U18 Champions Retain Schools League Titles

In the finals of the Under 18 Leicestershire Schools League both Leicester High School and Loughborough Grammar School retained their titles.

In the first girls semi final Leicester High A team had a fairly easy and predictable win against their B team, whilst in the second semi final Loughborough High had a much tougher task in overcoming the strength of Beauchamp College’s Michelle Luo. Although Luo was unbeaten in both singles and doubles Loughborough had a little more overall strength in depth, winning the tie 5-3.

In the girls final, Leicester High A showed their class at singles taking a 4-0 lead in to the doubles. Although Loughborough’s Katie Frost and Aradhana Topiwala won both doubles, this was not enough to prevent Leicester High from retaining their Under 18 crown.

Leicester High Girls U18 squad winners 1516

In the first of the boys semi finals Beauchamp showed their superiority at singles beating Groby Community College 6-2. The second semi final was a different affair with the tie going to the last rubber; Loughborough’s Deon Chung and Hamza Ali beating Bosworth’s Cam Collins and Stefan Grubisic 21-16 to earn the team a 5-3 win.

In the boys final Loughborough Grammar faced the same task against Beauchamp College as they did against Bosworth Academy. Trailing 4-1 after the singles and the first of the doubles, Beauchamp rallied to take the next two rubbers. With their match score once again at 4-3 Chung and Ali had to beat Beauchamp’s Ethan Sheard and Billy Stevely to avoid a 4-4 result and a count-back on points scored. After an even start to the match Chung and Ali slowly moved ahead and ran out 21-14 winners, Loughborough thereby retaining their title.

Loughboroughs Finals squad 1516

Final Positions:

Girls: 1st Leicester High A; 2nd Loughborough High; 3rd Beauchamp College; 4th Leicester High B

Boys: 1st Loughborough Grammar; 2nd Beauchamp College; 3rd Bosworth Academy; 4th Groby Community College


Report by Greg Howes

LSBA U/18 Match Secretary


25 March 2016

Leicestershire Schools’ Medal Haul at Regional Finals

Tuesday 22nd March saw the top KS3 and KS4 boys’ and girls’ teams from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire converge on Loughborough Leisure Centre for the next round of the Schools League competition: the East Midlands regional finals! Leicestershire was represented by Ibstock Community College (KS3 Girls), Newbridge High (KS3 Boys), King Edward VII (KS4 Girls) and Loughborough Grammar (KS4 Boys)

While all the teams had earlier been crowned champions for their respective counties, they were now competing for the honour of representing the East Midlands region at next month’s National Finals. And while many players were experienced campaigners from the national tournament circuit, for others it was their first experience of this level of competition – what a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get the chance to pit their badminton skills against players from other parts of the UK.

The final results for Leicestershire:

Silver Medal: Newbridge High School (Kyle Grady, Luke Hoult, Harry Clare, Noel Kew)

Silver Medal: Loughborough Grammar School (Jakob Rana, Will Lo, Sam Rodgers, Jamie Chan, Mengwin Li)

Bronze Medal: Ibstock Community College (Isobel Pike, Katy Evans, Evie Pike, Niamh Elliott)

Bronze Medal:  King Edward VII School (Natasha Groocock, Eve Dale, Ella Haines, Ebony Harrison)

Congratulations to all the players on a fantastic achievement!



U15s final round robin shires match!

Leicestershire – V – Derbyshire U15 Badminton Match

You know what, it was so funny listening to Laura speaking to Jon, Jess’s dad, reminiscing when my Tom and her and Alan’s Tom played their first tournament in an U11 event, and they were affectionately known as Team Satnav! My how the time’s past and to an extent a lot has changed! What hasn’t changed is the nucleus of the team, except perhaps the addition of Hritika from Yorkshire, and Jess, the newly adopted baby of the team.

As the match progressed I looked along the bench on the fringes of the courts and the usual suspects were there supporting their fantastically well-round young adults; I can’t think of a better way to describe them. I watched with pride the graceful elegance of Jasmin, and the way Craig and Deb have brought up a sometimes quiet young lady, with an undercurrent of a wicked sense of humour, and the great partnership Jasmin’s built up with Tom C on court. Mind you, I think an eye should be kept on Jasmin’s malicious side as the first two points from their mixed doubles match was won with her smashing the shuttlecock in to her opponent’s bodies; the girl’s head and boy’s stomach!

Martin’s singles game was epic! I was watching Mark on courtside, and like all parents, it was as if he was playing every point with his son. I remember from days of old that Martin looked around at the parents for encouragement when points were lost, but now, oh boy, could he teach some a thing or two about self-motivation! His never give up attitude shown during this challenging game reaped its reward in the decisive third game where Martin came out with an emphatic 21-5 victory!

