Top badminton stars at Parks

THIS weekend the Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields will once again welcome a number of the top junior badminton playersfrom the United Kingdom and Sweden for a major competition.

The first event on Friday is the Northumberland Badminton Association international team event.

It will see England, Scotland, Sweden and Ulster competing against each other.

Last year’s winners Scotland will have a tough fight to retain their title.

Play starts at 10am and is on until noon, then after a lunch break it will resume from 1pm until around 4pm.

Spectators are welcome, including school groups.

On Saturday morning, starting at 9am, players from the four countries, together with some from Wales, will compete for the five individual titles in the tournament.

This will be part of a European points circuit.

More than 80 players have entered including some from Northumberland.

Play will continue all day Saturday until around 9.30pm.

The semi-finals will be played on Sunday morning starting at 9am followed by the finals around noon.

The chairman of North Tyneside Council, Coun John Stirling, together with Coun Glynis Barrie, will present the trophies and prizes.

Again, spectators are welcome at the tournament where there is the promise of some excellent play.

The tournament, which has been supported by North Tyneside Council for a number of years, has several well known international players as its past winners.

More information about the weekend’s events and about badminton throughout Northumberland can be found on Northumberland Badminton Association’s website at www.northumberland