olga competed in all three disciplines of ladies doubles, singles and mixed doubles in the O40 category, while Daniel and Neil competed in the mens doubles O35.

Olga made good progress in all events.  In the singles she was the unfortunate victim of a tough draw, which meant after winning her first round, she faced the formidable 1st seed (and eventual winner) Gitte Sommer of Denmark to whom she lost in straight sets.  She had a very similar experience in the ladies, playing as a scratch partnership with German Cornelia Ern-Joachim. Having beaten an Indian pair in the first round, they were defeated by a Japanese pair in the second who also went on to win the competition.

Daniel Bates and Neil Place at the BWF World Masters Championships.

It was in the mixed, and another scratch partnership with Surrey's Paul Mitchell, that Olga found her success.  Seeded 5/8 and with a bye through the first round, she and Mitchell defeated Sweden/Denmark, French and Hungarian pairings with determination and great speed around the court to reach the semi-finals.  Unfortunately, that match was again against Sommer, and her Swedish partner, who proved just too powerful.

Daniel and Neil had the benefit of a dream start.  Following a bye in the first round, their feared clash against the 1st seed pairing in the O35 mens doubles ended in a walkover when one of the Japanese pair did not arrive.

In the third round, they faced a strong Swiss pairing, who already had experience of the venue, but in a marvelous and explosive performance closed out the game in straight sets.

This led to a quarter-final match against a German pairing, which began poorly with an early 12-21 defeat.  However, Neil and Daniel rallied themselves and in a nailbiting finish were pipped 20-22 in the second end. 

The week was a superb festival of badminton for all senior categories.  Congratulations to Daniel, Olga and Neil for their performances. 

There are more photographs of the competition in the photo gallery, and a news article about it on the BWF website news

Cambs' John Tibbutt Celebrates Quad Success at World Transplant Games

John Tibbutt powers home the smash at the World Transplant Games 2013.

Inspiring Cambs Badminton player John Tibbutt, who has overcome ill health through a successful organ transplant has returned victorious from competing in this year’s World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa.

John took part in the Games nearly 4 years after having a life-saving kidney transplant. 

The 36-year-old, who is currently the Cambs senior IIIrd team captain, competed as a member of Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the Games, from 28 July to 4 August 2013, competing in badminton and squash.  He secured an incredible four-medal haul, securing gold medals in badminton in singles, doubles and mixed, and a bronze in squash.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland took home 243 medals in total, 114 gold, 74 silver and 55 bronze. The team was also presented with the ‘Best Team Award’. Lynne Holt, Team Manager and Trustee at Transplant Sport said:

“The World Transplant Games is a fantastic opportunity for athletes such as John to share their story and inspire people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Not only were these athletes ambassadors for our country, but they also represented the charity, Transplant Sport, and helped to raise more awareness here in the UK and globally, of the need for more people to sign on to the Organ Donor Register and express their wishes with family and friends.”

John said:

“The world games is a fantastic opportunity to help raise awareness for organ donation and the donor register and to show how transplants really change people’s lives.

Four years ago I couldn’t mow the lawn, never mind do any sort of sport.  Now I can train and play as before.  It gave me my life back."

More than 135 Transplant Sport athletes, including 15 juniors, and many more supporters descended on the Rainbow Nation.

The World Transplant Games, supported by the International Olympic Committee, represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world, featured a week of 13 sporting events. Team GB and NI joined over 1000 other transplant athletes from 55 countries across the globe.

More than 10,000 people in the UK are currently waiting for a transplant and sadly, three people die waiting every day. But with only 31 per cent of the UK population actually registered as organ donors, more work needs to be done to raise awareness of donation and to urge those on to the donor register to share their wishes with loved ones.

To add your name to the NHS Organ Donor Register call 0300 1232323, text SAVE to 84118 or visit

Some photographs from the Games are available in the photo gallery