72 hours

GETTING EVEN CLOSER –  72 HOURS before the Summer Camp starts.

72 hoursThe suspense is getting to me now. I have to wait the whole weekend before the West Midlands Performance Centre’s Summer Camp starts on  Monday 7th August, 10.00am prompt.

Would be worth arriving a little early so that you can have a wonder around the impressive Sport and Fitness Centre, University of Birmingham. Might inspire you to do a little more fitness……!

Lorraine Cole has written a three week program and is working with the likes of Julia Mann – GB Team and England squad coach, in not only for the Summer camp but to the PC on a permanent basis.

There will be sessions that cover Single, some that cover Doubles and others that cover mixed doubles. Not only the footwork, movement and balance but tactics, positional play and much more.

MORE details can be found HERE along with booking forms for those of us that are a little behind with their booking.

Emerging Fight Hard

Inter PC Manchester sees the Emerging team put up a hard Fight.Badminton fight

Manchester 2 July 2017 Inter PC where the West Midlands PC Emerging group have a fight and a half.

The team four of our most dedicated player, Joe B, Matt B, Abdul R and Victoria L. All travel to Manchester some have a longer journey than others with a coach ride leaving home at 4.30am….as I said dedicated.

A quick briefing saw an Emerging group of 6 teams, North Cumbria, Potteries, East Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside and of course WMPC. So a full on day with some very strong opposition, let the battles commence as the fight is on.

Two games were lost 1-4 but with 22-24, 19-21 as loosing scores, the match defeat does not tell the full story. The of course we won two games with a couple of 22-20s, 21-18s ans several 15’s more close games. The match against Manchester saw the biggest battle with the score at 2 games all it was down to the last end. Nail biting stuff but to no avail, 2-3 to Manchester and the fight was over. All said and done a good days badminton with loads of close calls and great experience.

Along journey home! Well done all.

Developing team struck with bad and good luck

luckHard luck strike the Developing team at Inter PC.

The Developing group at the Inter PC in Manchester was the biggest group of the tournament. The WMPC Developing group caught bad luck. Five PC players were selected to attend the tournament on Sunday 2nd July. After last year when we only selected four players and one dropped out on the day, it was hard then. So this year we thought five players to cover any drop outs. Good job we did. One of the strongest please was hit with an injury so luck was looking to be against us. So with four players we set about the task at hand.

The draw did not go our way so we have some strong opposition in our Group. The lads Caleb, Zak, Dileep and Charlie had got several tough matches on the horizon, but they were up for a battle, figures crossed the results could go their way. Unfortunately not to be.

Out of the 4 matches and 20 games played, all the games were hard fought and played well. Only winning two singles and three doubles games does not at all reflect the individual game scores loosing 21-23 and 23-25 with several looses to 17, 18 and 19. There was the odd bleep when the luck was all one sided but the boys played well. It was great to see how they had improved. Although there were no medals/trophies on the day at least one player can hold his head up after being nominated twice by the opposing teams, out of the four matches as Sports Person so well done Charlie.

ONE

CLOSER and CLOSER – ONE week left before the Summer Camp starts.

ONEOMG, ONE week to go………….!  Are you ready for Monday 7th August 2017 when the one and only Infamous West Midlands Performance Centre Summer Camp starts. Along with Lorraine Cole, JULIA MANN (GB and England coach) will be supporting Lorraine in the training sessions during the three week schedule. You need to be prepared to work hard as there will be NO prisoners, these sessions will be well SICK……….LOL.

If you are signed up to the camp then consider putting in to practice all that training by entering the SENIOR Bronze (where you can enter ALL three disciplines). AND/OR enter the TEAM TOURNAMENT (4 players per team with a combination of male and female), something different for the Summer……!

Comments from resent Summer Camp participates as they talk to Peter Clegg, Andy WainwrightJoe and Keerti.

All looks and sounds inviting, then don’t waste any time as there is less that one week to the camp………. Then enter yourself into one or both of the tournaments.

Redditch Badminton Summer Camp

Junior badminton in Redditch…………..Summer Camp

Redditch badmintonRedditch and Bromsgrove council are working with the West Midlands Performance Centre and running a 3 day Summer Camp in Redditch. Lorraine Cole will be at the Abbey stadium in Redditch for the 3 day camp, coaching children of all ages how to play badminton. More details can be found HERE on the Redditch BC website along with how to book.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity from August 1st to August 3rd, 9.00am till 3.00pm. Three days of badminton from the WMPC Head Coach. Abbey Staduim Redditch.

Interested then why not pop along and see what it is all about. Book places HERE.

TWO – Weeks to GO

YES – ONLY TWO weeks left before the Summer Camp starts.

TWOTime is running out  as August 7th is less that TWO weeks away. The first day of the infamous West Midlands Performance Centre Summer Camp for 2017 is getting closer.

Lots going on in August………..!

Not only is there the three week coaching at the summer camp but there is also the TEAM Tournament on August 19th and then the SENIOR Bronze on August 20th giving you a badminton packed weekend. This weekend is where you can (in some cases) put in to practice all the skills and training that you have picked u from the likes of JULIA MANN. Yes, Julia Mann the coach that trained the GB and England players. Bringing all of her knowledge and a different coaching skills to all three week of the Summer Camp.

