Last week local school teams, who had qualified through from earlier rounds, represented their Unitary Authority in the County round of the National Schools Badminton Competition held at UWE. Approximately 450 Avon players took part from about 70 schools, just some of the 41,000 schoolchildren making up 6,400 teams nationally. The winners of this County round will go forward to represent Avon playing in the South West Regional Final on 1st March in Bournemouth from which the successful school teams will then play in a National Round. With 4 separate competitions taking place Key Stage 3 Girls, Key Stage 3 Boys, Key Stage 4 Girls, and Key Stage 4 Boys and each competition having a representative team from BANES, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire this equated to more than 80 young badminton players and the standard was high.

badmintonschoolaIn the KS3 Girls Competition Badminton School, pictured, were the outright winners having beaten all three other schools with Nailsea being the only team to manage to win a game against them. Chew Valley took the Silver with some closely fought games against Clevedon and Nailsea.


Gordano School boys, pictured, took Gold in their KS3 Competition only just pipping Bristol Grammar to the title in the closest of the 4 competitions with Gordano beating BGS 3-2. Chew Valley and Downend were the other two finalists taking part.

 clevedonaCongratulations must also go to Clevedon School, having entered the competition for the first time, their KS4 Girls won through to take the Gold with the girls from Badminton School runners up and Chew Valley and Mangotsfield both fighting hard.


The KS4 Boys competition was a reversal of the KS3 with Bristol Grammar comfortably winning the Gold without dropping a game. Gordano winning Silver in a close contest with Hanham Woods and Chew Valley. Hanham Woods were another new team to the competition and must be commended on making it through to the County Final.
A special mention to Chew Valley School who had teams qualify in all 4 competitions also to Hanham Woods and Clevedon, both in their first ever competition, who put their success down to having set up new after school satellite clubs this year. We wish the four winners well in the South West Regional Final from which the winners will go forward to a National Final in May.