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U12's  posted 27 May 2017

The Under12s had the honour of holding the last WSBA Coventry training session of the 2016-17 season and they capped off a successful season with a fun tournament and an opportunity to play the coaches.  Well done to the whole squad for the progress that you have made and good luck to those moving up.

We look forward to meeting the new players who will join us after the short break.


WSBA U16 Rising Stars Tournament - Saturday 27th May 2017  posted 27 May 2017

Well done to Caitlin and Milly who won Gold in the U16 Rising Stars Girls A Doubles.

Caitlin also won Gold in the Girls A singles and Milly won Gold in the Mixed Doubles with her partner Nathan. 

Brilliant results girls.

Thank you to everyone who has helped run the Girls Tournament at Myton School today - Paul Harper, Caroline Kirk and Jo Evans - well done to all WSBA players who have taken part in the U16 Rising Stars Tournament as i write this, the U16 Rising Stars boys are still playing over at St Nicks. A Big Thank you to Helen, John and Dan McHugh, Kate Close and Lesley Scott for manning the Desk all day. No mean feat in the heat either! Thank you to everyone who looked after Cafe Shuttle in both venues Mark Curtlin and Charlie Wong. More photos and details to come.

1st International Tournamnet win for Joe - at the Glasgow International Youth Badminton Tournament  posted 23 May 2017

Joe S and his partner Sam won gold in the U13 boys double final against the No1 seeds from India - Amam and Lakshay.

What a fantastic result Joe and Happy Birthday for Saturday -  a result you won't forget!

Many congratulations from everyone at WSBA - fantastic result!

Congratulations to all WSBA players who entered this Tournament what a great experience to play against a number of International players.


U12 Shires Leahue Final - Sunday 21st May 2017  posted 21 May 2017

The first Under 12 Shires League season concluded with the Finals day at Wolverhampton and Bronze Medals for the Under 12s.

We won our place in the top 4 by winning our first match of the day by beating Sussex 14-6.  After sharing the Mixed and Boys Singles, we pulled away throughout the Girls Singles and the Boys and Girls Doubles.

We drew Yorkshire in the semi-final and knew they were strong because they had previously beaten us in the regular season match.   However, the team put that out of their mind and played some great badminton fighting for every point, but sadly we went down 13-7 so went into the Bronze Medal play off.  Yorkshire went on to win the Gold.

Once again, we shared the Mixed and Boys Singles with Berkshire but took all four Girls Singles to take control and took the Bronze Medal with three of the Girls Doubles rubbers and two of the Boys Doubles.  A well-deserved 13-7 victory.

A good reward for a hard season and many positives that we can take out it.  We have seen all of our players develop and compete hard, and we also had one Under 10 and two Under 11s in our team so the foundations are in place for next season.

The Finals team was Delphie-Beau, Ella, Grace, Keerti, Sana, Alexander, George, Jack, Jacob, and Krish but we must also thank Charlotte and Zafer for playing in matches to help us get there and the whole Under 12 squad for pushing the players throughout the season.  Well done all!

Match report submitted by Tim Ward.

U16 Shires League Final - Sunday 14th May 2017  posted 14 May 2017

A BIG Congratulations to the U16 Shires League Teams – Warwickshire 1 and Warwickshire 2 who reached the Final on Sunday 14th May 2017 at Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury – there were some tough team matches and - Warwickshire 1 finished runners-up and Warwickshire 2 finished 8th - well done to all of the players, coaches and parents who made this event possible

Detailed results can be found  here

Match report for Warwickshire 2 submitted by Mark Curtlin - Team Manager.

A day of expectation for the Warwickshire U16 B squad at the finals saw every player arrive with and leave with a smile. 

The opening match saw us drawn against top of the table Bucks and we knew it was going to be a tall task. 

The match finished with a 20-0 defeat but Dan W and Dan H had chances to take some glory but narrowly missed out 21-20, so many games were lost by just the odd point, but undaunted and after

A rousing team talk by coaches George and Mark we then drew Yorkshire. 

