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Ex – Chairman of the LSBA Clive Ellames

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Clive Ellames.

Clive used to be Chairman of the LSBA and coached in the county for many years, mainly Hinckley way, also he played in the Nuneaton league and had worked at Badminton England.

The family are thinking about a few words to reflect Clives’ life in work/badminton/sport. Therefore if you you knew him or of him and have any words or messages please can you send them on to
The family would really value this.

Details of his funeral arrangements have been passed to us by his family and are available below:

Tuesday 25th November at 1pm

All Saints Church, Sapcote.
Followed by internment at Sapcote Ceremony at 1.45pm
The family are considering refreshments afterwards but details of this are yet to be confirmed.
Strictly Family Flowers only.
Any donations should be for the chosen charities; British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK
These, along with any cards can be sent to:
McCartneys Funeral Service
47 Coventry Road
LE10 0JR
(01455) 637138

Leicestershire U15 win against Norfolk

MATCH REPORT U15 Shires Tournament -Leics ‘v’ Norfolk2Sunday 2nd November 2014.

The kettle is on, snacks and cakes on the table and our 10 county players are warming up ready for their first U15 Shires match of the season against Norfolk2 team – bring it on!

11.09am and the Mixed pairs games begin … only 5 minutes in and Ella and Martin are victorious in their 1st game and after another 5 minutes see their 2nd and final game in the bag. Closely followed by Eve and Ryan, Jasmin and Tom and Hritika and Nikhil who only conceded 12 points in both their games.

Next came the Singles, with some great smashes from Ella, Martin moving his opponent around the court conceding only 11 points in two games, Tom C’s great net shots, Issy’s drop shots and cross court net shots and all four players managing to beat their opponents to two games. Nikhil, TomL, Jasmin and Hritika were next on the courts and followed suit with four winning matches to two games, noticeably some great point winning shots from Hritika with her overhead cross court, TomL showing us his strong clears right to the back of the court, Jasmin’s defence and drop shots and Nikhil’s shuttle placement right in the back corners. SINGLES RESULT 8 – 0

Team Fitness was shown to have definitely improved especially when our Norfolk opponents requested a 5min break between the Singles and Doubles games; all our players were ready to go again after a quick drink.

Doubles teams next with the boys TomL and Ryan showing great team partnership with good combinations, solid defence and control at the net, two games down and both wins to 4 and 12. TomC and Martin following suit with great team play and victory over their Norfolk opponents winning to 9 and 7 points. The girls doubles teams also worked well together with Eve and Issy’s shot positioning only conceding 13 points over their two games and Ella and Jasmin’s court coverage and team play with strong attacks at the net, both girls teams won their games. DOUBLES RESULT 4 – 0

Cross-over matches next, with the boys teams sticking to their winning streak and finishing their matches in two games. Ella and Jasmin also came out on top with only 7 points conceded over their two games. Eve and Issy’s first game was a quick finish to 21-6. Their 2nd game was a nail-biting 22-24 score with our girls just losing out to the top Norfolk pair. All eyes were now on court 2 watching the final game decider …. you could hear a pin drop at each serve. Our girls kept their cool, showed excellent defence and produced some great badminton especially cross court drops and jumping in for those all important net kills. Our girls triumphed to rounds of applause with a final 21-10 win. CROSS-OVERS RESULT 4 – 0

End Result : Leicestershire : 20 Norfolk2 : Nil

What a great start to the Shires season, WELL DONE and congratulations to all the players, it was a pleasure to watch and see how every player has improved since the start of the new season. Here’s to our next Shires gathering against Yorks2 at The York Railway Institute on 23rd November.

U16 North Midway Match Report

U16 North Midway Badminton League Match Report

Date: 26th October 2014

Team Leicestershire:

Boys – Nick Twells, Cameron Collins, Sam Wood and Joe Hill.
Girls: Chloe Wilkins, Wembley Prince, Ella Haines, Eve Dale and Isobel Patterson-Watts

The day didn’t start well with the Twells Team Bus being delayed due to a SWAN on the M1!! This limited the amount of warm up time that the Team had, which did have an impact on the first Match, which was against a strong Cheshire Team.

