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

Level 2 Coaching Certificate

Are you looking to become a Level 2 Badminton Coach?

Then look NO further as the WMPC are hosting a UKCC Level 2 Badminton Coaching course at the University of Birmingham.

The course runs over 4 day and will at the end of the course qualify the coach to independently plan, lead and review coaching sessions and develop coaching programmes to support the development of players.

Full details about the course can be found on the Badminton England site HERE. Course dates, booking and payment details can be found HERE on the Go Membership site.

So it you are already a Level 1 coach and your are looking to progress and become a Level 2 then do it in Birmingham at the new Sport and Fitness Centre at the University of Birmingham.

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.

48 hours

EXCITEMENT –  42 HOURS before the Summer Camp starts.

48 hoursEnjoy your weekend while you can as Monday morning, August 7th 10.00am I will be there to see the start. West Midlands Performance Centre starts its three weeks, of four days a week and four hours a day training. Hope you are as excited as I am.

Lorraine Cole is not only working with Julia Mann (GB and England team squad coach) but has other guest coaches running sessions during the three weeks. Learn what to eat and when, how to warm up properly, mentally prepare yourself for an important match…..and much more.

The sessions are over eight courts in the new hall, at the University of Birmingham’s NEW sport and fitness centre. Impressive building with lots going on and a Costa coffee on site. Spend a little time get there early and have a look round. If you have not yet chosen which university you want to attend then see what is on offer.

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.

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.