As part of the Easter holiday celebrations, Jean assembled an Easter hamper full of chocolate goodies, treats, snacks and nibbles – along with a bottle of wine to wash it down with- and a soft toy or two to cuddle. The hamper was the prize in “Pick the Sweet” blackout, which quickly sold out among our many supporters of ALL ages.
Our good friend and now former neighbour, Janet Morris, drew the winning “Sweet” which was “Matchsticks” and was claimed by Mrs Elaine Walker of Los Angeles, California. Her family have promised to keep it safe, sound and untouched for when she comes to visit the UK in May. She is coming across with her husband to celebrate the Royal wedding, so this hamper has got them off to a great start. Janet, too, was returning to see us all as she has very recently “emigrated” back to her Welsh homeland. However, we will look forward to her promised frequent returns to see us and continue her stalwart support for the charity.
Our thanks go to the wonderful people who donated gifts to the hamper and to Jean for, once again, conjuring up such a magnificent prize. The venture raised a magnificent £48 for our cause and proved to be most enjoyable.
4th Annual Primary Schools Trip to the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships, 2018
Following on from the success and enjoyment of previous years www.jfbf.co.uk once again organised an all-expenses paid trip to this year’s All England Badminton Championships on Wednesday 14th March at Arena Birmingham (formerly known as the Barclaycard Arena. Pupils were chosen from the five primary schools who are participating in our Primary Schools coaching scheme this academic year and/or were members of our thriving Jon Froggett Juniors Badminton Club which meets after school every Wednesday in Nicholas Chamberlaine School Sports Hall.
There were almost 90 students, accompanied by supervising staff, from each school which resulted in a packed coach setting out for Birmingham. Fortunately, Race leys together with Park Lane, eased the burden by using their own minibus and meeting the rest of us at the venue.
The schools participating were:-
We arrived at about 10am and found some very good seats together which gave a commanding view of the 5 badminton courts the screens and scoreboards, as well as being ideally situated for all the other facilities and amenities outside of the main arena. Those children who had not previously been to a large arena to experience a major event had their breath taken away by the sheer size of it all.
Play was already well under way and the vociferous crowd swelled as the morning wore on. The children were quickly immersed in the each of the 5 games that were being played at any one time and were impressed by the smooth changeovers that took place when one match finished and another commenced. It really was “Non-stop badminton” throughout the day. The staff in attendance were all impressed with the children’s knowledge and understanding of the rules of badminton and the court markings for singles and doubles. Also, they appreciated the skill with which the children explained to them the rules, shots and tactics which were being employed. Those of us responsible for the coaching sessions in schools and the Juniors’ Club took immense pride in this. It brought home to us the very genuine progress with badminton they had all made.
As you would expect from a World Championship contest there was intense competitiveness between the players but there was always a genuine spirit of fair play evident. This was a great lesson for our children to experience. At times the sheer pace, power and athleticism seen in some of the rallies simply took one’s breath away.
The players themselves were very approachable and many of our party had a word or a “High-five” with them and some were lucky enough to get their autographs.
Unfortunately, the draw that had taken place earlier meant we only had time to watch one match involving England, the rest being due to take place later in the day. Our party were very successful in adding to the crescendo of noise in supporting them!
Though it was an intense day, time was found to take the children outside of the main arena to visit the many display stalls, exhibitions and various challenge events for them to participate in. These all proved to be very popular. Also, they went in search of their coach, Ross Ayre, who was working hard on one of the Yonex England stands but still found time to greet them and have a word or ten. They were also introduced to another of our committee members who was helping at another stand - none other than Pete “The Meat” Martin.
All in all it was a tremendous experience and day out for all who took part – made even better by the excellent conduct of all the children. They were a real credit to their families and schools.
Thanks also to the staff from the schools for their support and also to Terry’s Coaches and their fantastic driver who got us there and home safely and bang on time.
Finally, special thanks to our charity secretary, Joie Emery, for organising the tickets, itinerary and transport arrangements so efficiently.
We’re already looking forward to next year!
Here are a few quotes from some Headteachers of participating schools:-
“……….Thank you once again for the opportunity. All our children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and as you say, for most it was their first experience of live sport. We are truly grateful for the support offered by you and the Jon Froggett Badminton Fund and hope our partnership will continue for many years to come……”
“…..Thank - you for your e-mail. Thank - you also for the opportunity. The children really enjoyed the whole experience. They have been speaking about it lots in school since their return!......
“……..Thank you for your continued support. It is amazing to see so many children leaving our school with not only a good level of skill and understanding on badminton, but with a genuine love of the game. The children all came back from the trip full of excitement and keen to do more…….”
Always true to our word we came back again this year! In NO way were we disappointed.Although numbers were slightly down on last year due to the flu virus beginning to bite, 44 supporters and friends of JFBF met up again to signal the start of the Festive Season. It was the end of another very successful year for the charity and so it was good to get together and celebrate.
As usual, we received a very warm and friendly welcome from Anne-Marie, Babs, Jane, Sarah (the new manager) the chefs and staff of “The Ansty” who, once again, pulled out all the stops to make this yet another memorable celebration and feast to remember. As usual the magnificent decorations and table settings created a truly festive atmosphere. Special thanks, once again, to Julie for her beautiful hand -made table cards. Guests were served a mouth-watering three-course Christmas meal selected from a very tempting menu. Well done the chefs!
After the meal, the throng was entertained, once again, by our good friend Pete “Mr Entertainment” Martin who provided music to suit all ages and tastes. To make sure everyone had something to their taste to enjoy, guests had been asked beforehand to name their favourite tune and artiste(s) and we got them to Pete in plenty of time to satisfy everyone’s wishes. He did so quite magnificently and soon the room was full of people dancing or singing along! What a warm, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere it was.
.The only break in proceedings was for the now “legendary” raffle which, believe it or not was even bigger and better than before. HUGE “Thanks” must go to all those who donated the many and varied prizes towards it and to Jean F., Veronica, Janet, Jean J., and “Mrs Smed” in particular and other volunteers who helped on the night. It was hardly surprising, therefore, that the raffle raised a wonderful £207 for our charity. Thanks to everyone who took part. It was particularly nice to see the bar staff winning a few prizes as they have always generously supported the raffle without having had much luck along the way.
After all expenses for the night had been met, a total of £221.71was paid into the Charity’s bank account. In conclusion, “A great night. A wonderful occasion. Great friends and atmosphere. A truly magnificent outcome.”
Thank you, one and all for your support.
Guess what? We’ll be back next year!
More Donations were also received with our gratitude around Christmas.....
£10 Alan & Norma
£10 Jan Bailey, knitting box
£20 Dave, Laura and Caleb (neighbours of Ian & Jean)
£20 Mrs Smed ( she still remembers Jon's birthday)
£17.54 Julie & Ken Ainsworth emptied their "loose change" box
This was the eighth occasion of this popular annual tournament. The inaugural event took place in 2010. Jon was a WBSA coach and captain of one of the winning teams in 2010. From 2016 onwards the teams have competed for the Jon Froggett Memorial Trophy which is presented in his memory by representatives of our charity. Sone 75-80 players from across the Coventry and Birmingham cell took part. Aging from 6 to 18 they were split into 4 equally matched teams comprising all the age range. At times this meant that very junior players were playing with or alongside their senior counterparts. The ethos of the tournament remains a very fitting tribute to Jon.
