• LUCY & JOSH RETAIN GOLD TITLE

    The annual Northumberland Championships, part of the Badminton England Senior Gold Circuit, saw some 80 of the best players on the circuit congregate at the Tyneside Badminton Centre, with 41 entries in the Open Singles the most for some time. The strong Open Singles field featured 8 ‘A’ graded players, 4 of the top 20 in England and two former winners in Dinuka Karunaratne (2022) and Jamie Pearcey (2023).  The highlight for the locals was the mixed doubles where Northumberland&
  • More medals for Will

    Parabadminton star Will Smith, who recently won medals competing in Europe, picked up more medals at the recent UK National Parabadminton Championships. He took the Men’s Doubles title for the third time, and also was runner-up in both the Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles. Well done Will!!! 
  • National U17 Success for Lucy

    Congratulations to Northumberland’s Lucy Dodd who today became U17 mixed doubles national champion with Dan Kemp from Cumbria.Lucy was also runner up in the girls doubles with Grace Sachdeva from Yorkshire only losing out 21-19 in the third set.Dan was also boys doubles champion.Well done Lucy.
  • EUROPEAN MEDALS FOR WILL

    Northumberland’s Para badminton star Will Smith, who is a member of St Gabriels BC, recently travelled to Rotterdam, where he took part in the Para European Games, a multi-sport event.  Badminton was one of the featured sports.  Will had a very successful trip, winning a bronze medal in Men’s Singles and a silver medal in Men’s Doubles.Will has won numerous awards, medals and trophies both in the UK and abroad since his teenage years, and he carried the Olympic Torch
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  • TWO TITLES FOR JESSICA

    The first North Tyneside Social Badminton tournament of the season took place recently in the sports hall at John Spence Community High School, North Shields. It attracted 41 players, with ages ranging from 16 up to 79!! The tournament was organised and run by volunteers from Bewicke BC, which plays in the school sports hall on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and volunteer helpers from North Tyneside Badminton Partnership.Jessica Dyson was a well deserved double champion, winning both the Ladies Do
  • BOB PEARSON RETIRES AS NBA PRESIDENT

    After 75 years of involvement in badminton, Bob Pearson has decided the time is right to retire from his post as NBA President. He served for very many years on the NBA Management Committee as well as on Badminton England Committees.  As a gesture of thanks from NBA, Bob and his wife Lily were treated to an afternoon tea at Eshott Hall, which they both thoroughly enjoyed.At the Northumberland Badminton Association AGM on Sunday 17th September, the following message from Bob was read ou
  • Lucy Dodd picked for England U17

    Congratulations to Northumberland’s Lucy Dodd who has been picked as 1 of 5 girls to play for England in the U17 European Championships in Lithuania this summer. The Championships are running from 4 – 12 August with a team competition followed by individual events. Good Luck Lucy.
  • Northumberland Badminton presentation evening

    At this years Northumberland Badminton presentation evening as well as trophies being presented to all the league team winners 3 very worthy winners of the volunteer awards were announced.Thankyou to Ian Little and Yehlex for their sponsorship once again of these awards.Winners were. Mike Waterfield for over 36 years service to Northumberland Badminton Association and work in North Tyneside.
    Lesley Gordon for 40+ years service as Treasurer for Elmfieldand Dennis Gray, chairman of the Associ
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  • ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL NORTH TYNESIDE SOCIAL BADMINTON TOURNAMENT

    TWO TITLES FOR MONIKA AND MARKThe latest North Tyneside Social Badminton tournament, the second since the Pandemic, which took place recently in the sports hall at John Spence Community High School, North Shields, attracted 50 players, with ages ranging from 14 up to 79!!  It was very pleasing to see a good number of Juniors take part, and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Adam Tang, aged 16, and Matthew Fraser aged 15, won all their group games, then in the semi-final, they onl
  • MORE SUCCESS FOR LUCY

    Northumberland’s Lucy Dodd is having an excellent season.  Not only has she excelled in Junior tournaments, she has also recently had some outstanding results in Senior Gold events.  Lucy and Northumberland’s Josh Young lifted the Mixed Doubles title in the Northumberland Senior Gold tournament in January at the Tyneside Badminton Centre, defeating some notable pairs in the process.  They then went on the reach the final of the Mixed Doubles in the Notts Open Senior Go
  • Junior Shires Matches

    All 3 age groups of our Junior Teams played Shires Matches today.  Our U15 team were at Tyneside BC playing Lancashire, whilst our U17 and U19s teams were at Pontefract playing Yorkshire.Results;U15  Northumberland 1 – Lancashire 19U17 Northumberland 7 – Yorkshire 13U19 Northumberland 11 – Yorkshire (2) 9Huge thank you to parents of all our players for your support to us in fulfilling these fixtures.  Thank you to the Team ManagersU15 – CK Kalluri; U17
  • LUCY A NATIONAL CHAMPION!!