As there were only 4 Counties entering the Tournament the format was changed to 4 mixed, 4 singles and 2 doubles matches., a total of 16 games up for grabs.

Match 1 Leicestershire v Cheshire
The mixed doubles started well with Nick and Wembley showing the way with a comprehensive 21-11 victory, which was supported by an excellent performance from Joe and Isobel who won 21-14. Chloe and Sam narrowly lost 18-21 and a nervous Cameron and Eve also lost 10-21, which meant we were level at 2-2. Then came the dreaded singles games!!! With 8 players in action only Ella came up trumps and won 21-11. That meant the score shot up to 3-9 Oh Dear!! Next came the doubles, wow what a difference with, Sam & Nick, Cameron & Joe, Chloe & Wembley and Ella & Eve winning every game to finish the result 7-9.

Match 2 Leicestershire v Yorkshire
Chris Hall, now looking less green than he was a few hours before!, gave a stirring team talk. This spurred on the team, who started well again with Sam & Chloe and Cameron & Wembley winning. Nick & Ella and Joe & Isobel had great matches and both lost narrowly. Again the match was in the balance at 2-2 before the dreaded singles!! Nick started a very tough match and came out winning 21-20. This set the tone and Joe, Chloe, Ella and Eve all won their matches. This meant the score was 7-5, we can play singles! Next came the doubles with the pairings of Nick & Sam, Cameron & Joe, Chloe & Wembley and Eve & Isobel all winning the matches with some excellent badminton, most notably Eve & Isobel winning 21-8. The best moment of the match being a TAXI on Nick! The final result was 11 – 5, a great result, bring on the next match.

Match 3 Leicestershire v Warwickshire
With the Team buoyant from the win against Yorkshire, this lead to a good start in the mixed doubles with Nick & Wembley, Sam & Chloe and Joe & Eve winning their matches comfortably and Cameron & Ella just losing out. The score was now 3-1 going into the singles. Cameron, Sam, Joe, Chloe and Wembley won their games to leave the score 8-4 going into the doubles and needing one more game for victory. Nick & Joe played some great badminton to win comfortably 21-11, with a few ‘pings’ and laughs along the way. Next up was the Cam-Sam show, who won a very competitive match. Wembley and Chloe dominated their match 21-3. Eve & Isobel had a much tougher match against a strong pair and they lost their match. The final team score being 11-5, another great performance from the Team.

We finished 2nd place overall, with a great chance to push for 1st place next time.

Well done and thanks to all the players, parents and Chris & Pete Hall for all their help.

Alan Twells, Team Manager.

Babington College

I am pleased to say that Babington College is open again from Monday 27th Oct , so all sessions will be on as normal.

Reminder –     there will be NO TRAINING  ( at Babington cc )   on  SATURDAY NOV 8TH due to the  Annual under 15yrs National Tournament.

We are really sorry about all the disruptions in your child’s training and hope that things will now settle down.

Babington college are trying their best to avoid further disruptions and to  keep things safe for us all , but please be vigilant when dropping your children off and accessing the building , this is a major project.

Please see an email below regarding payments .

Kind Regards


Babington College Closure

Sorry  to inform you  that Babington College is closed today and over the weekend .
The work being carried out is taking longer that expected .
We are expecting it to be open on Monday  27th Oct.
Please check your emails on Monday for more information .
We apologise for this inconvenience but its out of our control.
The safety of the participants is the issue at the moment.
Kind R-egards

NBL team Loughborough Sport

With faster match-play, PowerPlay points and tense tie-breaks, the UK’s first ever National Badminton League got off to a flying start on match-night 1.

Now your local NBL team Loughborough Sport take centre stage as they face Team Derby in league action on 3 November (Match-night 2), starting 7.45pm.

Be there to support double Glasgow 2014 medallist Lauren Smith and the star-studded Loughborough Sport squad in their first home fixture of the season at the iconic Sir David Wallace Arena, Loughborough University.

Book the edge of your seat at The David Wallace Arena Tickets for Loughborough Sport v Team Derby are now on sale with SKY Tickets, priced £5 for children and £8 for adults.

Special offer student tickets and group deals are selling fast but are still available.