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South West County

Junior Badminton Championships


Calling all junior players in the South West - we need you! Come and enter the South West County Junior Badminton Championships on the 16th and 17th June. The tournament is open to all junior players affiliated with Clubs/Schools within the South West Counties BA. More information can be found in the entry form documents attached below.

It will be held in Melksham at the Christie Miller Sports Centre, Lancaster Way, Bowerhill, Melksham Wilts SN12 6QU



Saturday 16th June - U12 & U16 events 

Sunday 17th June - U14 & U18 events 

Each age group U12, U14, U16, U18 will have boys' singles & doubles and girls' singles & doubles 


Entry fees:

Doubles: £13.00

Singles: £11.00 


Entry Forms:

Saturday 16th June, Under 12 & Under 16 Events Entry Form

Sunday 17th June, Under 14 & Under 18 Events Entry Form

Closing date for entries is 8th June 2018



Coaching Courses and CPD Spring 2018 


Coaching Bursaries:

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

 Application form:


Level 2 Coaching Courses:

The UKCC Badminton Level 2 coaching course, taking place at Gordano School, North Somerset is now live, and available to take bookings.

The course dates are:
Day 1:                    Saturday 13th October 2018                     9am-5pm
Day 2:                    Sunday 14th October 2018                       9am-5pm
Day 3:                    Sunday 11th November 2018                   9am-5pm
Assessment:          Sunday 16th December 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 click here. (NB: To book onto a level 2 coaching course, you must hold the level 1 coaching qualification. All learners must be 18 or over on the first day of the course unless advised otherwise).

Coaching bursaries are available and information can be found above. 


Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

For more information on the below courses and how to book please follow this link:


Marketing for Clubs: 

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 19:00-21:00, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £10 per club (Max 2 people)


QCF Emergency First Aid at Work (Sports First Aider):

Sunday 18th March, 09:00-16:00, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £58.00


Safeguarding and Protecting Children:

Monday 9th April 2018, 18:30-21:30, Odd Down Sports Ground, Chelwood Drive, Bath, BA2 2PR. Cost: £42.00

Monday 16th April 2018, 18:30-21:30, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £42.00

Thursday 3rd May 2018, 18:30-21:30, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Cost: £42.00


Coaching Opportunities:

Wesport is seeking exceptional individuals to contribute to the delivery of Wesport’s new athlete development initiative. For more information, please follow this link:


Super Sam wins singles gold Surrey U17 gold tournament




Super Sam wins singles gold Surrey U17 gold tournament From an unseeded position Avon’s Sam Weekes defeated all the opposition in a strong draw at the recent Surrey U17 gold tournament. Comfortably beating the 3/4 seed in his group he went onto the knock out stages where he won 3 very tight games to take the title. A fantastic result for a talented player with a great future ahead of him.

Round 2 Senior County Championships Roundup


Avon 1st

Avon 1sts moved up a spot to 2nd from 3rd in The Premiership after R2 of the SCC. Middlesex, with a team of international star players, are running away with the league and are already too far ahead to be caught. The weekend saw the return of Kirby Ngan to competition for the first time since her injury at The Nationals in September. Chris Coles also returned to the competitive court for the first time in 9 months to pick up a team confidence-boosting win v Hampshire with Adam Porter. Aidan Gibbons made his debut for Avon 1sts and can now boast he has played for the county at every level available to him from Un12 upwards. An 8-3 win on Saturday v Glasgow & Strathclyde and a 7-4 win on Sunday v Hampshire had a 4-7 loss v Yorkshire sandwiched between them. A very good weekend for a team who are fighting hard for each other to finish as high as they possibly can in the Premiership following their best ever 3rd place finish last season. Xiao Xuan Teh was the star performer of the weekend taking five rubbers from six played, beating both English & Scottish top 10 singles players and striking up a very effective doubles partnership with the very sharp Alison Marr.The team looks forward to taking on Leicestershire, Middlesex, and Sussex in a very tough final weekend in March. Team - Chris Evans, George Priestman, George Nicolau, Adam Porter, Aidan Gibbons, Chris Coles, Geoff Ball, Kirby Ngan, Devon Minnis, Magda Lozniceriu, Alison Marr, Xiao Xuan Teh

Captained by Will Mellersh


Avon 2nd

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Won 8 – 3 vs. Berkshire

Lost 5 – 6 vs. Worcestershire

Avon 2s kicked off round two against Berkshire, looking to close the two-point gap on the current league leaders. Avon found themselves 4-1 up after some strong singles matches from Tom, Campbell, Jason, Amy, and Pippa. Special mention to Campbell who was drafted in just 12 hours prior to stepping on court and dominated his match from the start. Level doubles followed the impressive singles run with Avon taking all four rubbers. Mixed brought a late surge from Berks who took both matches. The final score was an impressive 8-3 to Avon 2s.

