YOUNG aspiring stars of the future descended onto St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre looking to impress the country’s coaches with their on-court skills.
Around 70 youngsters all carrying badminton racquets and aspirations took part in the annual restricted singles tournament on Saturday for “even” age groups where players competed from Under-10 through to Under-18 level.
Among them were many from local club members from Alveston Juniors and five young players came away with medals.
The first success of the day came when George Baxter came agonisingly close in the boys Under-12 event. George won all but one of his games with the exception being a narrow 21-20 defeat to eventual winner Ryan McCool.
Club newcomer Joe Maynard marked his debut appearance in the competition with bronze in the boys Under-14 event. Having won all but one of his group matches, Joe then came up against eventual winner Matthew Forde in the semi-final, going down 21-11.
In the afternoon, Alveston’s girls took over the medal collecting, particularly in the Under-16 category where Faith Christopherson powered through unbeaten to take gold while club mate Beth Harris had to settle for Bronze. Sandwiched between them was Ananya Kannan from Coventry’s Jubilee club
In the final event of the day, Ellie Sinclair collected a further bronze for her club in the girls Under-18 event.
Alveston run weekly sessions all year round at North Leamington School and Stratford Girls Grammar School and players wanting to improve their game can get further details from the club’s website www.AlvestonJuniors.co.uk