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Balcarras, Katharine Lady Berkeley's and Sir Thomas Rich's win at Center Parcs badminton contest

By Sportsnews  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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Balcarras School was the dominating force in this year's Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Competition.

It was victorious in the Boys Year 7/8/9, Boys Year 10/11 and Girls Year 10/11 events.

The Cheltenham school was closely followed by Katherine Lady Berkeley's and Sir Thomas Rich's Schools in the boys events.

The High School for Girls triumphed in the Girls Year 7/8/9 event by beating the team from Cheltenham Ladies College into the runners up position and retaining their title.

A picture gallery from the finals can be found here.

The winning schools in each event will now go on to represent Gloucestershire in the South West Regional Finals on Thursday, March 14 at the Exeter University Sports Park.

The Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Competition organised by Badminton England is the largest schools badminton competition in the whole of Europe with over 30,000 players aged 16 under taking part.

The competition has now been running for 8 years. it also fits in with the Gloucestershire School Games 2013 organised by Active Gloucestershire.

This event allows all school players across the country the opportunity to pick up a racket and compete with their peers on a local, county, regional and national level.

The finals were hosted at Cheltenham Ladies College within the six court sports hall.

Boys and girls teams, each of up to five players, within the Year 7/8/9 and Year 10/11 events qualified for the county final by winning their earlier district rounds.

A round robin format was followed with teams playing matches against all of the other teams in their event to decide the final positions. Each match consisted of 2 singles games and 3 doubles games.

Each event was hotly contended, including current title holders Katherine Lady Berkeley's School Boys Year 7/8/9 team and the High School for Girls Gloucester Y7/8/9 team both trying to retain their titles. There was some fantastic play from both the boys and the girls that demonstrated some remarkably high standards with some matches going right down to the wire.

Emma Austin, Badminton England Regional Office said "It is brilliant to see so many young people enjoying competing in this great event.

Badminton is the most popular racket sport in England.

The Center Parcs Competition provides an opportunity for young players to compete on a local level and then to progress further. We hope that more schools will be inspired to take part in next year's competition and to provide more badminton playing opportunities for their students throughout the whole year.

I would like to thank the Cheltenham Ladies College for allowing us use of their great facility and to the staff for all of their help on the day.

Also, special thanks must go to the five fantastic Leaders from Balcarras School who ensured that the event ran as smoothly as possible, and to Kirsty Dunleavy, Children and Young People Manager for Active Gloucestershire ".

RESULTS BOYS Year 7/8/9 Event 1st – Balcarras School 2nd – Katherine Lady Berkeley's School 3rd – Sir Thomas Rich's School 4th – Newent School

GIRLS Year 7/8/9 Event 1st – High School for Girls Gloucester 2nd – Cheltenham Ladies College 3rd – Stroud High School 4th – Wyedean School

BOYS Year 10/11 Event 1st – Balcarras School 2nd – Thomas Rich's School 3rd – Katherine Lady Berkeley's School 4th – Wyedean School

GIRLS Year 10/11 Event 1st – Balcarras School 2nd – Girl High School Gloucester 3rd – Stroud High School 4th – Wyedean

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