As our players started to improve, we thought we'd test our abilities against another club in our first ever match; a friendly against Sheffield Forum Badminton Club!
On the Monday the 18th of November 2013 we hosted our inaugural friendly, taking on Sheffield Forum Badminton Club at Firth Park Academy.
Sheffield Forum Badminton Club were invited to bring a team of six beginner/intermediate skill level players to play the friendly. The match would follow the same format as the Sheffield Badminton league. We selected three mixed pairings to represent our club; Andrew Caunt & Tracy Grimes, Paul Antcliffe & Jane Bilton, Josh Bilton & Kerry Bailey.
Sheffield forum fielded an experienced bunch of intermediates to play the friendly. The games came thick and fast and although some were close, we were comprehensively beaten with Sheffield Forum eventually winning with a score of 6 to 0.
Gareth Evans, SFBC Chairman was in attendance, over seeing the match, though he didn’t take part in the friendly. Gareth was one of the group that completed the successful Guinness world record attempt that instigated the start of our club.
The Sheffield Forum players after the friendly were invited to mix in with our other members who hadn't participated in the friendly and enjoy the rest of the evening.
A big thanks goes out to Will Stocks and Gareth Evans, for arranging the friendly, with hopefully more to come in the future!