Colne Badminton club’s future secure

Pictured are coach Ryan Collins (second right) with club members Kyle Furlong, Ben Anson and Brad Savage

Pictured are coach Ryan Collins (second right) with club members Kyle Furlong, Ben Anson and Brad Savage

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COLNE Junior Badminton Club has a secure future thanks to Comic Relief.

The junior section of the club, who play on Friday evenings at 6 p.m. at Pendle Vale Community College, has been awarded a grant of £9,000 to pay for badminton coaching for players under 16.

The funds will pay for coaching for all young people wanting to learn and play badminton.

The club has two BADMINTON England level 2 coaches, Andy Tatam and Ryan Collins, as well as assistant coaches, one of whom is a county player.

Since the junior club started in September last year, five young players have started training with county coaches at the Badminton Performance Centre.

In April, 15 players entered the first round of BADMINTON England’s East Lancshire Junior League, and the club’s first team came home outright winners.

Young players whose skills have developed sufficiently have moved up to play in the senior section of the club, and are playing competitively in the local league.

Club secretary Sharon de Maine said: “This is fantastic news.

“We can now look forward to even greater success, and the opportunity to give expert help to anyone wishing to play badminton.”

The junior club is open to anyone 16 years and under on September 1st, and plays every Friday including school holidays.

The club has Club Mark accreditation at Premier level and is affiliated to BADMINTON England.

For more details, contact Sharon (01282 860514) or e-mail colnebc@gmail.com