Less that two weeks and all this can be yours. Details along with booking forms can be found HERE.

Welcome Julia Mann ENGLAND Coach

The PC extends a Massive Warm WELCOME to it’s latest NEW coach…….!

Julia Mann is a welcome addition to the Performance Centre’s pool of coaches. See joined us a few weeks ago and is already marking her mark. Julia has been working at Badminton England with the GB team and England squad for some time and is now moving up to the Midlands to join us at the WMPC. Take a look at her profile HERE.

Julia MannShe has been working mainly with the Developing and Emerging groups and has already undertake several 1-2-1 sessions with players who enjoy her sessions immensely. Really excited that she working along site our head coach Lorraine Cole for the whole of the Summer Camp. Having spoken to her today she is always keen to work with players who concentrate and push themselves during sessions but also listen to her suggestions and working on implementing them into their game/training.

Julia has been working closely with ForzaWM and is now sponsored by them. Congratulations Julia.  ForzaWM is a local online badminton clothing and accessories specialist who support the PC.

It is going to be a pleasure working with her at the Summer Camp 2017. I am certain, I am going to enjoy it more than the players.

THREE Weeks to go

With less that THREE weeks before the Summer Camp starts.

THREEAugust 7th see the first day of the Infamous West Midlands Performance Centre Summer Camp for 2017.

Full details of the WMPC Summer Camp can me found HERE.

Talking about top notch training Julia Mann, one Badminton England’s GB and England coaches will be leading the camp this year. So your training/coaching will be of the highest quality. Do you really want to miss this?………..NO! 

Some of the players who have booked on to the Camp are also making the most of their visit my entering the Senior Bronze Tournament. Enter the tournament HERE from the Badminton England site. Where you can enter ALL three disciplines (Singles, Doubles and MIXED). Alternatively enter the PC’s TEAM competition. Check out the website for details.
All of the events are being held at the University of Birmingham’s NEW sport and Fitness centre.

With less that three weeks to go you can not afford to waste any time……………….!

Raw Success at recent Inter PC in Manchester

WMPC sees RAW Success with a Silver.

The PC entered two teams into the Inter PC in Manchester. For the last few years the WMPC have entered several teams into the event held over two days for the various Badminton England levels in each Performance centre. The levels being Raw, developing and Emerging.

This year was no exception. The PC sent two teams in this category. Team 1  Dan, Zafer, Rahman, Joe and Sana.Team 2 Abdur, Arush, Vaibhav, Rhea and Reva.

Format was 5 games per match, each game going to 21 plus setting, with the game order being Singles, Doubles, Singles, Doubles,Doubles. Each match would produce a winning team. All of the teams were split into groups. Team 1 in a group of three and Team 2 in a group of 4. Depending on the position achieved in the first round groups, this dictated the on which group each team went through to in the next round and consequently which position each team played for.

Team 1 first round was in a group of three teams, of three groups.. Team 2 was a similar format three groups but consisted of 4 teams..

Let pay begin. Not know what the strength of the opposition it was hard to pick the right team for each match. But saying that the idea was not necessary to win each match.(although it would have been nice), the idea is to give each player match experience. So teams picked giving each player at least one singles game.

Team 2 had some really tough opposition, the first round saw some close game wins 22-20, 21-19 and some close losses, 19-21,21-23, 21-23. They all fought for every point and concentration was key. A couple of the players I have not seen for a few months and was really impressed on their improvement. It was great to see. They got through to the second round to play for positions 4-7. Sadly the opposition were strong so we got 6th place. They did really well.

Team 1 again had some tough opposition, but managed to finish the first round as top of the group.So the second round saw them playing for one of the medal positions so RAW success was almost guaranteed. They had a sit off for the first round and watched Cumbria fall to a strong Potteries team. We played Cumbria next and bat them. So now playing for Gold or Silver the pressure was on, in what was effectively the final. The two singles games did not go as well as hoped, with heavier that expected defeats. They redeemed themselves in the first doubles. With two doubles left to play and the games score at 1-2 down we needed to win both to get gold. 17-21 saw the Potteries take the match 1-3 with the last game still to play. A close with 21-19 left Team 1 with a 2-3 defeat and Silver. Well done all on your RAW success. I hope you all enjoyed the experience.

 

County Trials

Success at the local Junior County Trails

County TrialsSeveral of the PC member recently attended the Warwickshire (back in April) and Worcestershire (July) County trials and all that participated have been offered a place in the counties. The local County trials, for some can be a little daunting as at first you player against other likely candidates and then invited back to play against existing county members.

County TrialsSo well done to the following players Aditi, Arush, Akash, Nivid, Lucca, Nathan and others (apologies for missing your names off).If you are a member of the PC and feel you would like to trail for County then have a word with your coaches as the sessions you attend and they should be able to point you in the right direction of who to speak to.

The Performance Centre works with both Warwickshire and Worcestershire Schools Badminton Associations to help find suitable players for the counties. With their training at the Performance Centre and their county training the players improve rapidly. If your child is interested in county badminton for any of the local counties the contact Stephanie below or the counties themselves.

Stephanie Cartwright-Randle on 07976 814036 OR stefcr@live.co.uk