The following is a report on this year's event, with photos, compiled by Julia Hammerton, Secretary of the WSBA. We are very grateful to her.
Early in December 2017 our charity received a surprise donation of £100 from the WSBA which they raised as part of the proceeds on the day. A huge ,"Thank you", to the players, organisers, parents and supporters of WSBA for ths early Christmas present. It is very much appreciated and will be put to good use.
It is unbelievable that this is the 6th occasion on which this event has been held. Once again, the venue was Centre AT7, Bell Green, Coventry. Its superb facilities were put to excellent use by us.
The Friendship Challenge is a badminton tournament established in memory of Jonathan, a keen badminton player and coach, who died tragically in a car accident five years ago. It is part of a programme of events organised by the Jonathan Froggatt Badminton Fund (JFBF) to raise funds to promote badminton as a sport and activity and is currently involved in coaching Badminton in schools in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area as well as establishing a Juniors Club at Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth. Full details of the charity’s aims and its activities can be found on its comprehensive website at www.jfbf.co.uk.
Though numbers were slightly down on previous years due to holidays and other commitments, the tournament was still a great success. It attracted a number of mixed male and female teams from Coventry, Birmingham, Leicester and Stratford and included a variety of age groups from the secondary school age to more experienced players. It is a great opportunity for younger players to compete with, and learn from, players of a higher standard. It also provides the participants with a tough pre-season competition before their leagues commence. As well as a large number of current and ex County players participating, this year also saw an England Veterans player taking part, along with a 16-year-old National Squad player. As in previous years, this reflects the success and prestige of the tournament in being able to attract such talent.
The Badminton matches were organised by Ed Cheung of Central Sports, Coventry and assisted by JFBF Committee members. It was played on a round robin basis - each of the 6 teams of 4 players (2 male, 2 female) playing each other in singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. The handicap system established by Ed ensured that all players whatever their age and skill level took part playing each other. This enabled the less experienced players to develop their skills and expertise in playing against the more experienced players while giving them every chance to beat them.Points were awarded for a Win (3), Draw (1) or Loss (0).
On the day Ed was assisted in running the tournament by Joie Emery, the charity’s secretary, ensuring the smooth administration of the tournament and playing order. All players received a certificate and JFBF would like to thank all those players who took part. An enthusiastic army of helpers made up of Committee members gave their support throughout the day to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. The staff of the AT7 Centre, particularly Danny Ferry, provided superb assistance when it was needed and were complimented on the excellence of the venue.
The eventual winners, after 3 years of trying, were The Foxes, a juniors team from Leicester. The runners up were Monsoon from Coventry.
1st The Foxes 9 points
2nd Monsoon 8 points
3rd Swing When You're Winning 5 points
4th Stratford 3 points
5th Badminton Bears 2 points
6th Team Active 1point
It was a fun day but very strenuous with players playing matches all afternoon from 12 noon until the conclusion at around 7.00pm. Bags of energy food and drink were supplied to all players. The food and drink were supplied by Bookers to whom we are most grateful.
The feather shuttlecocks were supplied by Central Sports.
As a way of providing some light relief, there were several "Distraction events" for the players and spectators to try.
There was a serving challenge whereby those taking part had to serve a shuttlecock into one of three receptacles to earn points. Despite what appeared to be a very difficult challenge a number of players scored the same number of points resulting in a couple of intense play-offs for the first and second prizes. Mark was the eventual winner and received a new Yonex Badminton Racquet. Bronagh won second and she was presented a Yonex fitness watch. The third prize was keenly and tactically fought out between Kenroy and Ross and took over 15 rounds to decide the eventual winner. Eventually, it was Kenroy who eventually won the tube of "Victor Pro Sport" shuttlecocks. All the prizes were donated by Central Sports of Coventry to whom we would like to express our heartfelt thanks.
A blackout competition was organised by Julie, helped by Ken. The prize was a savoury basket and wine. The winner was Pete Brooks.
A Tombola stall was also organised and run by Jean, Veronica and Julie and proved to be a great success with virtually all the items being won.
Pete Martin worked tirelessly all day at re-stringing racquets and generously donated half of his proceeds to the JFBF cause. In between, he even found time to take a few photos.Thanks, Pete!
The winner’s trophy and medals were presented by the JFBF President, Ian Froggett , Jean Froggett and Ed Cheung. The trophies and medals were provided by Nuneaton Trophies based in Stockingford to whom the charity is extremely grateful.
Our thanks to all our helpers particularly Joie, Ross, Ken, Steve, and Peter Brookes- who took the photographs.
Lastly, a very special "Thank You" from all of the Committee must go to Paull Whitehouse of Steel and Alloy Processing Ltd. (part of the Gonvarri Group of companies). Paul has been a tremendous supporter and contestant in the JFFC over the years. He also won the "Serving Challenge" last year. Sadly, this year he is recovering from a knee injury and was unable to compete or defend his Serving Challenge title. He was missed by everyone, but made his presence felt by donating a cheque for £200 to cover the cost of renting the courts and hall for the day. This magnificent gesture is very much appreciated. We wish Paul a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him take part next year.
Anyone wishing to see how much money was eventually raised will, eventually, be able to find the information on our website
All in all, it was a fun day - helping the JFBF Charity to promote Badminton as a sport and activity and we are looking forward to the 7th Jon Froggett Friendship Challenge on 2nd September 2018 at the AT7 Centre.
Anyone wishing for further information or, teams/individuals wishing to take part, or to make a donation please contact Ian Froggett on 02476340106 or the JFBF website at www. jfbf.co.uk .
Thanks to the efforts of our Press Secretary, Steve Wibberley, the tournament was well publicised in the local papers, particularly the Nuneaton News of Wednesday 4th October.........
One of our President's friends from the gym spotted this article and took it to their usual morning fitness session to show the other regulars. As well as publicising the charity it also generated a surprise donation of £50-00 from that friend. Thank you very much Gurbaksh "Joe" Bahia. You're a star!
Dave and Kim Mort, who are the main administrators of Jubilee Juniors B.C., along with helpers from their club and members of our Committee organised a family fun day. The proceeds were donated to JFBF.co.uk as a token of their appreciation for the support we have given them over the years. This truly generous gesture was accepted with heartfelt appreciation.The flier for the event gives a good idea of what was on offer.
Hawkesmill Social Club occupies a delightfully rural setting on the outskirts of Coventry and the sunny and bright afternoon added to the pleasant nature of our surroundings. We were met with a warm welcome by the staff and some "regulars" and quickly set up our stalls, games, raffles, quiz and tombola. After a slow start to the proceedings, we were gradually visited by a steadily increasing number of visitors of all ages. To our relief, they quickly and generously joined in the fun and enjoyed themselves. The numbers were swelled by the fact that this was a "Dog friendly" event, thanks to the club.Prize winners received their gifts winnings at around 6.30 pm, and after tidying up and clearing away many of us headed for the bar for a well-earned drink and chat with the regulars, including the owner Lloyd McGrath, the former Sky Blue Legend. Our sincere thanks to the club for providing burgers, sausages etc and for the use of the facilities, and also for so willingly joining in the various activities.
