Pupils make a racquet

By on 04/02/2010 in News

Schoolchildren from across the city will be competing in the annual Birmingham City Badminton Championships today, Thursday, February 4th.

More than 300 pupils aged between 11 and 14 from 40 schools have fought it out over the last three months for a place in the city final at Nechells Leisure Centre on Rupert Street.

Winning teams in one of four categories will go forward to the regional final in March which will be followed by the National Inter Schools Tournament final in April.

The event, which has gone from strength to strength since it was launched two years ago, aims to cater for the increasing popularity of badminton among young people in the city.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, said: “It is great to see so many Birmingham schools taking part in this event and hopefully through inter school tournaments like this we will be able to improve the standard of sport in our schools.

“I would like to wish the four schools representing Birmingham in the regional championships the best of luck and I hope the city will be represented at the National Inter Schools Tournament.”

Cllr Les Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Badminton is a fantastic, fast-paced and vigorous sport that many young people in our city excel in.

“It is always good to see pupils engaged in sports like this and I wish those competing the very best of luck. Hopefully we will see a team go all the way to the final!”

The four categories which teams will compete in are Key Stage Three Boys, Key Stage Three Girls, Key Stage Four Boys and Key Stage Four Girls. The tournament starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm.

For more information www.badmintonengland.co.uk or contact Phil Homer, competition manager on 07500 809366.

ENDS
Further information from Shahid Naqvi 0121 303 3635.

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