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Badminton players serve up treat

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 February 2015

Bancroft's boys have qualified for the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

Bancroft's boys have qualified for the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

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Youngsters secure London Youth Games finals spots

Bancroft's girls have qualified for the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)Bancroft's girls have qualified for the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

Young badminton players from Redbridge, Havering and Tower Hamlets will have the opportunity to represent their borough at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games after qualifying rounds this month.

The players, aged from year seven to year 11, will now compete at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Tuesday March 24.

Four qualifiers were held over two weeks at Westcroft, Harrow Leisure Centre, the Copper Box Arena and Sobell Leisure Centre and saw schools from all across London battling it out.

Redbridge’s Bancrofts qualified in both the KS4 male and KS3 female competitions at the Copper Box Arena and John Raw, manager of the girls squad, was delighted.

Coopers Coborn's boys will represent Havering at the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)Coopers Coborn's boys will represent Havering at the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

He said: “We managed to get through last year as well so it’s nice to be back there and hopefully have a chance to get through to following round.

“We were relatively confident, we had a similar team to last year, but with one addition, so I was hopeful that we would get through.

“We managed to get a silver medal last year, so I’m hoping that we might go one better this year.”

Havering’s Coopers Coborn qualified in the KS3 male event, while Sacred Heart went through in the KS4 female competition.

Sacred Heart will represent Havering at the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)Sacred Heart will represent Havering at the London Youth Games badminton finals (pic: Ying Pan Wu/LYG)

Helen Knowles, team manager for Sacred Heart, was happy with her team’s efforts especially with exams and coursework responsibilities.

She said: “We’re thrilled, they’ve done very well and we’re really pleased for them.

“We’ve prepared quite a bit, a couple of them play outside of school at a club anyway, but obviously they’re year 11 so trying to fit that around their GCSEs has been a bit of a struggle.

“But we’ve been alright, we’ve got a local league as well, so they’ve been practising by playing in those matches.”

Stepney Green will represent Tower Hamlets in the KS4 male finals after qualifying at the Sobell Leisure Centre.

They will be joined by borough rivals Sir John Cass, who went through in the KS3 female event, and their head of PE Ducan Rayney was full of praise for the team, saying: “I think the girls were amazing, they really fought all the way against some very good schools, they did really well.

“Crystal Palace is a massive goal for them. I think it’s going to be the next level up and really push them further into their training.”


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