U16’s medal at ‘Rising Stars’ event

Sunday 22nd May saw a clutch of U16 talent travel to Warwickshire to compete in the prestigious ‘Rising Stars’ open event – and the medals were soon flowing back into Leicestershire thick and fast!

In the main mixed event, Martin Beynon and Ella Haines won silver while Hritika Modi and her Lincs partner won bronze. Tom Cowperthwaite and Eve Dale won gold in the consolation mixed event after losing a very close match in the first round of the main event making them the ‘best of the rest’!

Martin, Tom, Eve and Hritika all competed in the singles ‘A’ event, facing the challenge of a very strong field. Eve was the most successful winning 2 out of her 4 matches, only narrowly missing out on winning 3.
Leicestershire players took gold in both the the girls’ and boys’ singles ‘B’ event courtesy of Nikhil Chotai and Ella. The Foxes cleaned up the rest of the medals with Dan Youngs taking silver from an all Leics final. A special mention for Joe Goodenough with a well-earned bronze despite playing up 2 age groups with Marcus Kilby taking the other bronze.
Bronze Medallists Joe & Marcus

In other competition news from this weekend, Izzy Pike earned her first tournament singles placing, winning bronze at the U14 Cheshire Open event on Saturday.

U13 County Championships

Another weekend dominated by badminton for the 13yrs players and their families, as the 2015/16 Championships took place on Friday April 29th and Sunday May 1st


Girls Singles

Winner          Eve Durrance

Runner up     Sophie Watson

Boys Singles

Winner         Rowan Clark

Runner up    Luke Hoult

Singles Plate

Girls Singles Winner   Tilly Dale

Boys Singles Winner   Fin O’Brien

Runner up                James O’Brien


Girls Doubles

Winners         Jess Allen & Tamsin Betts

Runners up    Sophie Watson & Eve Durrance

Boys Doubles

Winners         Luke Hoult & Rowan Clark

Runners up    Owen King & Tom Paterson-Watts.

uner 13 all players
Owen & Tom, Jess & Tamsin, Sophie & Eve, Rowan & Luke

Mixed Doubles

Winners        Luke Hoult & Tamsin Betts

Runners up   Rowan Clark & Jess Allen

U13 mixed 2016 luke and tamsin
Luke & Tamsin



U12’s do battle in York!

Another busy weekend’s badminton for the under 12yrs with a double header up at the York Railway Institute – and what a turn out it was!

Emma Thornley, Evie Pike, Eve Durrance, Sophie Watson, Tilly Dale, Grace Sherwin, Georgina Brembridge, Lewis Whyley, Owen King and Luke Hoult entered the Yorkshire U12 Open event on the Saturday, then while some returned home for a well-earned rest, another contingent of players joined on the Sunday: Emily Gallacher, Ayush  Panchal, Mitesh Chauhan and Tom Platzer joined the others to represent Leicestershire in the team event.

There were some great results from Saturday’s Open event led by a fantastic gold in the girls’ doubles for Eve and Sophie. Sophie also won silver in the girls singles and Eve a bronze. Owen and Luke won silver in the boys’ doubles, just losing out in the final 21- 19. Luke achieved his second silver medal in the singles. Other notable results saw Tilly Dale and Evie Pike win their group rounds in the girls’ singles to reach the quarter-finals and a special mention too for Grace Sherwin who ‘manned up’ and did well to play at all after a nasty fall left her bruised and battered on Friday evening. All the players showed their true Leicester grit, playing to the best of their ability and all should be proud of their results.

After a spot of team bonding over a meal on Saturday evening, Sunday morning dawned and it was time for the team tournament. Leicestershire started out of the blocks well in the first round, notching up easy wins against Notts, Cheshire and Yorkshire 2, which put us into the top half of the tournament to play Yorkshire 1 and Surrey for the medal positions. These were two very closely fought matches which unfortunately  went with the opposition with both matches ending 3-4. The team ended the day with a well-deserved bronze medal.

under 12 york 3rd place
U12 Team: Eve Durrance, Evie Pike, Owen King, Lewis Whyley, Tilly Dale, Mitesh Chauhan, Sophie Watson, Emily Gallacher, Ayush Panchal, Emma Thornley, Luke Hoult, Tom Platzer

Thanks to all the players; they all tried their very best and it was a great team effort!

And a big thanks to the parents for their support.

Report by Amie Hoult U12 Team Manager



Well, what an achievement for this group of players to make the finals day! The first time that this has happened for this cohort. A top eight finish was guaranteed out of the 39 county teams.

Following a great performance in the play offs against Yorkshire, on paper it was always going to be tough playing against one of the top four seeded teams. Would it be Cheshire, Essex, Warwickshire or last years winners Bucks?

The tension mounted as the draw was made. A loud cheer came up when the seeded Bucks were drawn against a very strong Surrey team. Cheshire drew Avon. Warwickshire drew Oxfordshire. Essex drew Leicestershire.

The match reporter felt slightly jaded from the Leicester City celebrations – could this Leicestershire team emulate those achieved by Leicester City too?

The first match against Essex would ultimately determine either a 1-4 or a 5-8 position finish. A pre match huddle team talk by Laura was supported by Mark.

Despite the superior gradings and rankings of the Essex team Leicestershire stuck to their strengths and kept in touch throughout the mixed finishing 2-2. All matches were close with the number 1 pairing of Martin and Ella securing the first victory winning 21-16. The final game in the mixed featuring Hritika and Daniel secured the 2-2 with a further 21-16 win.

