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

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

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

Toby Beckett – Medals weekend

Medals weekend for young WMPC player Toby Beckett.

Young Toby Beckett had a fabulous medals weekend after participating in two different Under 15 tournaments at the weekend.

Saturday 3.3.2018 – u15 Bronze.
MENS SINGLES – His family ploughed through the snow to the Warwickshire Under 15 Bronze tournament. After getting out of his box and winning in the first round of the knock-out he was through to the semis. He faced his doubles partner Harry Jones. Toby pushed hard winning. Toby lost in the final giving him his first ‘medals weekend’ treasure in the form of a Silver medal.
MENS DOUBLES – Toby played with Harry, to go successfully through two knock-out rounds and saw them in the final. Tough final, but Toby and Harry took the game, giving Toby his second ‘medals weekend’ treasure a Gold medal.

Sunday 4.3.2018 – U15 Bronze Hertfordshire.
MENS SINGLES – Straight through the box, narrowly missing playing his doubles partner. Three knock out rounds to see him through to the final. Winning 21-16, giving Toby this third ‘medals weekend’ trophy with a Gold.
MENS DOUBLES – Toby and Harry got out of their box, only to meet the number one seeds and unfortunately they proved a little to strong for Toby and Harry.

U13 Bronze Tournament March 2018

West Midlands PC host snow threatened Tournament March 2018

Under 13 Bronze tournament March 2018 was heavily threaten by snow building up to the tournament date of 4th. The ‘siberian beast’ nearly caused a casualty. With a heavy entry of around 65 players all under 13. Bad weather was forecast but with players travelling from as far away as Cornwall, Nottinghamshire, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire, West Midlands PC were reluctant to cancel.

Most folks set of earlier that normal to make the journey there. The a full on day of badminton was seen and all done by the time the centre close at 6.00pm. A couple of ‘Thank you’s go to Richard Jones (Connor’s dad) whos help behind the desk and keeping the score board up to day, massive help. Uma Reddy (Akash’s dad) on suttle control, keeping you guys in order and limiting the knocks. AND of course young Sam White (a PC coach), it was his first tournament behind the desk.

That aside we got through approximately 170 games yesterday without any major problems. An almost close injury, couple of scoring disputes and line call queries, but nothing major. A few tears here and there, but soon forgotten. So a relatively easy day in that respect.

Lucca and Venus – Silver WD

The WMPC saw the following medals for their players.
Lucca Modin – Gold – LS Plate and Silver – LD
Akash Reddy – Bronze – MS Plate
Well done to all the PC’s up and coming stars for participating in the event.

 

 

 

Lucca – Gold WS Plate

FYI – Parents. The Tournament Organisers job can be made so very difficult, IF, you don’t let them know your arrival times OR when you leave the building during a break in your play. We are always willing to help and accommodate IF we know. Communication is the key.

Akash – Bronze MS Plate

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.

PC v. Tudor Grqnge – 22.10.2017

Solihull Junior League WMPC v Tudor Grange
Sunday 22 October 2017

Langley School

Second match and we play Tudor Grange sees four PC members turned up early at the second of the Solihill Junior League games and a different venue from the first match.
Raring to go we picked the court for the evening. We were one of the first teams there so we waited patiently for the opposition.
Tudor Grange’s team manager walked straight over to say hello, fellow self employed coach, Steve Kiernan who I had not seen for a couple of years. So we did a bit of catching up whilst the boys knocked up and we filled the score sheet in.
Down to business and Ethan and Toby went on for their first game. Best of three games and with a comfortable opening game beating the Tudor grange first pair in two games to take the rubber. Then Charlie and Joe took to court. Not quote such a fast start but once they got going a good game, settling in nicely. Again in two games to give us two rubbers.
There pairings stay the same for the second round but our second pair play the first pair from Tudor. Grange and vice versa (our first play their seconds). Mot quiet so comfortable but we came though the second round of games unscathed, with another two rubbers.
Third round not quiet as easy. The pairing changes (as per the format) and our no. 1 player pairs up with our 3rd player, whilst no. 2 plays with no. 4. Now on two courts al four players took to court. Toby and Charlie made light work of the opposition moving them around and generally putting them under pressure. Joe and Ethan won the first game but the opposition fought back in the second taking the game 22-20 to Tudor Grange, one game all. Sorted themselves out in the last game to give us an overall win on rubber 6-0. Well done guys here’s to the next one.

Badminton SMASH hit in Birmingham

Summer Camp smash hit will all the players………

Summer Camp Week ONEWeek ONE of the Summer Camp, at the University of Birmingham’s NEW sport and fitness centre, proved to be a SMASH HIT for the West Midlands Performance Centre.

This annual event’s first week, saw in excess of 40 badminton players, aged from as young as three years old to a gentleman in his thirties, participate in the badminton Summer Camp. The first week was run over four days and not only included routines, covering the different shots, lift, drop, net etc…. it covered singles and doubles rotation, technical advice to improve individual techniques, but I think for most the footwork to music was the biggest smash hit with all the players. Footwork to music was held in the impressive dance studio at the Sport and Fitness Centre, even for all passers by to see from Edgbaston Park Road. The two hour session was lead by Julia Mann (England and GB coach) who demonstrated each routine for the players to follow and practice.

There are still two weeks left of the Summer Camp w/c 14th and w/c 21st. Now with only limited places left. If you are quick booking forms can be found HERE

24 hours

HOT DOG –  24 HOURS before the Summer Camp starts.

24 hoursAugust 7th is less that 24 hours away. The first day of what is planned to be a fabulous training camp over the Summer.

Three weeks start tomorrow. If you have not booked on and you can not make it tomorrow then book for next week, starting 14th August, or even the week after.

Julia Mann is working with Lorraine Cole (Head Coach at the PC) both X England players, so you tell me how good is it going to be. Awesome springs to mind. SnC, Footwork to music, Nutrition are just tasters….(no punn intended) for the contecnt of the camp.

And to top that it is at the NEW Sport and Fitness Centre at the University of Birmingham. Get there early so you can have a look round the center. Impressive…!

 

West Midlands Performance Centre Summer Camp for 2017.