2015 Sainsburys Cornwall School Games a Big Hit at the Centre Parcs National School Badminton Championships!
Friday 13th February saw the Centre Parcs National School Badminton Championships take place at the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro School.
The Championships saw 16 teams, from 12 different schools competing across the two age groups which ran as part of the 2015 Sainsbury's Cornwall School Games. The event was organised by Cornwall Badminton Association in collaboration with Cornwall Sports Partnership with young officials from Saltash.net Community School keeping score of all the matches. Without the support of volunteers and young leaders, the competition would not be able to go ahead.
The four winning teams will progress to the Regional Competition which is being held at Exeter University in March 2015 with the aim to qualify for the National Final.
The Key Stage 3 girls saw Truro School overcome a very strong Liskeard School 3-2 with each contest battled all the way to the wire. The boy's finalists fought an equally tough competition with Truro School eventually overcoming Launceston College 3-2.
The Key Stage 4 girls saw a very strong Camborne Science and International Academy take the win, a team that has qualified and competed in the National Final in previous years. The Boys finalists were Richard Lander School with Mounts Bay Academy coming runners up.
Jon Wotten, Cornwall Badminton Network said: "Well done and good luck to KS3 Girls Truro School, KS3 Boys Truro School, KS4 Girls Camborne Science and International Academy and KS4 Boys Richard Lander School who have qualified for the Regional Final with the aim of winning and progressing to the National Final! It really is an exciting time to be a part of Badminton in Cornwall!"
Rachel Knott, Children, Young People & Education Lead from Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "The standard of the competition was very impressive and really demonstrated the number of talented young players we have within the county. This year, the number of different schools that qualified increased from 9 to 12 so it was no wonder the competition was tough!"
On June 26th, primary schools across Cornwall will get their turn to compete in Badminton as part of the Cornwall School Games Summer Festival event held this year in the St Austell Area. They have been working hard throughout the school year to qualify for the prestigous event.
Thanks to the following who made this event possible: Cornwall Badminton Network volunteers for running the day; Cornwall Sport Partnership; Truro School for the venue and equipment; Saltash.net Community School for their outstanding young leaders; and Sainsbury's Truro for donating lunches for the volunteers.
Pictures from the day can be found on our Facebook Page.