As always, Marcus was wearing his heart on his sleeve and played with all the passion and commitment we have been accustomed to! Chris and Sue proudly watched from the side-lines, with Marcus’ deft touches around the net and smart thinking, it saw the tough 22-20 first game victory quickly followed with a comfortable 21-8 win.

Dan’s spirited singles match was another that went to 3 games. With the conclusion of the three other games around him, it felt like Dan was on centre court in a championship. With Dan’s rock-star hair style, long limbs, and powerful smash, his opponent was not having an easy ride. Stuart, Dan’s dad, must ensure Dan’s hair is not cut before any play-off match as we would hate his Goliath strength and power to diminish, which saw Dan conclude with a singles win and therefore Leicestershire 12-0 up and the match sewn up. However, level doubles were still to follow.

As always, Eve’s demure size camouflages her heart! With exceptional play on court, she never gives up and after efficiently seeing off her opponents I wasn’t surprised to see Eve immediately throw her racket on to her kit bag and walk without haste to the other courts to encourage her compatriots in the remaining games. I’ll forgive Mitch for dropping me in it to writing this match report due to the fact he has brought such a natural leader in to the mix of this team.

Another diminutive player is Jess, and what she lacks in size she compensates for in bucket loads of tenacity and smart thinking! There are very few girls I’ve seen willing to dive across the court, but this demonstration of commitment and fight saw Jess successful in all disciplines, mixed and level doubles and singles.

I can’t not mention Hritika! Fantastic play, whether flying solo, or with a team member. No one scored more than 13 when Hritika was on court and the powerful smash, cross court drop shots and athleticism saw frustrated opponents struggling to deal her variety in the games. I also appreciated the offer of a sweet between games, thank you!

And then there’s Tom C! Another heart on sleeve player, and very accomplished. A tough start in the singles was rewarded with a win as Tom drew on all his resources in combat against a worthy opponent. The variety of shots and power was too hot to handle, in this game, and those to follow.

I suppose, before I finish, I should mention my Tom! So very often he’ll return from court, like today, and be hyper critical of his game. Another memory from years ago, Laura mentioned that I should try and control my emotions when court-side as it could affect Tom’s game if he sees me wince at a missed shot here, or smash in to the net there. Truth be told, the last shot is normally what Tom remembers, whether a winning or losing shot, but what Tom forgets is the multitude of fantastic shots to get to that final shot, whether good or bad.I have also missed a treat in praising him too, trying to control these emotions, and there were some ridiculously fantastic smashes, stretches and subtle shots around the net that he should remember too. Well played buddy, the boy donegood!!!

I recently read a football manager’s comments about the success of Leicester City Football Club, and an analogy was made that Leicester City is like the good lad in class, liked by all, and if their respective clubs don’t succeed in winning the Premiership, then they want Leicester to win. Well I’d like to think rather than being ‘liked’, which conjures up a luke warm nicety, Leicestershire U15 badminton team is RESPECTED by all who play them and the sense of team spirit, which has evolved and continued to develop, is the envy of all who play us!

I am proud to say that my son is a member of an amazing team, and county! We should all be proud!

Final result, Leicestershire 19, Derbyshire 1

Report written by Gary Lund

U16 North Midway 2nd leg

It was that time again to head up north to Sheffield to compete in the 2nd leg of the North Midway.
Despite it being half term and Valentine’s Day we were still able to field two teams…..thank you to all those played! ….and to Chris Kilby for looking after our 2nd team!…again!