Just over £400 was raised for our charity's coffers. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this, and "Well done" to Dave and Kim on the success of the event - the first of this type they had organised.
Wednesday 5th July 2017 saw the 2nd occasion of the Nichola Chamberlaine School's Sports Award Evening.
The guest of honour was Guin Batten - her story is truly inspirational. Her Olympic rowing exploits and her being a member of the first all-women crew to row the Atlantic west to east in a world record time is the stuff of legends. Guin skippered the crew.
Guin presented the trophies to a large number of sports awards winners.
The second recipient of the Jon Froggett Memorial Shield for the Nicholas Chamberlaine School Junior Badminton Player of 2017 was GAVIN WAN. He also received a miniature trophy a to keep as a permanent reminder of his success.
Due to holidays and coaching commitments, it was not possible for our charity to be represented at the event, which we understand built on the success of last year. However, it is our intention to catch up with Gavin in the Autumn term and to congratulate him personally and, hopefully, have some pictures taken.
24th May 2017
BPSSA Badminton Tournament
The Tournament took place at Nicholas Chamberlaine School Sports Hall, with 5 teams present; including 2 teams from St. Michael’s Academy, Race Leys, Park Lane and Keresley Newland.
Players from each of the teams were seeded to produce the fixtures, making a girls’ league and a boys’ league. Players in seed 1 played each other twice, not playing against players from any other seed; this was the same for all 4 seeds. Each player gained points for their team based on how many points they had scored in the game, thus being used to find the boy winner and girl winner of the tournament along with the winning team of the tournament.
From the word “Go”, you could see the children were really enjoying the tournament, showing great sportsmanship and especially showing their talent and skill in badminton. Whether they won or lost their match, every child pushed themselves, kept their chins up and always shook the hands of their opponents, knowing they had still scored points for their team. It was good to see both an enjoyable and competitive tournament which it was a pleasure to watch.
At the end of the tournament there were a lot of tired children after such hard work and determination through it all. No matter what the results were, every child looked happy and proud with what they had achieved and had really enjoyed the tournament.
Trophies and medals were presented on behalf of our charity by Ross Ayre, our schools and club coach and Warwickshire Juniors county coach.
1st – St. Michael’s Blue (108 points) Individual Winners;
2nd – St. Michael’s Red (87 points) Boys Winner – Joseph Ogbonna (St. Michael’s
3rd – Race Leys (85 points) Blue)
4th – Parks Lane (62 points) Girls Winner – Lexie Powell (St. Michael’s Blue)
5th – Keresley Newland (49 points)
Due to photography restrictions we are unable to publish pictures of this event.
Thanks to Hugh Thomson, PE Assistant at St Michael’s Primary Academy, for compiling this report.
The annual trip to watch the All England at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham saw a packed coach of 70 people, comprising 65 plus supervising staff from each school, get to the venue at 1000 am. As in previous years, it was an all expenses paid trip funded by the charity. All the schools in which we have coached, plus members of the Jon Froggett Juniors Badminton Club were invited. 6 schools, plus the club, took up the offer. The schools in attendance were:-
St Michael's Primary, Bedworth
Race Leys Juniors, Bedworth
Park Lane Primary, Nuneaton
St Francis Catholic Primary, Bedworth
Goodyers End Primary, Bedworth
Keresley Newland Primary, Keresley
Nicholas Chamberlaine School (venue for the Junior Club)
All the pupils had attended our coaching sessions in their respective schools with many of them having taken part in the Bedworth Primary Schools Sports Association Badminton Tournament. A few also played at local clubs. All were excited at the prospect of being able to watch the best players in the world from many different countries competing against each other. On arrival at the Arena, we were all surprised at how busy and full it was. Play had just started and we were able to get some excellent seats which gave us a very good view of all 5 courts, as well as being handy for the amenities and facilities nearby. The pupils gasped in amazement at the size of the venue and the layout and presentation of the courts and that the courts were always occupied. They quickly appreciated the exquisite range of skills on show and also identified the range of basic shots in use that they had been coached in our sessions in school.
Singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches involving players and their national flags from all around the world were watched, often in awe. The pace, skills, power, deftness and sheer athleticism of the players were not only appreciated by the audience but were also inspirational for our pupils. We hope it spurs them on to even more involvement.
As the day wore on, the passion and raucousness of the crowd grew as they cheered on their respective nations. It certainly was a cosmopolitan occasion.
The only downside was that we only saw one match involving the England team. Needless to say, the children in our party relished cheering them on!
Staff also escorted the children, in small groups, to the exhibitions, sales/gift stalls, badminton entertainments, food outlets and other amenities taking place in the areas outside the main auditorium. During this time, many of our group made sure they found out our chief coach, Ross Ayre, to say, "Hi," to him and check that he was indeed working hard!
It was a very enjoyable day out for all of us, made all the more so as the children were a credit to themselves, their schools and families. It all ran very smoothly and the last drop off was bang on time at 5.00pm, thanks to our splendid driver.
Thanks must also go to the school staff who accompanied us as their support throughout the day was wonderful, and also to Joie Emery for arranging the tickets and transport so efficiently.
Regrettably, we have very few photographs this year due to statutory restrictions, but if some that are permissible
become available they will be posted later on this page
We'll be back next year!
Here are some quotes from some of the Headteachers of participating schools
As 2016 drew to a close some unexpected funds came the charity’s way.
Jan Bailey took our now famous box of Christine’s hand knitted goods and toys back into Acorn Lodge Care Home, Nuneaton. Our heartfelt thanks to Jan, the staff, residents and friends of Acorn Lodge for the £107.50 raised from the sale of these goods.
“Mrs Smed” never forgets Jonathan’s birthday, 28th December, and donated £20 to the fund in his memory. Bless her.
Julie and Ken Ainsworth are really settling in well now. They emptied their “Loose change box” and donated the £28 of copper to the fund – a wonderful gesture which is much appreciated.
A marvellous total of £155.50 Thanks to everyone involved
True to our promise of last year we came back!
51 Committee and friends of JFBF met up again to signal the start of the Festive Season and to celebrate being together at the end of another very successful year for the charity. As usual, we received a very warm and friendly welcome from Anne-Marie, Jane, Lee and the staff of “The Ansty” who, once again, pulled out all the stops to make this yet another function to savour and remember. Somehow, they topped last year’s magnificent decorations and table settings to create a marvellous festive atmosphere. Special thanks to Lee for his charming and innovative shuttlecock themed table numbers and to Julie for her beautiful hand -made place cards. She was also responsible for organising the magnificent new publicity banner which made its first appearance on the night. Guests were served a luscious three-course Christmas meal selected from a very tempting menu. Well done the chefs!
After the meal, the throng was entertained, once again, by our good friend Pete “Mr Entertainment” Martin who provided music to suit all ages and tastes. There were a couple of breaks in his proceedings. The first was to welcome his Mum, Hazel, and his Aunt and cousin. Hazel was due to celebrate a special birthday that weekend so the Committee presented her with a gift as a special treat. It was their first time at our Christmas party and they had such a good time that we bet it will not be their last. The other break was for the raffle which was even bigger, more varied and better than last year. Our raffles have earned themselves a fantastic, well-deserved reputation and huge “Thanks” must go to all those who donate gifts towards it and to Jean, Veronica, Janet, and “Mrs Smed” in particular and other volunteers who helped on the night. It was hardly surprising, therefore, that the raffle raised a wonderful £192 for our coffers. Thanks to everyone who took part.
