Badminton course a hit with teenagers

TEENAGERS in North Tyneside have taken part in a six-week badminton course as part of a scheme with Newcastle United Foundation and Premier League 4 Sport.

The course was aimed at 16 children with ages ranging from 13 to 16 and who had all previously attended registered satellite clubs held at Marden Bridge Middle School or Churchill Community College.

Former national squad coach Pete Higman ran the course with the help of local coach Steve Sharp.

He said: “Considering the course ran on a Saturday the attendance was fantastic.

“Although there was a wide range of abilities the application, persistence and work ethic of the group over the six weeks was pleasing.

“My previous experience over the years of free funded sessions was high levels of interest whilst the courses run but when they end so does the momentum and interest, however, thanks to the coaches in the Newcastle and North Tyneside, Newcastle United Foundation and the funding from the Premier League 4 Sport, channels have already been created to maintain momentum and ensure the continued development of players attending giving them their chance of realising their full potential.”

Lisa Bell, Premier League 4 Sport co-ordinator, added: “It was great to have such a top coach involved with our programme, it gave the children a chance to learn from someone who has coached at the top level and knows what it takes to be a top player.

“Everyone who attended gave 100 per cent at every session and hopefully learnt a lot from the six weeks.”