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Heaton Manor School Win National Junior Badminton League!

Heaton Manor School’s Under 14 and Under 16 mixed teams won the National Junior Badminton League as part of their introduction to the sport through Premier League 4 Sport.

Three central league fixtures took place at John Spence CHS, Heaton Manor and Burnside Business & Enterprise School with teams from Heaton Manor, Kings Meadow, Churchill Community College, John Spence Community High School, St Thomas More Academy and Marden High School competing.

Each of the schools played each other once in their respective age groups with matches consisting of girls and boys singles, level doubles and mixed doubles

All schools who took part in the league are part of the PL4S programme and all recieve coaching on a weekly basis in their individual satelittle clubs which are delivered by coaches Steve Sharp and Martin Fagan.

The aim of the league was to give particpants the chance to take part in competitive badminton against schools they may not have competed against in the past.

Melvin Cherian, Christian Sharp, Will Wigham (St Thomas More Academy) Libby Hall and Jasmine Haciogiu (Marden High School) who all represented their schools in the Junior Badminton League have been selected to represent Newcastle United Foundation in a National Badminton event which takes place in Milton Keynes on 21st May.

Sue White, PE Teacher at Heaton Manor, said “Playing in the junior badminton league has given the players a great opportunity to put their skills to the test and compete against schools from different areas. There have been some  great matches, all played with great sportsmanship. All players have been a credit to their schools. Thank you to all the staff that have been involved in organising and hosting the tournaments”.

Fiona Howard, a member of Heaton Manor’s under 16’s winning team added: “I have really enjoyed taking part in this league and experience playing against other schools. Some of our games were very close and the competition tense! It was also good to see a sports hall full of players enjoying the game. Thank you to Lisa and everyone involved in organising the tournaments.”

Norma Waterfield, Secretary of Northumberland Badminton Association commented “The National Junior League has provided participating PL4S schools with an excellent inter-school competition.  It has been really encouraging to see how much the children involved have enjoyed their matches, which have been played in an excellent spirit.  I would love to see this competition replicated across the County.

“Many thanks to Newcastle United Foundation and especially to Lisa Bell for providing schools with this super competitive opportunity.  The support for Badminton from the Foundation has been fantastic over the last few years, and I certainly hope this will continue.  It is very much appreciated, and it has given a huge number of children the chance to play badminton”

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