During the course of the evening, a good friend and supporter of the charity, Greg Stephen, dropped in unexpectedly. He looked rather tired, having travelled to Paris and back on business (his firm’s Christmas lunch!) during the day. His stay, though short, was spectacular as he presented us with a cheque for £120 raised by the tuck shop at the Warwickshire Schools’ Badminton Association annual Jon Froggett Team Tournament held in September at the St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Warwick. We cannot thank the WSBA, their players, families and supporters enough for this very kind gesture.
After all expenses for the night had been met, a total of £488 was paid into the Charity’s bank account. In conclusion, “A great night. A wonderful occasion. A truly magnificent outcome.”
Thank you, one and all for your support.
We’ll be back next year.!
Once again, this year's Warwickshire Schools' Badminton Association's Jon Froggett Team Tournament was held at the St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Warwick.
It was very regrettable that Ian and Jean Froggett were unable to attend this year's tournament, as they had done previously, as they were holidaying in Venice and cruising the Med - a trip that had been booked many months in advance. Just as regrettable was the fact that no representatives of the Charity's Committee were able to take their place due to other long-standing commitments or participation in key badminton matches for their clubs.
It seems that they all missed a wonderful tournament in which 70 or so junior Warwickshire players were split into teams matched according to age groups, and went on to produce some highly skilled, keenly fought and intense matches which were watched by a good crowd of vociferous supporters.
All competitors received a medal; two teams a bronze, second place a silver and the winners a gold medal and the Jon Froggett Tournament Trophy.
The final result was very close. Many congratulations to the eventual winners - the Orange Team (pictured above) captained by Tim Ward, Vice-Captain Tom Eaves with Phoebe, Josh and Ewen .and the rest of the team.
The Charity's Committee would like to express their gratitude to all the team captains and players who took part and to all those WBSA Committee members and volunteers who worked so tirelessly to prepare and run this hugely successful event. Special thanks must go to Dave who, as M.C. for the day, held everything together;; Lesley and Reema for running the desk and scores and making it look so easy; Alison M for organising all the medals ready for presentation,; Ryan and Connor for providing the Forza merchandise stand: and Helen and lots of volunteer parents for organising a very busy Cafe Shuttle throughout the day. Finally, special mention must go to Julia Hammerton and Greg Stephen for their continued support for our charity
At our Charity's Christmas Meal and Dance on 9th December a tired looking Greg Stephen turned up unexpectedly, having travelled to Paris and back during the day, on business (his firm's Christmas lunch!) His stay, though short, was spectacular as he presented the Charity with a cheque for £120 from the Cafe Shuttle's takings. What a complete surprise, especially as we thoiught we had missed out on the fund raising at the WSBA event this year as Jean and Vron were not available to make and sell their special cup cakes and treats. A MASSIVE "Thank you " to WSBA for this very generous gesture.
The fifth annual Jonathan Froggett Friendship Challenge tournament took place at the AT7 Centre, Coventry on Sunday 4th September 2016. The Friendship Challenge is a badminton tournament established in memory of Jonathan, a keen badminton player and coach, who died tragically in a car accident five years ago. It is part of a programme of events organised by the Jonathan Froggatt Badminton Fund (JFBF) to raise funds to promote badminton as a sport and activity and is currently involved in coaching Badminton in schools in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area as well as recently establishing a juniors club at Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth. Full details of the charity’s aims and its activities can be found on its comprehensive web-site at www.jfbf.co.uk.
The tournament was a great success, attracting a number of mixed male and female teams from Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull, Leicester and Stratford and included a variety of age groups from the very young to more experienced players. It is a great opportunity for younger players to compete with and and learn from players of a higher standard. It also provides the participants with a tough pre-season competition before their leagues commence. As well as a large number of current and ex County players participating, this year also saw a former European Disabled champion taking part along with two young England players, the current male mixed doubles player seeded 7th for England, and the past Junior English champion who has just turned full-time professional and was playing in Slovakia the day before our tournament, thus reflecting the success and growing prestige of the tournament in being able to attract such talent.
The Badminton matches were organised by Ed Cheung of Central Sports, Coventry and JFBF Committee member and was played on a round robin basis - each team playing up to fourteen rubbers . In all there were nearly forty players. The system of handicaps established by Ed ensured that all players whatever their age took part playing each other and enabling the younger players to develop their skills and expertise in playing against the older more experienced players while giving them every chance to beat them.
On the day Ed was assisted in running the tournament by Joie Emery, the charity’s secretary, ensuring the smooth running of the games. All players received a certificate and JFBF would like to thank all those players who took part. An enthusiastic army of helpers made up of Committee members gave their support throughout the day to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. The staff of the AT7 Centre were provided superb assistance when it was needed and complemented the excellence of the venue.
The eventual winners were the Badminton Bears from Birmingham while the runners up were the Birdie Bashers from Coventry.
It was a fun day but very strenuous with players playing matches all afternoon from 12 noon until the conclusion at 7.00pm. Bags of energy food and drink were supplied to all players. The food and drink was supplied by Bookers to whom we are most grateful. The 7 dozen feather shuttlecocks were provided by Central Sports.
During the afternoon and as a way of providing some light relief the tournament ran a serving challenge whereby those taking part had to serve a shuttlecock into one of three receptacles to earn points. Despite what appeared to be a very difficult challenge a number of players scored the same number of points resulting in a play-off. The eventual winner received a new Yonex Badminton Racquet. The second prize was a Yonex fitness watch and the third prize was a £20.00 gift voucher all supplied by Central Sports of Coventry and to whom we would like to express our thanks.
A blackout competition was organised and open only to competitors. The prize was a pair of premium tickets to the finals day of the Yonex All England Badminton Championships in March, 2017.
A Tombola stall was also organised and run by Jean, Veronica and Julie and proved to be a great success with virtually all the items being won.
The winner’s trophy and medals were presented by the JFBF President, Ian Froggett and Ed Cheung who also presented the runners up with their medals. Trophies and medals were provided by Nuneaton Trophies based in Stockingford to whom the charity is extremely grateful.
Our thanks to all our helpers particularly Joie, Ross, Ken, Pete Martin for re-stringing racquets and Peter Brookes, who took the photographs.
All in all it was a fun day helping the JFBF Charity to promote Badminton as a sport and activity and we are looking forward to the 6th Jon Froggett Friendship Challenge on 3rd September 2017 at the AT7 Centre. Anyone wishing for further information or teams/individuals wishing to take part or to make a donation please contact Ian Froggett on 02476340106 or the JFBF website at www. jfbf.co.uk . Anyone wishing to see how much money was eventually raised will, eventually, be able to find the information on our website.
Our intrepid bunch pauses for a break and to take in the beautiful vista that is Carsington Water, in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire.
The main ride was scheduled to start at 11.00 am, to allow for travel time. Most of the group were there on time with their bikes. Thanks to our very good friends Julie and Ken Ainsworth who got Ian and Jean's bikes there and for acting as water carriers and stalwart supporters. The group set off under leaden skies, the two hours before the start having been subjected to very heavy rain, so making conditions rather wet, muddy and slippy in places - particularly on some of the climbs and steep descents. Conditions swiftly improved and by the end of the ride the weather was nice, warm and sunny.
