U16 County Championships – 5th May 2019

The U16 County Championships will be held on Sunday 5th May 2019 at Babington Academy, Strasbourg Drive, Beaumont Leys, Leicestershire, LE4 0SZ.

The event is open to any player born on or after 1st January 2004 that was born, lives or goes to school in Leicestershire and entrants do not have to be county players.

Details and the entry form can be downloaded here and must be sent to Amie Hoult by Monday 29th April 2019.

U16 County Championships

The annual U16 County Championships were held at Babington Community College on Sunday 28th January where the winners and runners up were:-

BS Winner – Luke Hoult

BS R/Up – Tom Paterson-Watts

GS Winner – Jess Allen

GS R/Up – Tamsin Betts


BD Winner – Luke Hoult and Rowan Clark

BD R/Up – Owen King and Louie Stevenson

GD Winner – Jess Allen and Tamsin Betts

GD R/Up – Sophie Watson and Carly Stevenson


XD Winner – Luke Hoult and Grace Sherwin

XD R/Up – Tom Paterson-Watts and Tamsin Betts

Well done to all the players and special congratulations go to Jess Allen winning the singles and doubles and to Luke Hoult for a clean sweep in all 3 events!



U16’s Continue Shires Success

It was another good win for the Under 16yrs Team this weekend in their Shires League fixture against Yorkshire 2

There were a few close games , but the Leicestershire players put all those training practices to good use and showed their experience winning the match 20-0.

Well done to all the players and it was nice to see Danny back from injury!

The Team

Tilly Dale, Sophie Watson, Jess Allen, Tamsin Betts and Grace Sherwin.

Rowan Clark, Luke Hoult, Tom Paterson -Watts, Owen King and Danny Beynon

Success at the U16 Rising Stars

Saturday 27th May saw most of the Team Leics U16’s travel to take part in the annual Warwickshire Rising Stars competition – one of the season highlights!

With the mixed doubles event seeing a straight knockout format in a large and challenging field, only Sameer Chenia & Sophie Watson managed to progress to the quarter-finals.

The singles competition was split into an A and B event. Jess Rodgers played well to win her group and make the semi-finals of the B group before losing to eventual winner Mollie Bailey for her second singles bronze medal in 2 weeks.

In the level doubles, both boys pairs of Harry Clare & Sameer Chenia and Rowan Clark & Luke Hoult won 2 of their 3 group games with Harry & Sameer being particularly unlucky to lose their 3rd 15-11 in the 3rd against the eventual silver medallists.

In the girls event, both Leicestershire pairs of Izzy Pike & Jess Rodgers and Jess Allen & Tamsin Betts won all their group games to go through to the semi finals. Jess & Tamsin facing the top seeds Warwickshire’s Milly Evans & Caitlin Harper did well to take the first game 15-10 but were unable to hold off a very strong pair who took the next two for the win. Izzy & Jess meanwhile took on the #2 seeds Melissa Lin & Mollie Bailey. Once again the Leicestershire girls took the first end 15-9 but were unable to hold onto their early lead against the experience of the Cornwall girls. A pair of bronze medals and an excellent performance from the  Leicestershire girls which saw them take 2 of the top 4 places in a very competitive tournament.


Gold for Sophie in U16 Open

Bank Holiday weekend saw Leicestershire girls Sophie Watson and Carly Stevenson decide to have some fun in the sun at the seaside at the Bournemouth U14 & U16 Open events held on consecutive days over the weekend.

With the U14 event first on the Saturday, both girls played well with Carly losing to Sophia McCullough in the group after winning her first game. Top seed Sophie also lost to McCullough in a tough semi-final 15-13 15-14 to win the bronze medal.

Back on the Sunday with a new partner, Warwickshire’s Khushi Naik and seeded 3/4, Sophie faced another tough semi-final against U13 England pair McCullough & Chloe Dennis, this time coming out the winner with a 17-15 3rd end going to the Leics/Warwks girls. The final was a much more comfortable win for Sophie & Khushi, beating the Hampshire pair of Darlington & Chapman 15-8 15-11 to win gold in only their second outing as a pair together.

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