Team Leics Young Guns take on U11 Warwickshire Bronze

Saturday 27th January Under 11 Warwickshire Bronze

Today was the turn of the Leicestershire littlies – Matilda, Sylvie, Katie, Lola, Quinn, George, Ollie and Jonty all taking part. First up was singles…..

In the girls singles, Katie, Lola and Sylvie all made it through to the top half of the draw going into the knockout stage, with Sylvie making it through to the quarter finals. Matilda had a very tough box but managed to come away as the winner of the consolation draw

Boys singles saw Quinn, George and Ollie all going through to the top half of the draw. They all played amazingly well but unfortunately Ollie lost his game in the last 16 with Quinn making it through to the quarter finals. George played round 1 and 2 fantastically, beating the number 5/8 seed in round 2 to make it through to the quarter finals. Up against a young lad who had beaten the other 5/8 seed but came through to win 11-8 11-5 and through to the semis. We always knew this was going to be a tough one playing the number 2 seed and someone who was a year older than George. Final score was 11-8 13-11. It was a fantastic game and George was more than happy to come away with his first ever medal in his first national tournament.

Later in the day the team played doubles and mixed and they all played out of their skins and showed that Leicestershire are the ones to watch. Well done everyone!

Report by Natalie Clare


Bronze Medal for Sylvie & Matilda in MK

Congratulations to Team Leicestershire’s Matilda Sherwin & Sylvie Walker who won a bronze medal at the U11 Webber tournament in Milton Keynes on Saturday 6th January.

With a strong representation from Leicestershire, which also included Quinn Dunkley and Katie Hoult, the girls paired up in the doubles again and found themselves in the semi-final after a few good wins. Unfortunately, the Yorkshire opposition proved too strong this time winning 11-6 11-6 leaving Sherwin & Walker with a bronze medal which they were happy with.

Report by Alex Sherwin

Sylvie & Matilda
Sylvie & Matilda

Katie’s Silver Medal Smiles!

Katie Hoult aged 8yrs played in her first under 11yrs national tournament last weekend in Milton Keynes .

Katie entered the singles and the doubles partnering a young lady from Bucks.

The girls won one doubles game out of 3, they took their second game to 3 ends but lost and then came up against the number 1 seeds who ended up winners of the tournament. Katie played 3 games in her singles box, winning 1 and just missing out on her second win by losing in 3 ends.

This took Katie through to the knock out plate event. To mum’s surprise Katie went on to win in the quarters and won the semi, what a first experience playing in a final, she fought hard and never stopped running but unfortunately lost in 2 ends 11-9  11-9.

Katie tried her hardest all day and never stopped smiling and was very pleased to come away with a Silver medal!


First Badminton England Medal for Quinn!

Quinn Dunkley played his first BE singles tournament last weekend on December 2nd at the U11 Webber in Milton Keynes.

In the boys singles he managed to qualify out of his box unbeaten but lost in the QF 8-11, 7-11 to his doubles partner on the day Jayaditya (Jay) Kumar from Bucks.

 In the boys doubles playing for the first time with Jay they won bronze medals by qualifying out of their box with 2 wins and a defeat to the eventual finalists, then in the semi finals lost to the eventual winners.

 A great experience for Quinn and a new friend made in Jay!

Report by Andy Dunkley

Quinn & Jay
Jay & Quin

Success for Leics players at U11 English Nationals

Carly Stevenson and William Sewell competed in the U11 English National Championships held at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes on Sunday 11th September.

Both did a fantastic job and came away with medals from the day. Will earned a super 3rd place in the boys’ doubles with his partner Jack from Warwickshire. Carly and her partner Lucy from Notts claimed victory and gold medals in the girls’ doubles – earning the right to call themselves U11 English National Champions!

Very well done to both and congratulations Carly!


U11’s County Championships 2015/16


A really goods day’s badminton was had this weekend at Babington college where the under 11yrs championships took place.  When I started to put this competition together I did wonder how many would enter but to my surprise we had 13 boys and 8 girls in the singles events, 6 pairs in the boy’s doubles and 4 girls’ doubles pairs. Some of the players were really young but they showed no fear and played with great spirit and determination. It was lovely to see the youngsters enjoying the game of badminton.  I am sure over the next few years we will see these players develop their game and become future county players.

under 11 champs all players

In the girls’ singles Carly Stevenson took the event by storm and never lost a game all morning, which gained her the championship title. Layla Calisa got the runner up position. The top group of boys Mitchell Allen, Quinn Dunckley, William Sewell and Tom Platzer battled it out in the final stages of the competition. It came down to Tom and William playing to see who got the top spot – they had a great game with Tom coming out as the winner 21-16.

