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Medway school children treated to a morning of badminton

Date: 17/01/2008           Category: Leisure

Nearly 100 children from across Medway swapped their pens for shuttlecocks yesterday (Wednesday, 16 January) and took part in a sports festival to encourage more young people to play badminton. Medway Council’s Sports Development team invited 16 primary schools from the area to take part in the Badminton Into Schools Initiative (BISI). The year three and four pupils spent the morning playing a range of activities and competitions at the Castlemaine Hall in Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham, from 9am to 12.30pm. The children played in the four-court hall and played on eight different activity stations to practice their serve and hitting technique. Points were collected throughout the day and Fairview Community Primary School in Drewery Drive, Rainham were crowned the winners by scoring the most points. The volunteer helpers also voted for the best girl and best boy of the tournament. Natasha Munday from Wainscott Primary School and joint boy winners Sonny Lowe from Elaine Primary School and Robert Horgan of Featherby Primary School each received a new badminton racket as a prize. Pupils who took part in the event were also presented with a certificate and a gift bag. Kent player Peter Stock also treated the children to a demonstration game at the end of the event. Peter started to play badminton when he was four and is currently vice captain for the Kent second team and reserve for the county first team. “It was great for the children to hear how Pete, a local man started to play badminton and then to see how the sport is played at county level” said Sarah Risby, Sports Development Officer. Medway Council’s Sports Development Officer Sarah Risby said: “This is a great way for children to have a go at this exciting sport. “It was lovely for the children to hear how Pete started to play badminton and then see how the sport is played at county level. We hope some of the children who took part in the session will continue to play the sport.” Medway Badminton Association, who run the Castlemaine Hall, and Badminton England are also supporting the event. If you enjoy badminton and would like to play for a club then contact Medway Badminton Association on 01634 572187 to find out more or Medway Council’s Sports Development Officer Sarah Risby on 01634 338766