Everyone completed the ride but special mention must be made of 6 year old Harrison who doggedly completed his first long ride of 8.5 miles which included some challenging and steep climbs along with tricky descents. A gutsy performance indeed! Special recognition must also be given to Ross Ayre who broke in his new bike by completing 50 miles and Paul Warner - our "professional long distance rider"- who went off to another nearby cycle trail in the Peak District to tackle a very steep 20ish mile climb. It was great to see Ryan Emery on his new bike which was NOT battery powered and Ed Cheung who turned up on a borrowed bike and rose to the challenge.
While all that was happening a solo effort was taking place featuring our very own Pete "Mr Entertainment" Martin. Pete had been engaged until 4.00am that morning as guest DJ at an event. Understandably, he felt unable to get to Carsington Water so decided to fulfil his promise to his sponsors by cycling round Draycott Water, near Rugby. He did this about 6 time s and cycled just over 30 miles. A noble effort indeed.
Well done everyone who took part and supported the event. Currently the amount collected is a wonderful £500 approx. with more money still to come in. A HUGE "THANK YOU" to all of our sponsors.
As Nicholas Chamberlaine School Sports Hall is the venue for our Junior Club we were delighted to be asked to sponsor a new trophy for the school's Annual Sports Award Evening. The inaugural evening was held in the school hall on Wednesday 6th July 2016. Ian Froggett (President) and Ross Ayre (Vice-President) attended on behalf of our charity.. The audience was made up of a large number of award winners covering all aspects of sporting excellence achieved by students and staff in and out of school, their parents, families and friends.
The guest of honour was an ex-student who has gone on to become a stalwart of women's football at club and international level - Laura Bassett. She has had a long and impressive career with top ladies clubs like Coventry City, Birmingham City, Arsenal, Leeds United, Chelsea and currently leads Notts County. Her international career commenced in 2003 and continues to this day with well over 50 caps to her name. Laura is a truly inspirational and motivational character who proved to be an ideal first guest of honour at these awards as she is a positive role model who can speak with undoubted experience of the determination and dedication required to get to the top and stay there for a long time.
The inaugural winner of the new Jon Froggett Memorial Shield for the Nicholas Chamberlaine School Junior Badminton Player of the Year was Eric Fu. Unfortunately, Eric had been taken ill in school that afternoon and was not present to collect his trophy. However, it was received on his behalf by Ross Ayre (in all his sartorial elegance). The shield will be kept in the school trophy cabinet and Eric received a delightful small trophy as a keepsake of his achievement. This is the format we will adopt for future years.
All in all, it was a great event and an honour to be part of it. Congratulations must go to the school staff, particularly Mrs Claudia Ashmore, for the splendid organisation and our invitation.
The generosity of some people never ceases to amaze us! At a recent Jon Froggett Juniors' session I was approached by a parent of one of the players who enthused about what the charity was doing for local youngsters and the community at large. The parent was very complimentary about our web site and the detail it contained. Hence, this parent offered to make a contribution to our charity and went on to present us with a cheque (without any fuss) for a staggering £250!! Both Ross and I were gobsmacked and almost lost for words. (Unbelievable, I know, but true!) Naturally, we expressed our sincere gratitude on behalf of the Committee for such a magnificent gesture - which is also a wonderful recognition of what all of us directly involved with the charity are trying to do. I offered to thank the donor formally on this site, but they declined - insisting that they wanted to remain anonymous. What a wonderful act of kindness!
Ian Froggett (President)
Sunday 22nd May saw Jubilee Juniors B.C. hold their annual tournament at their home venue of Tile Hill Wood School, Coventry. The club had its biggest turn out ever with 32 Junior players aged 5-17 years taking part and playing some very competitive games in the best sporting manner. Our charity was, once again, very proud to support the club and event. Trophies were presented on our behalf by Ross Ayre and Ed Cheung, both of who commented on the skill of the players and the rosy future for local badminton if they continue to develop.
The players were split into 4 teams, matched as carefully as possible for gender, age and ability. Results were as follows:-
First Red Team 447 points
Second Gold Team 438 points
Third Blue Team 436 points
Fourth Green Team 432 points
With only 15 points separating the teams the result was very close, as last year, and indicates a keenly fought contest.
The annual trophies were presented to the following:-
Jon Froggett Memorial Trophy, Most Improved Player 5-11 Category Noah Fairbrother
Jon Froggett Memorial Trophy, Most Improved Player 12-17 Category Ananya Kannan & Matthew Ford (joint winners)
The Club Trophyfor the Jubilee Badminton Club player withgood attendance, good behaviour and good attitude throughout the year was awarded to Aaryan Naresh.
Well done to the trophy winners and all the players who participated. Special thanks go to Dave and Kim Mort for their splendid organisation and continued commitment to the club, the coaches and parents for their magnificent support.
(We are hoping that more of the parents who took photos will pass them on for publishing on this page.)
Are you in Year 4 or 5? Do you play, or would you like to learn, badminton? If you answered "YES" then come along to Bedworth's new club, the "Jon Froggett Juniors Badminton Club", details below or look out for the posters in your schools.
Though all schools who had participated in the coaching programme were invited to send teams, the pressure of work and conflicting calendar demands meant that there were only 4 teams able to compete this year. St James and St Francis schools each sent one team each while St Michael's managed to enter two teams in the tournament.
Once again the venue was Nicholas Chamberlaine School Sports Hall where there were 4 full size courts for the players to enjoy, though it was quite a challenge for some of them. Our sincere thanks go to the Sports Hall/PE staff and a number of older Nico GCSE/BTEC students for their superb help in organising the venue and umpiring and refereeing the matches.
The mixed teams competed this year as a school team to see who would lift the Jon Froggett Memorial Shield - Junior Schools Badminton Challenge trophy. As has become characteristic of this tournament, the matches were keenly contested but in a very sporting way. Two other things were very noticeable throughout; the very noticeable improvement in skill level of all the competitors; the obvious enjoyment each has for the sport.
4th place St Michael's B
2nd = St James
2nd = St Michael's A
CHAMPIONS St Francis ( Chloe Gilbody, Lexie Ross, Dominic Simmons, Thomas Sumner)
Congratulations to the St Francis team and well done to all those who took part. As President of the Charity, it was a great pleasure to present the bronze, silver and gold medals to ALL competitors and the shield to very worthy winners.
Finally, special thanks must go to Chris Daly (PE Dept. Nicholas Chamberlaine), Huw Thomson ( PE apprentice, St Michael's), Adam Dunkley (PE Instructor, St Michael's and Bedworth Primary Schools Sports Association Co-ordinator) for their tremendous support and hard work behind the scenes, without which this event would not take place.
Finally, I would like to say well done to a very talented player who I first came across a couple of years ago when Ross Ayre and myself visited St James Primary School to coach badminton. Megan Tweed was already a gifted player, having benefitted from the coaching of her father. During the course of the tournament it was obvious just how much she had progressed since then. She informed she was now playing for Warwickshire U 11's and though she was clearly the best player taking part she never hesitated to offer help, advice and encouragement to others. Also, she very modestly informed me that she was hoping to have trials for the England team. Well done Megan, and Good Luck!