The match against Worcestershire can only be described as a ‘could-have-gone-either-way’ tie. An outstanding performance by Tom saw him take top-grade Ryan Quek to three ends and kick-start an afternoon of must-see matches. Rob took the men’s singles win of the afternoon in no-nonsense fashion with Amy and Pippa making sure to do the same. Avon was 3-2 up going into the doubles where all four matches went to three ends (a nervy watch for supporters). Rob and Jason grabbed their win and Pippa and Lucy clinched it 22-20 in the third end to take Avon to a 5-4 lead going into the mixed. Both matches were taken by Worcs who pulled away in the closing stages. The final score was a nail-biting 5-6 to Worcestershire.

As always, the support was incredible, the battles immense and the shot selection a thing of beauty. Avon 2s will head to the final weekend with everything to play for – I can’t wait!  

Male Players’ Player of the Match: Campbell Wilson – gutsy performances from start to finish, a pleasure to watch

Female Players’ Player of the Match: Amy Reddaway – consistent, professional and determined

Captained by Lucy Manley


Avon 3rd

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With an exciting but tough day playing Cornwall and Worcester I knew we needed to pull 2 wins out the bag if we were to fight for a chance at promotion. We started with a great win against Cornwall 6-5 which was pushed right up until the final mixed. Darren Wong stepped up to singles in the 2nd match and beat a very strong Ken Teh. He also won 4 out of 5 games. The whole team fought right up until the final match which was also a 6-5 victory against Worcester. Sid Halder played his debut match for the 3rd team and proved why he was there. He played superbly and won 3 out of 4 games only losing out on his singles 21-19 in a 3 ender. Daz Wong and Bonny Mo took players players of the match and was very much deserved by both. We are now in a Promotion battle with only 5 points between promotion and relegation. We know which way we will go and I am looking forward to the challenge. 

Captained by Nicola Wall  


Avon 4th 

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Avon 4ths first match of the league against non-Avon opposition was a toughie against promotion contenders Dorset 3rds. A difficult start saw us going 4-0 but tremendous rallying by the team saw us win 4 of the next 7 matches resulting in a 7-4 loss for the team. The next match against Wiltshire 2nds was an emphatic 8-3 win. Congratulations to players of the match Oscar Haywood and Louise King for some great wins and team spirit. With a special mention to Kira our team mascot!

Captained by Claire Buckingham 


Avon 5th 

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Some incredibly impressive badminton on display today from Avon 5ths. Avon 5ths-5 Avon 6ths-6, Avon 5ths-2 West Glamorgan-9 The scoreline doesn't reflect the tenacity, determination, and commitment of every single member of the team. A couple of mentionable moments: Sam Weekes scalping a very talented West Glamorgan player in the 2nd singles. Alice and Skye taking the other rubber against West Glamorgan. Hannah and Izzy beating Anna Manley and Becky Cox after dropping the first end 21-10. Some world class shots from Dan Bethell. And the Will Mullaney dive count reached a body-bruising 9!!

Captained by Olly Powers 


Avon 6th

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Avon 6s start off with a debut for 14year-old Ben Kemp who starts his senior county debut with a win. A tough match ends in a 6-5 win vs the 5s. Up then against Dorset 3s who just took a 7-4 win against the 4s. Some cramp creeping into a few players but well done to players of the match Ben Kemp and Lucy Denning both taking singles wins during the day.

Captained by Fiach O'Rourke

A big well done to all that took part on the 2nd SCC weekend, there were some fabulous results. Additionally a big thanks to all the captains and volunteers for organising teams and providing match reports - keep up the good work! 

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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Social Media and Marketing workshops for Clubs

Run by Wesport


Wesport are running two new workshops led by a very experienced tutor to help sports clubs get to grips with Marketing strategies and the use of Social Media. 

How to Market your Club Effectively

With so many marketing options out there, it can often leave you in a muddle. This workshop will guide you through the marketing minefield and help you get a plan together so you can identify and attract new members, enhance your club’s profile and get you ready to launch your marketing approach. The course is being held at the University of the West of England, Bristol on the 14th March 2018. To book and read more please click HERE.


How to Use Social Media to Market Your Club

The world of Social Media can be a vast and confusing one to understand. This workshop will help to demystify this and show you how you can use this powerful tool to promote your club and engage your audience. The course is being held at the University of the West of England, Bristol on the 7th February 2018. To book and read more please click HERE.


Full list of available Wesport courses 

A full list of the courses available can be found at

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