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Newcastle United Foundation Smash it in Milton Keynes

Newcastle United Foundation made the long journey South to take part in the final of the National Junior Badminton League at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

The Foundation was represented at the event by Christian Sharp, Will Wigham, Melvin Cherian (St Thomas More Academy) Libby Hall and Jasmine Hacioglu (Marden High School). All players had taken part in Premier League 4 Sport badminton sessions that have been delivered by the Foundation in schools across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Gateshead.

In the build up to the event the squad of five had been getting extra training off Badminton Coach Steve Sharp to prepare them for the event.

In the group stages the Foundation won two of their three group games with wins against Chalfont Eagles and Sunderland Foundation.  They were narrowly beaten by Swifts JBC 3-2 in an exciting game of badminton that went right down to the final game of mixed doubles.

Their next game was against Tottenham Hotspur FC with Newcastle running out 4-1 winners which meant a playoff game against Durham School to decide who finished fourth and fifth in the overall competition.

As against the swifts the Foundation narrowly missed out getting beat 3-2, resulting in a fifth place finish which saw them the highest ranked football team in the under 16 age group.

Melvin Cherian who was ranked as our number one singles player went through the whole event unbeaten as did Melvin and Christian in the boy’s doubles.

All players who represented the Foundation were a credit to themselves and their schools. Their behaviour both on and off the court was fantastic.

Alison Sharp, parent of Christian, said “It was a truly wonderful experience for both the players and spectators. The whole trip was so well organised from start to finish. A big thank you to everyone at Newcastle United Foundation.”

Libby Hall, who represented the Foundation in the event, added “It was fantastic to play badminton at such a great venue.  I loved everything about the weekend, especially getting the opportunity to play against other football and badminton clubs”


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