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FastStep’s U14 and U18 teams both finished runners up in the Surrey Plus junior badminton league final day in Epsom today.
The U14s started the day in joint first place out of 8 teams after the first event in January, but with the harder side of the draw to play.
They played brilliantly to beat Horsell A and Swifts B, then the crunch match versus Swifts A was always going to be close. We won the mixed and girls doubles and young Charlie Handel (2 years young) came within a point of winning the boys singles. The 3-2 defeat left FastStep runners up.
There was a similar story for the U18s, with 5-0 wins against all teams until the final crunch match against Swifts A. Amy Radford and Casey Coats managed a win in the girls doubles, but the other games were just too tough. The 4-1 defeat confirmed FastStep’s position as runners up.
FastStep Badminton Academy has been shortlisted for Club of the Year in the National Badminton Awards 2017.
Badminton England will announce the winner from the 3 finalists at a ceremony during the All England championships in Birmingham on 10th March.
We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for this prestigious award and will let you know the result once it’s announced!
FastStep Badminton Academy enjoyed a successful day at the first round of the Surrey Plus Junior Badminton League.
The U14 team were undefeated on the day, dropping only 2 rubbers across their 4 matches against other clubs from Surrey and Middlesex and ending the day joint top of the table.
Later in the day the U18 team played brilliantly to win their first 4 matches before meeting tournament favourites Swifts A. Amy Radford clinched the girls singles in 3, then Will Pieckielon took the boys singles to 3 and despite having a match point was narrowly defeated. Casey Coats and Elliott Lucas got off to a strong start in the mixed, but lost out in the third game.
Our U18 boys couldn’t match the strong Swifts pair in the doubles, but our girls fought brilliantly to a nail biting finish and secured the game, leaving FastStep defeated 3-2, but with the contest still wide open for the next round in April.
Congratulations to all players who played at the FastStep Junior Badminton Tournament 2016 for making it such a successful day.
Thanks to Yonex and The Sports Shop, Tunbridge Wells for sponsorship of the event and to Central Sussex College for hosting.
Please see the FastStep Junior Badminton Tournament 2016 results and we hope to do it all again next year.
A special mention to our FastStep players, some of whom were playing their first ever tournament. There were runner-up trophies for Abigail Hunter (Year 7 girls doubles and singles), Isabelle Webb (Year 7 girls doubles), Amshika Kusan (Year 8&9 girls doubles). Plus a well earned semi-final spot for Thomas Broom in the year 7 boys singles.
Don’t forget to vote for us as Club of the Year in the Sussex Sports Awards, every vote counts. Visit http://faststepbadminton.co.uk/vote
We’re so pleased to have been shortlisted for Club of the Year in the Sussex Sports Awards 2016. It’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted, but now we need your vote to help win the final.
Please go to this voting page, select FastStep Badminton Academy near the bottom of the page, enter your email address and submit your vote – it’s easy and takes seconds.
We’re up against two football clubs so we need as many votes as possible, so please ask other people in your household, your club, your work, in fact everyone you know!
You’ve got until Friday 25th November to vote. Thank you!
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Starting next week, there’s a new day in the week for junior badminton in Sussex. It’s all about Tuesdays!
We’re doing two exciting things:
- We’re moving our Friday 6-8pm Stars group to Tuesday 6-8pm. Yes parents, you get Friday night back!
- We’re starting a new match-based session also on a Tuesday 6-8pm. Finally there’s badminton for all junior players on a Tuesday in Sussex!
Both sessions are in Haywards Heath with a qualified coach. If you’re interested in our coached Stars session, or our match-based session please get in touch or call Andrew on 07590080998. Yey for Tuesdays!
FastStep Badminton Academy’s Stars group in Haywards Heath was pleased to host a friendly match with Forest Badminton Club from Horsham on Friday night.
With 23 players it was a game-packed evening and despite Forest edging the majority of the games, there were some great contests and brilliant rallies.
Well played everyone and we hope you enjoyed the evening.
Do get in touch if your club would be interested in a friendly fixture.
We’re excited to announce that we’re launching a new junior badminton club night in Haywards Heath this spring.
FastStep junior badminton club night is for players aged 12-18 who want to play games in a fun, relaxed environment.
Club night isn’t for total beginners (see our Smashers group for this level), but as long as you can play a decent rally of shots, you’re welcome!
Club nights are on Fridays 7-8pm at Central Sussex College, Harlands Rd, Haywards Heath and the cost is just £30 for the rest of the school year.
Come and try out our new junior badminton club night – let us know you’re coming and your first session will be free!
FastStep will continue to offer coaching groups throughout the week (FastStep Badminton Academy) and players from the Academy will be encouraged to attend club night.