The matches seemed to be getting easier as the players realised what they needed to do, two great wins by Khushi in the ladies singles and Khushi and Pradeepta in the ladies doubles saw us register our first games of the day but it still wasn’t enough and we ended up losing valiantly 18-2. So after yet another rousing team talk we then drew Cheshire. 

All four pairings worked hard and we managed to chalk up our first mixed doubles game of the day thru Dan W and Pradeepta, Pradeepta  and Anna then went on to record great singles wins and we then topped off the fixture with an Awesome Ladies doubles win for Anna and Alice. The final result being a spirited 16-4 loss. 

All the players involved had a great day and took on some awesome opponents, they stuck to it, never gave up and always came out with a great attitude. 

The team spirit was truly amazing, with parents giving as much on the sidelines as those on the courts. 

A great day and one long remembered. 

I would like to thank all the WSBA players in the U16 Squad on the day, Dan M, Dan W, Dan H, Attithya and Isaac (Injured but still turned up just in case, what a legend!), Khushi, Pradeepta, Alice, Anna and Alex and I would also like to thank all those players who played during the league but weren’t selected on the day, Sam, Matthew, James and Rhea, we couldn’t have made it without your support throughout the year, great stuff! 

I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the parents throughout the year, you have been the extra Squad member so many times, gives me Goosebumps every time I think  of your support, thanks guys. 

And the final thank you goes to Coaches George Tarver and David Tomkins, they have been great coaches to have throughout the season, there technical advice is amazing and the players have really responded to them, thanks for making the job that little bit easier!!!! 

So the final accolade has to go to our player of the Day, This player had been Captain for every match during the Season, has been a great guiding force for the rest of the Squad and even when his results have not gone the way he hoped he still managed to keep the other players on their toes, that player is Dan W. Well done! 

Roll on next season


Arden Academy success yesterday at the National School Badminton Championships.  posted 08 May 2017

Arden Academy’s KS3 Girls Badminton team successfully defended their National School title on Sunday at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

A Badminton England initiative that is growing each year with over 8,000 schools taking part and 44,000 students. The team included three of Warwickshire's Junior County members, Milly, Mia and Tessa . Also on the team was Francesca, a member of Knowle Badminton Club.

The girls succeeded in local, county and regional rounds to reach the final and the final was competed by 9 schools, 3 groups of 3 teams. Arden went into the competition as a seeded school. In their box they defeated Sheffield Girls High 5-0, followed by a more difficult draw against Kendrick School 3-2. The winners of each group then played against each other for the medal positions.

Arden held their nerve with a 4-1 victory against Queen Elizabeths Academy Trust and a nail-biting 3-2 win for the gold medal over Chelmsford County High School.

A fabulous day! 

Match report submitted by Caroline Kirk.

Fabulous result girls - Congratulations from everyone at WSBA.

This is a link to more details and photos on the Badminton England website - badminton england news item


U12's York Tournament  posted 01 May 2017

The U12s had a good day at the Yorkshire U12 Team Tournament.  Although we were scheduled to take 6 girls and 6 boys, we had a last minute withdraw due to illness but the organisers allowed us to play without penalty with a girl doubling up in each match.

We played four matches, beating Cheshire, Lothian, and Yorkshire 2 but once again losing to Yorkshire whose movement to the shuttle was better than ours.  So, more work to do.

Thanks to all the parents for making the long journey on a bank holiday weekend and well played to the team, Charlotte, Delphie-Beau, Ella, Grace, Venus, Alexander, George, Jack, Jacob, and Krish.

Match report submitted by Tim Ward.

WSBA U14 Rising Stars - additional reporting - Saturday 29th April 2017  posted 01 May 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their tremendous help and support during the smooth running of our tournament.   

Ranbir and Ujin who helped on the desk and Lesley for managing the courts and fronting the desk.  So many helped where they could: Ali Franks, John and Alison Morris, Sak on umpiring and Gavin with the medal ceremony. 

It was a great team and fantastic spirit that made the day very enjoyable. 

Finally, thanks to Paul Harper for his help prior to the tournament and on the day where he was always available for advice and jumped in to help when needed.

Many Thanks Jay Arya.

Photo featured boys doubles medallists.