Badminton hopefuls trial at leisure centre
FUTURE badminton stars are trialling at Botwell Green Leisure Centre, in Hayes, for the right to compete in this year’s 38th Balfour Beatty London Youth Games over the summer.
School children from across Hillingdon have been invited to trial for free in the hope of being selected to represent Hillingdon in the team put forward.
Junior Badminton at Botwell Green Leisure Centre will continue once the trials are over and a team has been selected.
The squad will continue to train for free, but those not successful will be given the option to continue perfecting their skills at paid-for sessions, taking place on Fridays between 4pm and 6pm.
The Hillingdon Council-owned leisure centre has been working to provide a structured scheme of sport to tackle inactivity within the Hayes area.
The scheme aims to heavily discount sessions, reduce barriers to participation while providing a quality service and a great sporting experience.
Sessions have been designed to develop character and build selfesteem, respect and work ethic in young people while using badminton as a platform from which to encourage social, academic, physical and vocational development.
Commenting on the new programme, community sports manager Maximilian Goodchild said: “Badminton is one of the eorld’s most popular indoor sports and spans across many cultures and continents. We know from experience that getting young people introduced early to the sport has significant benefits.”
For further information visit www.betterlessons.org.uk
n ON TRIAL: London’s future Badminton stars at Botwell Green Leisure Centre