Worksop Falcons Junior Badminton Club are now in their 23rd year since forming in 1995. They are a club run by a small committee and supported well by dedicated volunteers and parents from Worksop and the surrounding areas. Since they formed they have enjoyed much success with countless juniors bringing home trophies at local, regional and national level, representing their county many times and some also going onto England level. The club have also always been successful in the Notts Junior Badminton League (NJBL), winning leagues at all age groups and formats.
The 2016/17 season showed no sign of slowing down, with the club going from strength to strength once again, both at team and individual level.
In the NGBL they brought home four league winner trophies, Year 9/10 Mixed, Year 9/10 Girls, Year 11/12 Boys and Year 11/12 Girls, and finished runner-up in the Year 9/10 Boys and Year 11/12 Mixed. This was six trophies in total – all outstanding results, especially considering they only entered seven leagues overall and were up against opposition from Mansfield and Nottingham where they have significantly bigger catchment areas and larger resources. Worksop Falcons were also represented in the National School Championships, all four members of the Outwood Academy Valley girls team that won the local, county and regional rounds and placed sixth of 1,610 school teams that entered; culminating with a tournament at the home of Badminton England in Milton Keynes. Well done Ellie Hamilton, Louise and Rebecca Edmondson and Aaliyah Wheat.
At an individual level they have had Ellie and her brother James represent county at their respective age groups, with James also winning countless Badminton England tournament trophies across all formats at under 12, under 13 and under 14. Louise and Rebecca have both also represented county this season at under 15 with Louise also bringing home the girls singles title at the Badminton England tournament in Leicester.
The season always closes for the club with the Attewell tournament in Nottingham and the success continued; with Rebecca and Aaliyah bringing home further trophies at under 15 alongside Rahul Singh and Robin Scobbie who cleaned up at under 15 and under 17 respectively, and Olivia Duffy and Holly Stubbs who took winner and runner up in the under 17 singles. A great end to yet another very strong season!
The club are always on the lookout for new talent so if you have a son or daughter aged eight to 16 who may be interested, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with club chairman Terry Gilham on 01909 474350 or find the club online at www.facebook.com/worksopfalcons.
On 9th September of this year the club are also organising a sponsored marathon tournament for all juniors to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (the MND Association) after the daughter of former chairman Nigel Middleton, Gemma, was diagnosed with the condition last year; if anyone is able to provide support, a donation or a raffle prize then please get in touch.