    Lucy Dodd, Northumberland’s top Junior, is having a fantastic 2022 season.  Following on from her recent European titles won in Lithuania and Sweden, and her Sport Newcastle Rising Star Award, Lucy has just become National U17 Mixed Doubles Champion!!!Fighting off illness, Lucy played brilliantly to take the Mixed Doubles title in Milton Keynes with her partner Dan Kemp from Cumbria. In the Final they defeated Hugh Simpson (Yorkshire) and Matilda Franklin (Notts) in a close 3 end matc
  • EUROPEAN SUCCESS FOR RISING STAR LUCY

    Lucy Dodd, Northumberland’s 15 year old top junior, has had a fantastic
    season so far.  Lucy, from Ponteland, is the first player for 15 years from
    Northumberland to be part of the England Pathway. Lucy has just started to
    compete in European Junior Tournaments. 
    In her first event in Lithuania, she won the Mixed Doubles with her Welsh partner. 
    Then last weekend, Lucy competed in Sweden, where she won the Girls Doubles title!! Outstanding achievements! 
    Lucy recei
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN Finals – Historic repeat the feat

    Chae Yu Jung / Seo Seung Jae became the only repeat mixed doubles Aussie champions during its Sydney era. Shi Yu Qi and Ou Xuan Yi / Liu Yu Chen […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SF – Fancy seeing you on Sunday

    Blink or left your seat to buy fast food and it was different outcome than you were initially led to believe in more than half the semifinal matches. By Aaron […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN QF – Finding that little bit extra

    In doubles, at a baseline level the pair needs to be reliable and then have something special on top of that to make it further. By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R16 – What actually happened in the last match of the night?

    Drama mixed with entertainment fueled the marquee singles matches. By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (archives) World #3 vs world #27 The ultra-popular and charismatic 2021 […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 – Wish it were longer

    It was like a final in the first round as Seo Seung Jae and Kang Min Hyuk took on recent Hylo Open winners Lu/Yang in Sydney. By Aaron Wong, Badzine […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 – Combining ‘more is more’ with ‘less is more’

    Pai Yu Po channelled Hong Kong era Zhou Mi’s broad style to dominate Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min. By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (archives) Power-wise Pai […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 – Is it more than curiosity value?

    Mixed doubles unfolded from 4PM on all four courts with one half of both the Tokyo Olympic gold medallists in mixed and men’s doubles emerging into the next round. Story […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2022 R32 – Is it more than curiosity value?

    Mixed doubles unfolded from 4PM on all four courts with one half of both the Tokyo Olympic gold medallists in mixed and men’s doubles emerging into the next round. Story […]
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN PREVIEW – Why attend the Aussie Baddie Open?

    Our preview specialist, Aaron Wong, offers three perspectives on the matter raised in the title question. By Aaron Wong.  Photos: Badmintonphoto Let’s take three perspectives on the matter. Why do […]
  • Upcoming coaching courses

    Foundation Award (Level 1) for Assistant Coaches in Badminton – Tyneside Badminton Centre, NewcastleThe Foundation Award is the starting point for people who would like to get into coaching badminton and become a coaching assistant. This course will teach you to: lead fun games, activities and tournaments, understand the badminton landscape and structure in England, support a Level 2 coach in the delivery of sessions, deliver Badminton England programmes such as: No Strings, SmashUp! &
  • Foundation Award (Level 1) for Assistant Coaches

    Foundation Award (Level 1) for Assistant Coaches in Badminton – Tyneside Badminton Centre, NewcastleThe Foundation Award is the starting point for people who would like to get into coaching badminton and become a coaching assistant. This course will teach you to: lead fun games, activities and tournaments, understand the badminton landscape and structure in England, support a Level 2 coach in the delivery of sessions, deliver Badminton England programmes such as: No Strings & SmashUp!
  • INDONESIA OPEN Final – Back to back titles for Zheng/Huang and Axelsen

    The Chinese mixed doubles pair, Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong and the men’s singles player, Viktor Axelsen managed to repeat the success of the Indonesian Masters titles they won last […]
  • INDONESIA OPEN Final – Dr. Tai the Champion