Ian Froggett, President
Following the success and enjoyment of last year's trip to the All England Open Badminton Championships onTuesday 8th March 2016 at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, heralded this year's visit. 55 primary school children, accompanied by their supervising staff, enjoyed an all expenses day's outing funded by our charity. All of the primary schools in which we have presented our badminton coaching scheme were invited to send children. We have now coached in 9 of the 11 Primary schools in the Bedworth area and four of them took up our offer this time - St Michael's, St Francis, Goodyers End and Wheelwright Lane. It is unfortunate that the spectre of SATs looming at this time of year prevented other schools from sending children.
Arriving at the venue at around 11.00 am the hall was already filling up and by the middle of the afternoon it was pretty full and noisy. For many of our party it was their first time at a place like the Arena and the sheer size of it was a shock. There were 5 courts being played on simultaneously and continuously throughout the day. The matches in the first few days are knockout ones with the finals being held at the end of the week. We were very fortunate in managing to secure central seats with commanding and uninterrupted views of all courts and the master scoreboard. Singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches were played by teams from a vast number of competing countries. We were very fortunate in being able to watch most of England's players in action and they, in turn, were spurred on by the vociferous support from the galleries. Inevitably the skill levels were very high, and the speed of reactions and pace around the court often drew gasps of astonishment from the crowd. It was good for our party to see many of the skills and techniques they had learnt from our coaching sessions being put into practice at this highest of levels. The competitiveness was very intense - it is one of the most prestigious global competitions after all- but the spirit of fair play was always evident and exemplary for our children to see. The players were very approachable and quite a few of our party got a "High five" or autographs.
Though it was a very hectic day time was found to take children out of the arena to experience the exhibitions and displays which had been put on. Many also took the opportunity to wave to or speak with Ross Ayre, our Primary schools' coach, who was manning one of the exhibition stands.
Overall the day went very smoothly and the children were a delight to be with. Their conduct was exemplary and they were a great credit to their schools and families, especially on the onerous trip home through incredibly heavy and slow moving traffic. Many thanks to our driver of Terry's Coach Hire, Coventry for getting us safely and comfortably through it as quickly as possible.
My thanks also to the staff that accompanied us for their support throughout the day and to Joie Emery for so efficiently organising the tickets and coach booking.
We look forward to more of the same next year!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!
Although it was not planned for this year, the Committee listened to the charity's friends and supporters and held its first Race Night for nearly two years. Sixty friends and supporters, old and new, gathered for "The Off!" at our usual venue, "The Ansty". As usual we were warmly welcomed by Nathan and his bar staff and Anne-Marie and her superb team of waitresses and chefs. Between them they provided a wonderful meal, in very hospitable and comfortable surroundings, and the drinks flowed. From the very start the whole evening was characterised by its conviviality.
Proceedings were soon underway with the drawing of the door prize, soon after which the first race of eight got underway. Rich Atkinson had organised the race card with his usual meticulousness and was ably assisted by Richard Smith and their good ladies, Sue and Dawn, took the betting stakes and nimbly worked out the winners and winnings. This fantastic team were also joined by our compere for the night, our very own Pete Martin - though he was, uncharacteristically, reticent in announcing some of the race names. You can draw your own conclusions as to this when you look at the photos below.
As can be seen from the sponsors of Race 8 our overseas branch was, once again, able to sponsor a race. This international flavour in support of our charity was advertised worldwide via the web site AllEvents.in, reaching 25 million people across the globe.
As well as a break for food, which included a selection of magnificent sweets and individually decorated cup-cakes prepared by Jean and Vron there were two other breaks for to win the usual amazing raffle prizes. Many thanks to all those people who so generously donated prizes, to Jean and Vron for presenting them so wonderfully and to the team of Janet Morris, Mrs Smed, Jean Jakeman and Maggie Taylor for selling and folding tickets. The raffle raised over £190.00! There was also another short break for the Heads and Tails bingo which raised £22.50
When all the proceeds rolled in over the following few days and expenses had been deducted, a stupendous £1090.11 was paid into the Charity's bank, this amount rising to £1190.11 when the proceeds from Florida were later transferred.
Clearly, the event was a huge success. Many, many thanks to one and all who supported it. This means we can continue to sponsor Badminton England coaching qualifications, fund our primary school coaching programme, support other clubs and sponsor a variety of competitions for all age groups and levels of experience. In addition, we can continue to fulfil and expand some of our wider sporting and community objectives. In particular, we have just announced to Primary Schools which have been part of our coaching programme the formation of the Jon Froggett Juniors Badminton Club, to commence after the Easter break for Years 4 & 5 pupils at Nicholas Chamberlaine School Sports Hall. It will be FREE for the Summer term in order to get it established, after which a nominal fee will be charged, with the Fund picking up most of the costs.
Ian Froggett, President, and fellow Committee member and friend, Steve Wibberley went over to Arley Sports Centre to meet with Adam White, Assistant Manager there. The visit was the result of a number of e-mails having been exchanged over a quite long period asking if the Charity could support the badminton players at the centre. Jon was extremely well known there, not only as a player but as a juniors coach. He would go over most Saturday mornings to coach the youngsters who played.
A very constructive and informative chat with Adam revealed that there was a bunch of more senior players who regularly met and played at Arley every Friday night. They were asking if the Charity could support a tournament in Jon's memory. Naturally, we were very keen to support this, or a league contest, or any other venture which would consolidate badminton at Arley across all age groups. We also learned that some local learning settings have regular use of the centre and offered our support.
We asked Adam to feedback our interest and suggestions to relevant parties. To date we have learnt that the Friday "Buddies" would rather play "social" badminton rather than the competitive sort generated by a league. However, they would welcome our contribution to a trophy and medals for a tournament they want to organise for themselves.
We await further responses and are more than willing to support these initiatives, particularly as they would also support Arley Sports Centre at a time when its future is being reported as being under threat due to cuts threatened by the recession.
The charity's friends and supporters were deeply saddened to hear of the passing last weekend of Graham Chilvers after he lost his brave battle with cancer. Graham was known and highly respected by many in the local badminton community in which he has been a stalwart for many, many years. We will particularly remember him for his wonderful support and hard work in helping us get the Jon Froggett Friendship Challenge off the ground and turning it into the successful competition it has now become.
Graham will be sorely missed by all who knew him but his legacy will live on. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with his partner, Julie, and the family at this time.
Ian Froggett (President) 14/1/16
As the festive season draws very near the Committee wanted to say a special thank you to Mrs Smed and her friends and neighbours at Arthur Russell Court. She organised a Xmas Basket contest, the basket having been created by Jean, and the event raised £50. Thanks to all involved but especially Mrs Smed who also donated an extra £20 in memory of Jonathan's birthday. Bless her.
