Gold for Elliott in Mid Sussex

Well done Elliott Lucas who together with partner David Jolliffe won the U16 boys doubles at the Mid Sussex Junior Badminton tournament in Haywards Heath today.

The boys crushed their opponents 21-7 in the final to claim the winners trophy.

Meanwhile Will Pieckielon reached the semis of the boys singles and Elliott the quarters.

Medals at Wycombe U19 Bronze

FastStep Elite player Jake Davidson fought off the top seeds to reach the final of the Wycombe U19 Bronze on Saturday.

Jake and partner Peter Beech were defeated in the final but picked up a well earned silver medal.

In the mixed doubles FastStep’s Monica Carr-Pacquay finished in 3rd place, adding a bronze to her growing medal collection. Well done both.

Team success for FastStep in Surrey

FastStep U14 team
FastStep U18 team

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.

Tournament trophy for Thomas

Well done to FastStep Smashers player Thomas Broom for winning a trophy at the Mid Sussex Junior Badminton Tournament at the weekend.

Thomas played really well to claim runner up spot in the U10 boys doubles plate event.

Successful weekend for FastStep players

There were several reasons to cheer on FastStep players this weekend as the 2017 badminton calendar got underway.

In Gillingham on Saturday, Amy Radford and Casey Coats picked up a bronze medal at the Kent U18 Silver.

On Sunday two of our players made their season debuts for Sussex county team. Luke Peel played for the U14s against Herts and Monica Carr-Pacquay played for the U18s vs Berks. And both Sussex teams won! Well done guys.

Success for Monica and Amy

Congratulations to FastStep Elite players Monica Carr-Pacquay and Amy Radford for winning a silver medal in the girls doubles at the Herts U18 Bronze in December.

Amy also picked up bronze in the mixed doubles and Luke Davies reached the semis of the boys doubles to earn a bronze too.

Mid Sussex Junior Badminton Tournament 2017

You can now enter the 2017 Mid Sussex Junior Badminton Tournament, to be held in Haywards Heath in the new year.

In its 19th year, it’s a great local tournament for young players who aren’t in a county squad or playing the Badminton England circuit.

Please check the age groups carefully as they are different to the current Badminton England age groups.

Download entry form

FastStep Junior Badminton Tournament 2016 Results

faststep_tournament2016Congratulations 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

Vote for FastStep – Club of the Year 2016

club-of-the-year-voting-button-500pxWe’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!

FastStep players shine at Sussex U16/U18

ben-issy-sussexchamps2016A long day at the University of Brighton saw strong performances from all our FastStep players in the U16 and U18 Sussex Junior Badminton Championships 2016.

Ben Smith took gold in the U16 boys doubles with partner Adam Davies, beating the top seeds in straight games in the final.

Ben also teamed up with FastStep’s Isabelle Craig in the U16 mixed doubles where the pair were worthy runners up.

Eva Craig was runner up in the U18 girls doubles with partner Molly Thomson, losing a close 3-set final to the top seeds.

There were strong performances also from other FastStep players: William Pieckielon, David Jolliffe, Elliot Lucas, Amy Radford, Casey Coats, Amy Fines, Monica Carr-Pacquay and Luke Davies. Well done all of you!

See the full results