    Chinese Taipei women’s singles, Tai Tzu Ying managed to get a hat-trick of Indonesia Open titles. Even though the previous week she was still busy with her graduation, she managed […]
  • INDONESIA OPEN SF – Forced to an epic comeback, Tai Tzu Ying progresses to final

    Women’s singles star Tai Tzu Ying admitted that she felt pessimistic when facing China’s Chen Yufei in the Indonesia Open semi-finals on Saturday at Istora Senayan, Jakarta. Story: Naomi Indartiningrum, […]
  • INDONESIA OPEN QF – With a heart-breaking finish, Chia/Soh advance to semi-final

    Drama occurred in the men’s doubles party in the quarter-finals as a fierce match ended in heartbreak for Indonesia’s giant-killers. Story: Naomi Indartiningrum, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta Photos: Yves […]
  • INDONESIA OPEN QF – Thais celebrate first win over World Champs

    The big surprise in the women’s doubles occurred in the match which brought together two-time World Champions Chen Qingchen / Jia Yifan against Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul / Rawinda Prajongjai. Story: […]
  • INDONESIA MASTERS Finals – Glory for Indonesian Men’s Doubles

    The Indonesian men’s doubles team has successfully added one more BWF World Tour title to their collection.  This time, it was Fajar Alfian / Muhammad Rian Ardianto who successfully won […]
  • INDONESIA MASTERS SF – Axelsen & Chou each eye a first Indonesia Masters title

    Viktor Axelsen has once again successfully reached the final round of a BWF World Tour event.  This time, the Tokyo Olympic gold medallist advanced to the final of the Indonesia […]
  • INDONESIA MASTERS QF – Tokyo Gold Medallists out, Seo/Chae advance to semi-final

    The mixed doubles quarter-finals at the 2022 Indonesia Masters ended with unexpected results.  Korea’s Seo Seung Jae / Chae Yu Jung managed to advance to the semi-finals after scoring their […]
  • Championship Here We Come!

    What a weekend for the senior county first team as they made it through the Division 1 Play-Offs placing second behind Kent with two excellent 7-4 wins over Dorset and Lanarkshire.Having been on tenterhooks for a fortnight whilst waiting for Badminton England to rule on the un-played fixtures in Division 1 North, the county first team were delighted to learn that they had indeed made second spot behind Lanarkshire, by a point from Lothian. That meant a trip to Milton Keynes for the Division 1 Pl
  • U19 Silver Clean Sweep

    There was a small but quality entry in the U19 Silver, the first time we have staged a BE Silver tournament in this age group, and there was to be much success for the locals. Tim Bodani won the singles and the doubles with James Dodd but was prevented from making it a treble by Lucy Dodd and Cumbria’s Dan Kemp who won the mixed and Lucy also won the singles without the loss of a set. Ellen Davison was also victorious in the ladies’ doubles with Molly Whitaker from Yorkshire and was
  • First Team on tenterhooks

    With Staffordshire withdrawing from the final weekend of the SCC season, the final positions in Division 1 North are still to be resolved. The top two qualify for the play-offs with the top two from Division 1 South to determine which two of the four gain promotion to the Championship and how the un-played matches are treated will materially affect who is in the top two. The SCC Management Group will be meeting on Monday 11th April to determine the official outcome in this, and a number of other
  • First win for seconds

    The final weekend for the county senior second team was deprived of its’ final fixture when Staffordshire withdrew but that still left matches against Lancashire 4 and Notts 3 to contend with, the former were defeated 7-4 for their first win of the season and the latter could not have been closer but resulted in a 6-5 defeat.The team fielded was the youngest team for many a year with Cambridge Uni student Finlay Smith making his senior debut, as did PC player Jack Tilbury. Indeed, pretty m
  • Play-Offs Closer…

    The senior county 1st team play Yorkshire 3 at ‘The Edge’ at Leeds University today still in with a chance of making the top two in Division 1 North who will go forward to the play-offs to gain promotion into the Championship. Staffordshire have withdrawn from the final weekend so their results will be expunged from the table for the purposes of promotion and relegation which leaves the table looking:-TeamsPtsPWLFALanarkshire335503322Oxfordshire326243234Northumberland315233124Lothian
  • Play-Off Bound?