On Sunday 13th December Steve & Vron, Ian & Jean represented the charity at Jubilee Juniors final session of 2015. It was a very well attended event with many competitors and their parents turning up. We had been invited by Dave and Kim Mort who wanted the club to show their appreciation and gratitude to the charity for our continued support of their club. Consequently we were asked to organise a couple of fund raising activities as part of the "fun" session. The tombola we put on for the youngsters raised £61 and the parents' raffle £77.50. All this was done in the final hour - a very hectic time it was as well! It was a great way to finish for Christmas and the generous amount raised is very much appreciated. Finally, let's give a special mention to Dave and Kim Mort who are very much the club's stalwarts and have been so for many years through thick and thin. On behalf of all of us we hope they have a Happy and relaxing Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Well done to Warwickshire Juniors for winning the Primary North midway Badminton Tournament held in Sheffield on 6th December 2015. Of significance to our charity is the fact that our very own Ross Ayre was an assistant coach with the Under 11's group. Ross is a qualified Badminton England Level 1 coach and leads our Primary school coaching programme. Clearly he is growing in expertise and experience as a coach and that will surely benefit our local school children. When will he go for his level 2?
Friday 4th December 2015 saw the Committee, friends and supporters of the charity meet once again at The Ansty club. Forty people once again enjoyed a warm welcome and the usual hospitality from the staff at the club. The room was magnificently decorated with all the usual seasonal trimmings to create a wonderful atmosphere. Guests were served with an absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious 3 course Christmas dinner selected from a tempting menu. Music (of all tastes, genres and eras) and entertainment throughout the night was provided by our very good friend and Committee member - Mr Entertainment himself - Pete Martin. There was the usual high-class raffle organised and prepared by Jean, Janet and Veronica which raised an amazing £193 on the night! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and donated prizes. Overall, the evening raised about £250 to go into the charity's coffers.
Everyone agreed it was a great night and a lovely way to start the Christmas month. Special thanks must go to the Club and its staff for all the hard work they put in, particularly Anne-Marie and the chefs and waitresses and Nathan and the bar staff.
We'll be back!!
The WSBA hosted their 4th Jon Froggett Team Tournament on Saturday, 19th September 2015. It lasted all day and was held at a new venue - St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Warwick. It was an ideal venue for this event as it had all the amenities required by players and organisers, enjoyed the benefit of an excellent viewing balcony for the spectators and was set in a beautiful park with ample parking. As an added bonus the weather on the day was beautiful and many of those in attendance took advantage of it between matches to enjoy a stroll round the park and by the riverside. All in all there was a warm, friendly atmosphere throughout the day.
Once again, Jean and Ian were invited to present the medals and trophies and they turned up with their good friend and loyal supporter of JFBF.co.uk, Janet Morris. Accompanying them was a wonderful haul of about 12 dozen freshly baked and exquisitely decorated cup-cakes made specially by Jean and Vron. They went on sale in the Shuttle Cafe and were barely out of their storage boxes when the hungry hoards descended like gannets to purchase and have their fill. Janet appreciated it being so busy as it made it very much easier for her to resist temptation, though she did make up for lost opportunity later in the day!
This prestigious tournament was, as usual, brilliantly organised and ran very smoothly. It was a big event. A total of 71 players aged 12-16 took part, with some of the older ones already showing signs that they could make it to national level. For many of the Under 11s it was there first tournament and judging by the smiles on their faces they really enjoyed it. Many parents, family members and friends turned up to watch the succession of keenly fought, highly skilled matches that took place between the four teams that had been selected. All competitors received a medal; two teams a bronze, second place a silver and the winners a gold medal and the Jon Froggett Tournament Trophy.
Many congratulations to Alison Franks- Coventry U13 age group coach who captained the winning Yellow Team and her squad comprising of Josh, Phoebe, Thomas E., Asmita, George, Joseph K., Matthew, Ethan, Caitlin, Adarsh, Natasha, Jessica, Maisa, Jacob, Krish, and Noah F.
Thanks need to go to the captains of the other teams and their players....
Green Team: Tim Ward- Coventry U11 age group coach
Blue Team: Andy - Coventry U17 age group coach
Red Team: Jon Tweed Coventry U11 age group coach
The JFBK.co.uk committee would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the players, organisers, helpers and spectators. The cake sale raised £144 for our charity and we were overwhelmed with the generosity of WSBA when Greg Stephen presented Ian with £100 for the charity which were the proceeds raised by their Shuttle Cafe. It will be put to good use!
A long and tiring day for everyone involved, especially the players, but universally enjoyed by all who were there. We're all looking forward to next year!
We have another famous pairing to go with the likes of little and Large, Morecambe and Wise, The Krankies, French and Saunders, but the strange thing is they have never met face to face. I am of course talking about Jan and Chris a new intrepid duo. Together they have raised yet more money for the fund by working together , but from a distance. Chris is Christine Heptinstall, Jean's sister, who lives in Yorkshire and is a one woman production line as far as her knitting soft toys, clothes, blankets and other items is concerned. Her wonderful wares are exported across the White Rose border and eventually fall into the hands of Jan - Jan Bailey of Stockingford. Jan frequently acts as the chief sales manageress and takes the knitted goods into Acorn Lodge Care Home, Nuneaton for the staff, residents, their families and friends, to peruse and purchase. Over the Summer the Dynamic Duo have raised a further £121.50 for the fund. A brilliant effort which is much appreciated by the Committee. Our thanks also to those who have purchased items. One day Jan and Chris will meet up - an occasion to celebrate!!
Also we would like to thank Chris and Bill of Nuneaton Trophies and Chris Jones and the staff of Central Sports, Coventry for their continued commitment and massive support to the charity and the raffles and tournaments we run.
The charity is extremely grateful to the "Nuneaton News" for publishing two articles in September 2015 which explain whet the charity is about and use the Friendship Challenge Tournament as an example of the work we do together.
The links to the articles are as follows;-
The Fourth Annual Jon Froggett Friendship Challenge
The fourth annual Jon Froggett Friendship Challenge took place at the AT7 Centre, Coventry, on Sunday 6th September. The Friendship Challenge is a badminton tournament established in memory of Jonathan, a keen badminton player, who died tragically in a car accident four years ago. It is part of a programme of events organised by the Jonathan Froggett Badminton Fund (see www.JFBF.co.uk) to raise funds to promote badminton as a community sport and for health and well-being. Currently it is involved in coaching badminton in a number of primary schools in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area, as well as supporting junior clubs and other badminton organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire. The charity also pays for keen badminton players to become fully qualified Badminton England coaches to further its aims of promoting the sport among a variety of age groups across local communities.
Sunday’s tournament was a great success -attracting a number of mixed teams, their families, friends and supporters from around the Midlands which included a wide variety of age groups and levels of playing experience. The tournament was organised by Ed Cheung and was played this year on a round robin basis. The tournament secretary on the day was Joie Emery who ensured it ran smoothly and to time. The handicapping system established by Ed ensured that all players, whatever their age, took part on equal terms, so enabling the younger players to develop their skills and expertise by competing with or against the older higher ranking players. The youngest players, from Leicestershire, were fourteen years of age while one of the players on the winning team was a young lady aged sixteen and whose team included players in their mid to late twenties. This was her third Friendship Challenge and her progress has been meteoric.
It was a fun day, but very competitive and strenuous, with players playing matches for nearly 7 hours. Energy packs of food and a sports drink were supplied to all players. The food and drink was supplied by Bookers (Nuneaton Branch). Shuttlecocks were provided by Central Sports, Coventry, who also donated a ten pounds and twenty pounds gift voucher and a quality badminton racquet as prizes.
