Colne start to see fruits of their work

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COLNE Badminton Club are celebrating after receiving the most prestigious award of Community Club of the Year at this year’s Pendle Sports Awards.

And now they will represent Pendle at the Lancashire Sports Awards in Blackpool this month.

After months of hard work the club are now seeing the fruits of their labour.

Committee member Sharon Demaine said “I’m extremely proud of our club, we have worked hard and we are so happy to have received this award.”

The club have gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months through forming strong partnership links with local schools and community groups.

And, along with assistance from Pendle Leisure Trust and with the backing of the Community Trust’s Premier League 4 Sport project, the club’s sights are set high and membership is booming both at senior and junior level.

As the club are flying high it has been essential for them to start an additional junior club on Friday evenings at Park High School, and already the club are steaming ahead having won their first match 6-0 against Blackburn.

As a boost for the primary schools in Pendle, funding has been secured from Sport England’s small grants programme.

The money will pay for after school coaching, badminton equipment and courses in 20 of Pendle’s primary schools, plus the creation of a new family based badminton activity for the local community at Pendle Vale College.

This funding was secured by Demaine, Andy Tatam and Neil Stewart.

This funding will help with ground roots badminton as the children will have a strong base to develop their skills and ability.

And for those who want to get back into badminton, sessions are being held at Pendle Vale College on Saturday mornings.

Pendle Leisure Trust are also getting involved by introducing new and exciting playing opportunities in the form of No Strings, BADMINTON England’s national programme, to offer sustainable pay and play opportunities for the casual or recreational badminton player.

Sessions are taking place at Pendle Leisure Centre and West Craven Sports Centre.