4 Nations ParaBadminton Series
English Leg – Stoke Mandeville
May 13-15th. 2011
I hope that everyone is enjoying the English leg of the 4 Nations series here in Stoke Mandeville. This season has had its ups and downs with regard to numbers; much I am sure is connected to the various financial constraints that everyone is facing. However, some notable first have been achieved this season. We have had the biggest PD entry here in England and in Ireland there was the first ever all-amputee doubles match. On average numbers are still good, and even more pleasing is the number of new faces we have seen this season. Hopefully this will continue as the NGB’s get there disability programmes in shape.
For all the categories, except the wheelchair, this will be the last ranking event of the year. The latest rankings will be published on the various websites in the next couple of weeks. This is the first year of the rankings and we will review how things have gone before deciding whether to maintain and develop them further. Your views are always welcome.
Devon Wheelchair Event
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2011
Broadclyst Sports Centre, Exeter, EX5 3AL
This is the last event of the season, specifically for the wheelchair category. This event caries rankings that will complete the wheelchair list for the year. This is a great event in a great part of the country, so why not make a weekend of it and get down to Devon. Entry forms are available today.
More Coaches Required
The 4 Nations governing bodies are now delivering the Coaching Disability workshop. If any coaches are interested in getting more involved in disability please let your 4 Nations rep know. We would like to continue to increase the base of coaches working in the disability field.
How far are we from staging our first disability international match? Well, not far is the answer. We are sure that in a couple of the categories we can deliver a competitive international fixture. The target is for the 2012/13 season and between now and then we shall even more players to select from.
The English Badminton Association for the Disabled has made great progress since its inception last season. Well done to everyone involved and I would urge any English players to get on board and start supporting the venture. EBAD has newsletter at this event, so please have a read.
Classification – Players and Classifiers
We need some classifiers!!!
Up to today we have been surviving on 1 classifier. This is unacceptable; however
the task of finding and training up new classifiers for the Physical
Disabilities has been a tricky one. There is a possibility that we will deliver
a course at the Welsh leg in September, possibly taken by the Sylvia Albrecht
Dates for Next Year’s 4 Nations ParaBadminton Series
ParaBadminton World Federation
On Friday June 3rd.
Norman Greenhouse (
The 4 Nations ParaBadminton Working Group
Chair Lyndon Williams
The 4 Nations ParaBadminton Working group exists as a think tank for the development of the series and on a wider scale the development of Disability Badminton across the 4 Nations. The group can change is size and membership depending on the governing bodies wishes. Should anyone have any views, comments or suggestions on anything relating to Disability Badminton, this should be directed at your respective governing body. If required they can bring it to the 4 Nations group, however I must stress that the development of the sport is the responsibility of each of the 4 nations and they have their own individual development plans and programmes.
We are all looking to develop the sport in anyway we can, so please help us do this by sharing your views.
Finally, on behalf of the 4 Nations ParaBadminton Working Group I would like to say a special thank you to ALL the players. The level of competitiveness and sportsmanship has been truly outstanding throughout the series. This weekend has been yet another shining example of sportsmanship of the highest level. We are all extremely proud of each and every one of you for promoting badminton in the best possible way.
4 Nations ParaBadminton Working Group