Herts U17B – Zak Malik

Zak Malik – Herts U17B – December 2018

Herts U17B - Zak Malik

Herts U17B – Zak Malik
Two Bronze medals

On the 1st December, I played in the Hert U17B Badminton England tournament. I played quite well, getting out of my box in singles sand doubles, however mixed was a different story. Despite being the THREE/FOUR seed, me and my partner (Emily Goode) failed to convert all of our games, losing to the gold medal winners 21-18.

However, in singles I was seeded NINE/SIXTEEN and comfortably won all my games, 21-15, 21-10, 21-9. I was then through to the round of 16 where I won my game 21-18, but it shouldn’t have been that close as I was 17-11 up. I was then confronted with the number TWO seed (Nithin Santhosh), who I had previously faced and beaten. This time proved à similar result and I came out on top winning 21-17. In the semi-finals I was faced with the THREE/FOUR seed (Arav Swati Abhay) who later went on to win the final 21-15. Unfortunately, I had lost this game 21-19 due to a very severe calf cramp and had to be carried off court. I had to postpone my pending doubles games for about half an hour as I couldn’t walk, but when I finally got round to playing, me and my partner, Sam Cook, had won all of our doubles games in a very tight box, narrowly beating the THREE/FOUR seeds (Jason Arya and Izaak Smith) 21-18 and beating the other two partnerships 21-16, 21-14. We were then in the semi-finals facing the number ONE seeds (Nithin and Prabav Santhosh) who were seeded ONE and TWO in singles. Unfortunately, within the first 11 points, me and my partner were unable to convert many of the points leading to a 21-11 loss. I thoroughly enjoyed this tournament and was pleased with my result.

Results for the Herts U17B can be found HERE.

Toby Beckett won Bronze at the Warwickshire U17 Bronze

Warwickshire U17 Bronze  November 2018 – Toby Beckett

Tony Becket, recently entered the Warwickshire U17 Bronze, a Badminton England tournament on Saturday 3 November 2018. Following in his own words how he won a Bronze in the Mens Singles.

Warwickshire U17BI played very well and managed to get a bronze medal. I got out of my box comfortably with scores such as 21-9 21-10 21-15 and 21-11. Then I got to the quarter final and won comfortably against an opponent I had lost to before 21-13 this was the game I was particularly pleased with. In the Semi-Final I played the number one seed and the overall winner of the tournament. I did lose this game but I played well and never gave up. The end score was 13-21. I really enjoyed this tournament and was pleased with my result, especially as I played a higher aged tournament.

The results can be found HERE.

Summer Camp 2018 – Week 3

Summer Camp 2018 – Week 3

The first two weeks of the Summer Camp 2018, held at the Sport and Fitness Centre, University of Birmingham, not only have they flown past but they have also been a massive success. Kristian Roebuck in week 1, along with Julia Mann. Lorraine Cole was overseeing all of the sessions. Week 2, Lorraine and Dave Prior ran the sessions. Week 3 of the Summer Camp 2018 sees Fontaine Chapman (recently married so now Wright), taking grip of the situation hopefully smashing it.Julia Mann is back along with Lorraine Cole.

To date between 34 and 39 players have taken to court most days of the Summer Camp 2018. Most sessions see at least 6 coaches in the room giving the players help and advise on techniques, movement, tactics.  With still two weeks to go if you are luck and don’t want to miss out there are still a couple of places left. See HERE for full details.

West Midlands Summer Camp 2018 – Where players just get better.

Just over a Week to go………Excited

Who’s excited about the Summer Camp?

With just over a week to go players and coaches are getting excited about the Summer Camp. Some players are travelling from west of the country Wales and east of the country Norfolk to attend the West Midlands Performance Centre annual Summer Camp.

SIX weeksGuess coaches are lined up to for three out of the four weeks, each bringing their own individual skills and knowledge for the sessions they are running. So each week will be different. Although the sessions will cover singles, doubles movement and tactics, there will of course be technical training for techniques. At the end of the day players will walk away with better skill and techniques and more knowledge.

All this is hosted at the fabulous Sport and Fitness Centre, University of Birmingham, B15 7TT. Fabulous facilities and the main hall has 12 badminton courts.

Excitement is rising with 10 days to go. Although the deadline hascome and gone there are odd places left.

Contact Lorraine Cole – Head Coach l.m.cole@bham.ac.uk – 07966 142196

SIX weeks to go to the Summer Camp 2018

The WMPC Summer Camp 2018 is just over six weeks away…..Can you believe it….?SIX weeks

It has been almost a year since the August 2017 Summer Camp and now it is six weeks away. Hopefully you have got your places booked on to the three days of four weekly training sessions. Each day consists of four hours training, guaranteed to tier you out and make you ache………..BUT more than anything it as the PC’s logo say is ‘Where badminton players just get better’. For full details and booking forms Click HERE.

So in six weeks time are you going to be there? If not why not? You do know it makes sense! Last year saw players from as far as Gwent, Norfolk, Lancashire and Essex. We have had at our Whitsun Camp, players from Cornwall and Wales so it must be good if they are coming back.

