Borders badminton bounces back

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Borders badminton is fighting back after losing its place as a target sport with Borders Sport and Leisure Trust.

Successful grant applications totalling £2,400 from all four sports councils, a new website, a level one leaders’ course and a Borders Badminton Academy, which saw 16 young players take part, have all taken place in a busy summer.

Lynn Young of the Borders Badminton Group said: “Funding has always been an issue for the Borders as they try to keep the costs down for the young players in particular, but with no more special dispensation from the Scottish Borders Council or BSLT regarding facility costs, they have had to find their own way forward.

“So we were delighted when Lauderdale, Tweeddale, Roxburgh and Berwickshire sports councils all came to rescue.

“This money has enabled us to manage and run our own Badminton Academy this year at Earlston High School under the tuition of BadmintonScotland coach John Shearer.

“We were also fortunate enough to have visits from two of our Scottish squad players – Annabel Young of West Linton and Eyemouth’s Robbie Patterson – which added the role model element to the week.”

Winners of the awards for outstanding work over the three days were Iona Fox of Peebles and Craig Younger of Kelso.

While five parents and players sit their practical coaching test later this month, more coaches are still needed, particularly in the western side of the Borders.

Anyone interested should contact Lynn Young (email: yfit40@aol.com).

And thanks to Hawick’s Harry Turnbull, the new website – www.borders-badminton-group.co.uk – has has been created to keep players, coaches and parents up to date.