1st team:- Ella, Jolie, Issy, Jasmin, Sameer, Martin, Tom C and Nikhil

2nd team:- Emily, Issy, Jess R, Jess A, Daniel, Marcus, Tom L and Ben

Play started with Leicestershire 1 playing Derbyshire and Leicestershire 2 playing Yorkshire 2…… Our first team had a great start with a 10-0 win.
Leicestershire 2, however, had a tough first match against what turned out to be quite a strong second team for Yorkshire. There were some close matches though with most of them going into double figures. Final score 8-2 to Yorkshire 2.
The next round of matches was Leicestershire 1 versus Cheshire with Leicestershire 2 having a break as one team had dropped out of their group….time for a team talk ready for the next match!!
Leicestershire 1 looked to be starting well with one win in the mixed only narrowly losing the second 20-21. Cheshire proved to be too strong this time in the singles for us winning all four. Time for the level doubles, we needed to win all four to get a draw and be in with a chance of a win on points! We started well with two convincing wins in the boys doubles, followed by a win in the first girls doubles….unfortunately after a tough battle Cheshire took the second girls doubles 21-16! Final score 6-4 win to Cheshire.
Round 3 was Leicestershire 1 versus Yorkshire 1 and Leicestershire 2 versus Warwickshire.
Our first team started well with a comfortable first boys singles win, our first girl had a close match but lost out 15-21. Both second boy and girl had exciting close matches losing 18-21 and 20-21….so nearly!! Boys doubles both went Yorkshires way, one match only just, 20-21. Girls doubles were close matches, one going to each team. Yorkshire proved to be too strong again in the mixed winning both games. Final score 8-2 win to Yorkshire 1.
Our second team were up against Warwickshire next. Started out by very nearly taking a win in one of the mixed, losing 20-21! Boys singles next with one great win in the second boys singles! The Warwickshire girls proved to be too strong and won both of those games. Both boys doubles pairings battled hard in their games with two very close scores 20-21 and 17-21, both games going to Warwickshire! The girls fought hard to win their doubles but were outplayed by their opponents. Final score 9-1 win to Warwickshire.
After the first round games both teams found themselves in 3rd position in their groups placing them in the bottom group with Derbyshire for the next round of games!
The round started with Leicestershire 2 taking on Derbyshire and Leicestershire 1 having a break!
Our second team made a good start winning one mixed doubles and only narrowly losing the other 20-21.
The boys both had convincing wins in their singles but unfortunately the girls lost out, one was 20-21! The match now stood at 3 all with just the doubles to go! The boys doubles could have gone either way , both hard fought games, 19-21 and 21-20, a game to each county! It was all down to the girls doubles whether they could secure a win…..Leicestershire 1, Derbyshire 1….final score 5 rubbers each, 190 points each…. the match was then decided on wins out of 5 for no.1 BS, GS, BD, GD and XD…. Derbyshire won 3-2! Last match of the day…..our teams had to play each other!!
There were some close battles but Leicestershire 1 were triumphant with a 10-0 win! Final result over the two legs, Leicestershire 1 – 4th
Leicestershire 2 – =7th

Well done to all the players who played over the two tournaments….altogether 19 Leicestershire players!

Loughborough Grammar win KS4 Boys Title

Jakob Rana, Will Lo, Sam Rodgers, Jamie Chan and Mengwin Li have won the KS4 Boys Schools League title for Loughborough Grammar School.

They joined pupils from Belvoir High School, Beauchamp College, Soar Valley College, Market Bosworth School, Martin High School, Kibworth High School, Babington Community College and King Edward VII College who had all qualified to compete at the KS4 finals. 


Four teams progressed from the initial group stage into the semi-finals, where Babington Community College were victorious against Soar Valley College and Loughborough Grammar won a tight match against the strong team from Martin High School.

The final between the two group winners was a fitting climax to an excellent evening of badminton that had highlighted the great strength in depth in Leicestershire junior badminton. Babington got off to a great start, winning two closely fought singles rubbers and with Babington 20-18 up in the third rubber the writing looked on the wall for Loughborough until the Loughborough pair’s spirited fight back gave them a 21-20 win.  2-1 down going into the final two doubles rubbers, Loughborough quickly pulled back level, leaving the match to be decided by the final game.  With hardly a point between the pairs throughout the game, at 19-19 it could have gone either way but as earlier, the Loughborough pair came through to win the final two points and clinch the title.

Loughborough Grammar School will now represent Leicestershire at the regional finals against teams from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

KS4 Boys


Newbridge High KS3 Boys Champions

Kyle Grady, Harry Clare, Luke Hoult and Noel Kew from Newbridge High school in Coalville have won the KS3 Boys Leicestershire Schools League title for 2015/16. Having already won the North West Leicestershire league they were pitched against the winning teams from leagues across the whole of Leicestershire at the county finals held at Babington College earlier this month.

The Newbridge team played 4 matches in group 2 against  Roundhills, Rushey Mead, Catmose  and a very close last match v  Manor, winning that match 3-2 . They won all their matches in the group which took them through to the semi final stages of the competition.  Their next opponents were the Group 1 runners up –  home venue team Babington College but nothing was going to stop the Newbridge lads reaching the final, notching up a 4-1 win.

Group 1 winners Loughborough Grammar met Manor in the semi finals winning 3-2 , so the final was set:  Newbridge  v Loughbrough Grammar and although the match was close, by game 4  Newbridge had clinched it and went onto win 3-2 to be crowned champions!

They will now join Loughborough Grammar (KS4 Boys), King Edward VII (KS4 Girls) and Ibstock Community College (KS3 Girls) in representing Leicestershire at the regional finals on Tuesday 22nd March where they will compete against the winning schools from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire for the prestige of going on to the National Finals in April!