    The senior county 1st team travel to ‘The Edge’ at Leeds University today still in with a chance of making the top two in Division 1 North who will go forward to the play-offs to gain promotion into the Championship. Staffordshire have withdrawn from the final weekend so their results will be expunged from the table for the purposes of promotion and relegation which leaves the table looking:-TeamsPtsPWLFAOxfordshire274222717Yorkshire 3214132123Lothian204222024Lanarkshire193301914Nort
  • Gold Success for Lucy Dodd

    Lucy has just had a successful weekend at the u17 Milton Keynes Gold, winning the girls doubles with partner Matilda Franklin (Notts). The girls were seeded 2 and comfortably won their group, which put them in the semi finals. After a slightly nervous start which led to a 21:18 first end loss in the semi final, they turned things round winning the next two ends 21:11 21:10.In the final they played No 1 seeds Grace Sachdeva from Yorkshire and Brooke Stalker from Scotland, both regular winners on
  • Sri Lankan Star excels

    The Northumberland Senior Gold, part of the Badminton England Senior Gold Circuit, returned to the calendar for the first time since 2019. The first Gold event of 2022 attracted a bumper entry of 76, featuring many premiership players, particularly from Middlesex and Sussex. The leading light though had to be world ranked Sri Lankan Dinuka Karunaratne who emerged a double champion and barely put a foot wrong all weekend.The men’s singles boasted 6 A grade players and 8 ranked in the top 50
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  • Memories of … the Indonesia Badminton Festival

    Here we are. December 8th. Time to say goodbye. It’s been a month of craziness, of unbelievable experiences, and it’s time to leave it behind. I must admit that my […]
  • Memories of… the Indonesia Badminton Festival

    Here we are. December 8th. Time to say goodbye. It’s been a month of craziness, of unbelievable experiences… And it’s time to call it quit. I must admit that my […]
  • 3 Bronzes for Lucy at U15 Nationals

    Buoyed up by her recent international selection, Lucy Dodd travelled down to Milton Keynes last weekend for the Under 15 Nationals and came back home with three bronze medals.  What a great performance!In the girls’ singles, Lucy outperformed her 5/8 seeding level by winning her group and two more knockout games to reach the semi-final, where she lost 19 and 12 to the second seed, Grace Sachdeva, from Yorkshire.  With a relatively new partner in the level doubles, she was seeded
  • Local Success at Masters

    After the hiatus caused by Covid last year, the Tyneside Badminton Centre hosted the 21st annual Northumberland Masters Tournament last weekend. Players came from counties as far afield as Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Kent and Essex and also from Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most Masters tournaments have been suffering withdrawals due to injury as players resume post the covid break and Northumberland’s was to be no exception with an original entry of some 112 players being whittled down to 9
  • Danish Butter Memories

    In this special contribution, Badmintonphoto photographer Yves Lacroix brings us his best memories from on location at the recent Thomas Uber Cup Finals and the Denmark Open. Story and photos […]
  • Muriel champions the Masters

    Congratulations to Muriel Burgess who was presented with the Walter Arkley award for her exceptional, long-standing contribution to Masters badminton in Northumberland, at the Northumberland Masters tournament last weekend. The award is presented in memory of Walter Arkley, a long-standing volunteer of NBA and presented in line with his passion for the sport, Masters, or Veteran’s badminton as it was previously known, being one of his passions.The award was presented by Steve Abbott,
  • Garrylee & Philip at the double

    The annual “Restricted” tournament, restricted in the sense that only those people qualified for Northumberland can enter, formed the ‘A’ grade of the opening graded tournament following lockdown and attracted some 65 entries in total across all the grades. It was expected to be a battle royal across the three disciplines between the county’s two leading men, Garrylee McMullen and Philip Pahatouridis, but that was thwarted as they chose to play together in the men&r
  • Unsung Heroes Award for Karen Davison

    Sport Newcastle held its 2021 Awards Evening at the Eagles Basketball Arena this week and our own Karen Davison was one of the guests of honour to receive an Unsung Heroes award.Karen was very embarrassed as the host, broadcaster Roger Tames, read out a list of her achievements – many years as the organiser for senior and junior badminton in the Morpeth and Ashington areas; £25k raised for local charities through her annual badminton marathons; organiser of No Strings sessions for so
  • JUNIOR COUNTY RESTRICTED RESULTS

    At the weekend we saw the return of the Junior County Restricted Tournament after Covid restrictions meant that we had been unable to hold any competitive play for our Juniors over the last 18 months.  “Restricted” means that only players eligible to represent Northumberland can enter.  The Tournament was held at the Tyneside Badminton Centre.On the Saturday, the U13 and U17 events were held and the U15 and U19 events took place on the Sunday.  Players were able to ent
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