So don’t leave it SIX weeks before you book you place(s). DO IT NOW

Whitsun 2018 – Badminton Camp

Keep your badminton up over this Whitsun 2018 break!

The West Midlands Performance Centre are hosting their holiday badminton camps over Whitsun 2018. Again this is where players for all levels from beginners, intermediate, county players and international players come together under one roof to train hard. Training us under the watchful eyes of two former England players Lorraine Cole and Julia Mann. The badminton camp is hosted at the Sport and Fitness Centre, University of Birmingham. Four hours per day three days over Whitsun half-term.

Whitsun 2018All the details of the Whitsun 2018 badminton camp can be found HERE. The deadline was Friday 18 May 2018 but there are just a couple of places left. Visit the website with full details including the booking form.

 

Under 17 Nationals – Milton Keynes – April 2018

Across he board success for the PC at the Under 17 Nationals 2018

The WMPC had one of their most successful weekends in their history at the Under 17 Nationals in Milton Keynes. Of the five available titles, the WMPC took two golds in both the mixed doubles and ladies doubles respectively. Four girls (Asmita Chaudhari, Kiara Henry, Victoria Liang & Khushi Naik) competed in the tournament to a very high level and should be extremely proud of their efforts. Kiara Henry won her first ever national title in the ladies’ doubles alongside Pamela Reyes (Buckinghamshire) after a hard fought three set final against Evans/Van Leeuwen (Warks/Bucks), an amazing achievement for Kiara, who really raised her level at key moments during the weekend. In the singles, she lost out 22-20 in the third set against the 3rd seed, Gauri Shidhaye, who went on to reach the final. Asmita Chaudhari, with a lot of pressure to win at the U17 level after her successes at the U19 Nationals, did herself proud with collecting another national title in the mixed doubles alongside Ethan Rose (Oxfordshire). After a

Left to right
Peter, Asmita, Victoria, Kiara and Lorraine

tough semi-final, they were in a higher class than their opponents Reyes/Green (Bucks/Surrey), who was looking for her third national title in one day! Asmita also picked up a bronze medal in the ladies doubles (with partner Annie Lado), missing out in two close sets against Evans/Van Leeuwen. The fourth medal of the weekend came from Victoria Liang in the mixed doubles. After an extremely good season on the circuit, Victoria and partner Jack Taylor made it to the semi-finals after two good wins, before taking on Reyes/Green, losing out in straight games, despite some flashes of brilliance. Khushi Naik, who has only been playing for THREE years, came into the ladies singles event seeded 5/8, but was given a tough draw in the form of Tashvi Parab (Bucks), who was the runner-up at the U15 Nationals the weekend before. After a slow start in the first set, Khushi recovered from 20-17 down in the second set, to take it 22-20, before sadly losing out 21-18 in the third set. An extremely high level match from Khushi, who is improving every time she steps on court. She also reached the quarter finals of the ladies doubles (with Sophie Watson), losing out to Asmita and Annie Lado. As I’m sure you can understand the WMPC is extremely proud of all the girls playing at the Nationals this weekend, and for four of the fifteen medals available to be coming to the WMPC it is an amazing achievement. These girls will continue to work hard, but we would love to see some boys at these events next year too! Head Coach, Lorraine Cole said, ‘It was very emotional, hot and exciting at the same time and I am extremely proud of the results we have achieved from all the girls who have come through the programme we offer.’

Peter Clegg – WMPC Coach

Solihull League – WMPC v S&S Spitfires

WMPC Times Issue 2 – February 2018

READ ALL ABOUT IT – WMPC Times Issue 2 – February 2018

Times Issue 2

Times Issue 2

Some of the term’s news and results are highlighted in the West Midlands Performance Centre’s Newsletter the ‘WMPC Times’. The WMPC Times is written by editor Peter Clegg. One of the coaches and players at the Performance Centre. Talking to the players he takes their information and re-lives it on paper so that other members of the PC can join in their success.

This term sees lots of success for Asmita Chaudhari in the U19 National Championships. Kiara Henry in the Surrey U17 Gold and Sana Sibal on the U13 Bronze circuit. See all the details in this half-term’s WMPC TIMES.

If you have entered your first tournament OR had have your first success at a tournament, your experiences and you views on the competition and it results are items of interest to all. Then why not get them published in the next issue of the WMPC Times.

Contact Peter Clegg on 07449 974861 or PXC486@student.bham.ac.uk

April 2018 – Easter Camp

FYI Badminton player…….April 2018 Badminton camp over Easter.

Due to the success of previous badminton camps , the West Midlands Performance Centre is running badminton training during April 2018, over the Easter break.

The new Sport and Fitness Centre, at the University of Birmingham is the fabulous venue where the training takes place. Two hours in the morning with a break to recuperate and re-fuel, ready for the afternoon session.

If you enjoyed the last one the bookon to this one and why not bring a friend or your doubles partner.

Several coaches will be in the hall to deliver the daily programme to the various smaller groups during the day.

All the details can be found HERE along with booking forms. Places will be limited so get in quick. Booking deadline is 28 March 2018.

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