Friday 1st July saw the great and the good of Leicestershire’s junior badminton talent gather with their families to celebrate another fantastic season. This year saw a change of venue with the event being held at Hugglescote Social Club.
As well as the Team Managers’ speeches informing how their teams had fared in the year gone by, players were presented with certificates and county colours. The presentation evening also sees the annual awarding of a number of special trophies including:-
The Appleton Trophy which is presented by the Appleton family in the name of their son Garrick who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident a number of years ago and it is to be awarded to “The Most Outstanding Player of the Season” as decided by the committee. This year the award was given to Zoe King.
The Colin Kent Trophy is to be presented to someone who the committee had decided had given “Outstanding Service to Leicestershire Schools Badminton”. This year the trophy was awarded to Neil Cooper who is stepping down from the coaching team after many years’ service to Leicestershire’s young badminton players.
With the serious business completed, it was time for the players to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening. The newly formed social committee of Natalie, Liz and Alaina had organised a fantastic spread and raffle, which was ably compered by Mitch Dale. But the highlight of the evening was the live band, featuring our very own Ben Pullen and Dan Youngs both of whom swapped their badminton rackets for guitars for the evening. As their Team Manager Laura commented “I understand now why Dan has his hair long, I’m always tempted to take him a hair band to matches!!!”
A great evening was enjoyed by all and it was a fitting end to another successful year for Leicestershire’s junior badminton.