The partnership of Carly and Abigail Sanders proved too strong for the other girls and were winners of the girls’ doubles. Runners up were Matilda Sherwin, aged just 7 years, and Francesca Price.

The boy’s doubles were dominated by the strong pairing of Tom and William who won all their games while the runners up position went to Archie Norman and Leo Grady.

Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the players that entered!


Boys singles    THOMAS PLATZER               R/up – WILLIAM SEWELL

Girls Singles    CARLY STEVENSON             R/up – LAYLA CALISA

                        R/up ARCHIE NORMAN & LEO GRADY
Plate Event 
Boys Singles winner   BAPTISTE BROUQET          R/up GABRIEL DAVEY

Girls Singles winner   ISLA COTTRELL                 R/up SYLVIE WALKER


Tournament report by Carole Spencer


U11’s enjoy success in Warwickshire!

A very young U11 team travelled to Warwickshire this weekend with many of the players looking forward to representing Leicestershire for the very first time:-

The Team :
Girls – Carly , Francesca , Abby , Isla, Sylvie, Sansha and Matilda
Boys –  Tom, Mitchell, Archie , George , William and Jack.

under 11 team 2016

Match Report by Carole Spencer

Graham and I recently travelled to Warwickshire to help out with the U11 team. Everyone was a little nervous as we arrived at the Bridge Sports Centre since this was the first experience of competitive play for most of the team.

The Warwickshire coach assured me that they had 4 rookies in their team while we had 6 players who had never competed in a match before with some as young as 7 years old. This worried me but as they started to play, they grew in confidence and a great morning’s badminton was played. The match result did not matter; the aim was to give these young players the chance to compete and they definitely raised their game with some of our more experienced players doing really well against good opponents.

The results

Leicestershire won 9 games throughout the morning , 3 Mixed , 3 Boys singles, 1 girls singles and 2 boys doubles.
The two rookie managers Karen (Carly’s mum) and Adam (William’s Dad) did a good  job and I am sure will take this team forward to great things. Most of these players will now be competing in the U11 Championships next weekend at Babington College.

Well done to all the players and a big thanks to the parents for their support!

Primary Midway Team 2016

On Feb 28th the under 11 team travelled to Sheffield to play in the second leg of the Primary midway league. Our first game was against Yorkshire 2 which was good practice , the team settled in well and we came away with a 10-0 win. The next two matches went our way a 9-1 win v Cheshire and 10-0 victory v Northumberland , William Sewell showed a great performance in this match 8 – 3 down fighting hard to take the game 21-17 punching the air as he played.Next the deciding match was against Warwick who had been watching us play all day , this was going to be hard match , we managed to reach 4 games all with a cracking match played by Freddy and Tom , just the mixed to go, these last 2 games proved to be just to tough as the more experienced Warwick players took both games and we lost 6-4 . Our last match was v Yorkshire 1 for 3rd and 4th play offs . Yorkshire had 3 strong boys so soon won all their games , the girls pulled back with Sophie and Abbie winning again , unbeaten all day , a great experience for young Abbie , Mitesh and Abbie then had a very close game just loosing 20-21, so the match ended up 6-4 again. Our final position over the two legs was a very creditable 4th place. Some good partnerships were formed and all the players played their hearts out I was proud to manager the team. A big thanks to Karen for her help .

The Team – Tom , Freddie, Mitesh, Lucus , William , Sophie, Abbie, Carly and Emily.

Ian Watson

under 11 team x 2

Under 11/12yrs Friendly Match

The Team 6 x 6

Grace Sherwin, Evie Pike, Jiya Sheth, Carly Stevenson , Abby Sanders and Georgina Brembridge.

Lewis Whyley, Tom Platzer, Mitesh Chauhan, Lucas Hoffmann, Freddie Clare and William Sewell

On Sunday December 13th Leicestershire 11/12yrs played a friendly match against Derbyshire, and it turned out to be a very rewarding day .

Mixed Doubles we won 11 out of 12 games. A clean sweep in the boys singles a 6-0 win for us plus a 12-0 win in the Boys and Girls doubles.

The Girls singles we won 4 out of 6 , so the overall score was Leicestershire 28 – Derbyshire 3.

Three of Derbyshire girls dropped out at the last minuet, so 3 Leicestershire girls helped out , a big thank you to Ella Coyne , Molly Copping and Olivia Meddes.

Thanks to all the players and to the parents for their support.

Carole Spencer