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!
To celebrate our first year anniversary, the club managed to secure some funding to allow us to offer free sessions throughout October 2013. We even managed to get some coverage in Sheffield Star!
Famous! – It’s our first year anniversary next month and we wanted to celebrate. What better way than having FREE Badminton all month long!
We were successful attaining some local funding enabling us to offer Monday night sessions completely free throughout October to new and regular players. The decision has so far proved popular, and it didn’t take long for the local paper to pick up on it!
We look forward to welcoming new players to the club and taking advantage of the offer. What a cracking first year we’ve had and what a way to begin the next one.
See you on court soon!
As part of the initial funding bid, the funds were made available to offer coaching to members. Rather than pay a coach and only benefit from a handful of sessions, it was decided to train one of our members who could then step up as the resident club coach.
With not long left of our funding project we still have one outstanding area to cover - Coaching. We put this in the bid and our experience taught us this would be important to making the club appeal to new players wanting to learn and develop in the sport.
The cost of a fully qualified coach isn't cheap. The money we have would only cover the cost of a coach for a handful of sessions and wouldn't really see any long term benefit.
By this time numbers were inconsistent on a Thursday evening. Will took the decision to offer players informal coaching on Thursday nights to improve their techniques and all round game play. This worked and numbers on a Thursday have increased dramatically.
As it was a large expense we opened up the subject to club players. The majority decision followed the idea of sending one of our own players on Badminton England's Level 1 Coaching course, after completing Level 2, with insurance, officially means you can coach formally. A handful of names were suggested, as Will had already taken the role upon himself to offer his experience, the players agreed he would best suit the opportunity.
We also offered the opportunity for a club player to undertake a First Aid course provided by British Red Cross funded by SSBC.
Allan, SSBC treasurer said: "The whole group are delighted to keep the money local, having a qualified coach within the club offers so many options in the future to benefit all our players in the long term. "Will has only missed one session since the club started last year, this, along with the offer of the first aid training to club players, is just the beginning of SSBC offering opportunities to its loyal players for the benefit of the club, like our offer of a free Adidas wristband to players after attending five of our sessions."
Speak to a member of the SSBC committee if you are interested in attending the First Aid workshop.
After a successful first few months, what better way to say goodbye to 2012 than by having a smashing contest!
Our last session of the year, what better way to end the year than testing the speed of our smashes then going for a beer?!
Well that's exactly what we did!
After an enthralling contest, Ed took the glory with a phenomenal smash that was
recorded at 115mph! Well done Ed.
We finished off 2012 with a few pints at neighbouring Shiregreen Working Men’s Club (Home of 90's smash film The Full Monty) to toast a successful start to SSBC and we look forward to 2013.
Our club shirts are officially for sale!
Thanks to our Sheffield based supplier Kit Locker (www.kitlocker.co.uk), we have a fantastic looking shirt at a great price.
The club has agreed to subsidise the cost of shirts to players. Meaning you can pick up one of these great shirts, and personalise it with your own name, for just £10.
Not only that, we've agreed to help raise awareness for local health group; Concord Heart Support Group, based in Shiregreen. Heart disease is high in this area so we're happy to help. For more information visit CHSG's website www.concordheartsupportgroup.org.uk
Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club officially began on the 15th of October 2012. The first session was held at Hinde House School.
Historic evening as Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club officially opens its doors for the first time. Six players took to the courts, including guests from Shiregreen's 2011 Badminton - athon. We play at Hinde House School playing over two courts on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Will, chair and co-founder of SSBC said: "To have six people attend our first evening is very encouraging. Thanks to all that came and we look forward to welcoming players to the club every week."