Bad­minton hope­fuls trial at leisure cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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n ON TRIAL: Lon­don’s fu­ture Bad­minton stars at Botwell Green Leisure Cen­tre

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