Club juniors go from strength to strength

Club Launch: Members of Darley Dale Badminton Club, with special guest Donna Kellogg, launch the first official night of their new club at Arc Leisure Matlock.
Club Launch: Members of Darley Dale Badminton Club, with special guest Donna Kellogg, launch the first official night of their new club at Arc Leisure Matlock.
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THe official launch of Darley Dale Badminton Club’s flourishing new junior section has taken place, attended by Derbyshire’s badminton-playing Olympian Donna Kellogg.

The club is long established but has been running trial junior sessions at Matlock Leisure ARC in recent weeks, which have proved to be a roaring success.

These sessions will continue to run through termtime on Tuesday evenings for 10-17 year olds.

Thanks for the Sport Action Grant from Derbyshire County Council of £750 we have been able to promote the new sessions and are intending to lay on some extra subsidised coaching sessions in April and May in the run-up to the Olympics. We will also be starting a badminton ladder for juniors to promote competitive play in the local area.

The junior coaching sessions started in January with a few kids and have grown in popularity ever since, now attracting over 20 players with four courts full to bursting.

In fact, the response has been so good that the club will be holding additional coaching sessions after Easter with the provisional dates of April 22 and 29, and May 20 and 27, all from 1pm at the Arc. For more details go to www.darleydalebc.org.uk

Club chairman Richard Brooks has been delighted with the way things have been panning out for the junior section. He said: “We have nearly 40 seniors at the club and we play in the Chesterfield League, so that side of it is going well.

“But we decided to start a junior section because, in the past, some youngsters have drifted in and then drifted out again, and we wanted to keep hold of them and get them involved in theh structure of club.

“It’s been going really well. They love to run about and play and they get so much fun from it. They keep coming back for more with a smile on their face. The parents appreciate it and it’s been successful so far. There are lots of keen juniors out there and we want to make it into a competitive scene.

For more on the club’s plan for competitive badminton for local juniors, go to their website.