Next up the singles. This looked tough on paper! Martin lost his game but this was quickly levelled up by a great win by Sameer. Tom C and Daniel lost against their opponents so Leicestershire really needed the girls to overcome their strong opponents. Hritika brilliantly beat her opponent 21-17 to bring the match score back to 4-5. Ella, Eve and Jas all fought well against their opponents but none could produce the vital wins. The match score after the singles was 4-8.

Doubles have always been strong for Leicestershire and would really need to pull out the stops to claw back the overall match from being 4-8 down. Three wins for Leicestershire out of the first four matches kept the dream alive of a top four finish. Notably, Martin and Tom C beating their opponents convincingly 21-14. The girls pairings of Eve and Hritika, and Ella and Jas beating their pairings too. The match score was now closer at 7-9.

To progress, Leicestershire would need to win maybe all of their last four matches or three out of four with very convincing points differences. The team got off to a good start with Martin and Tom C bringing the match score back to 8-9. Daniel and Tom L’s battled well against the Essex number 1 pair but couldn’t overturn them. Therefore, Essex were now 10-8 up. At this stage both managers were nervously totting up the points scored situation and the reality set in that unless both pairs of Leicestershire girls won by a 15 point margin then Leicestershire couldn’t overtake Essex. Jas and Ella did win though in a close fought battle 21-19 to bring the tie back to 9-10 but Eve and Hritika couldn’t level the match eventually losing 21-18.

A great fight by Leicestershire. A much improved score line against their playoff opponents from two years ago, narrowly losing 9-11! Well done!

The next draw by the organisers was to determine whether Leicestershire would be competing for the 5th and 6th positions or 7th and 8th. A guaranteed 5th or 6th would result if Avon could be overcome.

Could the mixed pairings get off to a good start?? There was a lot of double takes when Eve and Tom L quickly arrived back at the bench following a bizarre 21-1 win. Ella and Martin, and Hritika and Daniel also won to take the match score to 3-1 after the mixed, following a narrow loss for Jas and Tom C.

Great singles wins by 7 of the 8 Leicestershire players guaranteed at least the draw. All four girls winning against their opponents convincingly. The boys games were tighter with an excellent victory for Daniel beating a higher graded opponent. Wins were also achieved by Martin and Tom C. This making the match score 10-2.

The doubles started well with both boys pairs winning. The girls match points were shared with Jas and Ella winning, but Eve and Hritika losing. The match score then sat at 13-3 to Leicestershire.

Three of the four reverse doubles match wins also went to Leicestershire making the final result a strong 16-4 victory.

Bucks, following a narrow loss to Surrey in the first match of the day meant a lower finishing position for a very strong Bucks team. Could Leicestershire beat the odds against the higher graded Bucks players? This match was to determine the 5th and 6th final positions.

Despite scoring double figures in all matches Leicestershire were only victorious in two of them. These being Hritika and Daniel in the mixed winning 21-12 and in the final game of the match with Eve and Hritika winning 21-14 in the doubles. Though, a number of other matches are more than worthy of a mention. Firstly, Hritika gaining 16 points against a C grade girl in the singles, and Martin and Tom C narrowly losing 21-19 against international players in the doubles.

A fantastic 6th place out of 39 counties was indeed an excellent result for this great bunch of players and great manager too! This team could be formidable if this level of improvement continues! Roll on next year!

Match report by Mitch Dale.

Team players:- Hritika, Tom L, Jas, Tom C, Sameer, Eve, Martin, Ella and Dan.

City’s Primary Schools’ Challenge

Sir Jonathan North Community College has recently staged Round 4 of the City’s Primary Schools Badminton Challenge, with teams from Dovelands, Overdale and Wolsey House competing in both a pairs and a team event.

At the end of the Group stage all five pairs from Overdale managed to progress to the quarter finals along with three pairs from Dovelands, giving the former a 5 point team advantage. Wolsey fought hard but found it difficult to cope with the more experienced teams.

In the first semi-final, Overdale’s Jack Kelly and Jake Sutton overcame Dovelands Sancha Riches and Ben Carnoth 15-9. Dovelands prevented an all Overdale final when Hugo Inman and Harlan Brown defeated Ethan Singh Halet and Edie Witcombe 15-7.

In the final, both pairs remained neck and neck throughout with the lead constantly changing. At 19 all Inman and Brown’s more attacking style paid off for a 21-19 victory for the Dovelands pair.

The team event was won by Overdale whose quarter-final advantage proved decisive and they go through to the City Final in June.

Overdale team

Team placings: 1st Overdale; 2nd Dovelands; 3rd Wolsey House


Report by Greg Howes

Leicester City Badminton Coaching & Development Officer



NWL Primary Schools Badminton

Primary school competition is being piloted this season in 5 areas in the county, run by Greg Howes and myself. Before the competition could take place we needed to work with the schools to introduce the young players to the sport, so we came up with an offer which incorporated coaching in the schools. We do 6 weeks coaching in Curr-Time and at an after school club, then at the end of the training sessions a competition is arranged.

The schools in North West Leicestershire who agreed to work with us are Hugglescote, St Johns the Baptist, Belvoirdale and New Swannington. Each school selected 10 players to compete in the competition which was held at Newbridge High School, and with the help of some willing volunteers it was a success.


Well done to the doubles winners James and Jack (Hugglescote) and the runners up Miles and Rory (New Swannington) Congratulations to the winning school Hugglescote who will now go through to the County round at Babington College on July 1st, representing NWL where they will play against schools from 4 other areas. The winners of this round will then be crowned County Primary School Champions!

Report by Carole Spencer