During the afternoon, and as a way of providing some light relief, the tournament ran a serving challenge contest in which those taking part had to serve a shuttlecock into one of three targets to score points. Alex Craner organised and ran the competition. The eventual winner was a team supporter who won the badminton racquet and a player was runner up and received the ten pound voucher.
A raffle was also organised by Jean Froggett and Veronica Wibberley and raised over £140.
At the end of the day the tournament was narrowly won by Team aMAZEing from Leicestershire and the runners up were a team from Solihull/Shirley.
The winner’s trophy and medals were presented by the JFBF president and his wife, Ian and Jean Froggett, who also presented the runners up with their medals. Trophies and medals were provided by Nuneaton Trophies based in Stockingford. All entrants received a certificate of participation.
We would like to express our extreme gratitude to all those businesses who sponsored or donated to the event for their continued support of the charity.
Our thanks to all our helpers particularly Ross Ayre; Peter Brooks who took the photographs; Steve Wibberley for preparing the press release and to the AT7 Centre staff for their brilliant organisation , the venue, and their warm welcome.
All in all it was a fun day helping the JFBF to promote badminton as a sport and fulfilling the objectives of the charity. We look forward to our next tournament on Sunday 4th September 2016 at the same venue. Anyone wishing for further information on entering this or about the charity, or wanting to make a donation, please contact a committee member through the JFBF website at www.jfbf.co.uk
The 2nd Junior Schools tournament attracted teams of players from several of the schools which had taken advantage of our coaching programme. Unfortunately a number were unable to send teams due to conflicting calendar commitments at what is always a very busy time of year. As last year the venue was the Sports Hall at Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College and our gratitude goes to the Sports Hall and PE staff of the college for their continued support and hard work in helping us put on this event.
As last year the participating schools fielded mixed teams. The competition was organised slightly differently this year with winners being sought from individual girls' and boys' competitions and overall team results. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented on behalf of the charity, along with the Winners' Shield to be held by the winning school until 2016. The medals and shield were presented on behalf of the charity by Ross Ayre - its Vice-President and the main coach of the Junior Schools' Coaching Programme. After a hectic morning of intense competition played in the best spirit of the game, but at an even higher standard than last year, the results were as follows:-
GOLD Callum Morris SILVER Justin McIllvenny BRONZE (joint) Kieran Ison & Josh Ogbonna
(All of these were from St Michael's so they should be congratulated for a clean sweep in this category.)
GOLD * (Race Leys) SILVER * (Race Leys) BRONZE (joint) Hollie Elliott & Sophie Ward (both St Michael's)
( * names awaited for inclusion)
GOLD St Michael's A SILVER St Michael's B BRONZE Race Leys A
Congratulations to St Michael's on their fantastic achievements this year. We look forward to them being sternly challenged next year.
Special thanks must be extended to Kerri Coltman for all her help and to Adam Dunkley for his hard work and impressive organisational skills behind the scenes.
The biggest thanks must, of course, go to all of the players for making this such a fantastic and enjoyable event. Well done!!
After an enforced absence due to their facilities being refurbished, Jubilee Juniors Badminton Club had returned to their traditional base to find an impressively refurbished sports hall at Tile Hill Wood School, Coventry. As a result the club was able to resurrect its junior tournament this year. Sunday 22nd March 2015 saw Ian, Jean, Steve and Vron attend this wonderful event. They were warmly and enthusiastically greeted by Dave and Kim Mort, the coaches and players. The age range of the players was very wide, ranging from 5 years up to 17. The number taking part was staggering and the gender mix roughly equal. The play was energetic and the skill levels of some of the youngest was unbelievably good. It was obvious to all watching from the sidelines that the players were having a good time and were enjoying themselves. It was great to see the club thriving once again and was a tremendous reward for all the effort behind the scenes that Kim, Dave, the coaches, other helpers and parents/families have put in over the years.
Ian and Jean were honoured to present the various Jon Froggett Memorial Trophies and also the gold, silver and bronze medals which were provided by the club. The results were as follows:-
Jon Froggett Memorial Trophy- Most Improved Player 5-11 years was presented to GRACE NORTON
Jon Froggett Memorial Trophy- Most Improved players 12-17 years presented to JAKEVIR SHOKER & MARK ARYA
Jon Froggett Memorial Shield-Club Person of the Year for good attendance, behaviour and enthusiasm was jointly presented to ANNA, ANTONY & ALEX GEORGE
Blue Team 428 points
Gold Team 426 points
Green Team 418 points
Red Team 392 points
The sores show just how close and competitive the teams were.
Finally, it was particularly pleasing to meet up with Shamira Naidu-Young again and see how well she is putting her Badminton England Level 2 Coaching Qualification (which was partly sponsored by our charity) into practice.
Our loyal friends and supporters at Arthur Russell Court, Nuneaton once again had a competition- to guess the name of the Easter treat from a choice of 50 well known sweets from yesteryear to the current day. It raised £50 for the fund, and they had a lot of fun in doing so. Our sincere thanks to all those who took part and especially to "Mrs Smed" for organising it in the Court. Winners and further details below:-
Friday 13th proved lucky for the team who won our third skittles and quiz challenge held, yet again, at The Ansty Club.
Once again, there was a magnificent turn out (despite the fact it was Comic Relief night on T.V.) and 44 guests were divided among 7 teams to compete in 4 quiz rounds (Proverbs, Superstitions & Phobias, Dingbats and Comic Relief Photos) and three varieties of skittles games ( Alley, Cheese and Table). It was a very active and somewhat raucous night but the atmosphere was always warm and friendly. The contest was interspersed with a luscious meal, prepared by the staff at the club and "Heaven on a Plate" a range of delectable sweets lovingly prepared by Vron and Jean. They were also responsible for putting on another legendary raffle with a wide range and variety of prizes.
Time flew by and Steve was kept extra busy keeping the master scoreboard ticking over and up to date. The eventual winners, each receiving a bottle of wine, were members of Team "Requires Improvement" scoring a very creditable 223 out of a possible 586 points. The strongest team (because they were holding everyone else up at the end) with 185 points was Team "Mallard", the members of which each received a red-nose to commemorate Comic Relief.
Fun was had by all and the fund benefitted to the tune of £283. We look forward to the 4th Challenge. Can Team "Requires Improvement" retain their crown or will there be, yet again, another new team taking over the mantle of Champions?
Wednesday 4th March proved to be a very special, unforgettable day for a coachload of primary school children who had taken part in our badminton coaching scheme. They were treated to an all expenses paid day- long visit to the Barclaycard Arena (formerly the NIA), Birmingham to watch and savour the world's most prestigious tournament which forms part of the global badminton competition. Our group was fortunate enough to have seats at the front of the packed galleries, meaning that they had commanding views of 3 of the 5 courts that were continuously in play. They were able to watch singles, doubles and mixed doubles games put on by a variety of teams featuring the sport's biggest heroes and heroines from countries around the globe as they competed for badminton's most coveted title. Each match was keenly fought and contested because they were part of the knockout stages leading up to the finals on the following Saturday and Sunday. The high intensity, electric atmosphere and fast-paced on court action captured everyone's imagination and was much appreciated by our group of pupils as they could appreciate just how much the coaching they had received could be put into practice even at the highest level.
At the end of each game the group was able to get up close to some of the players and perhaps get autographs. One of the highlights of the day was being able to watch the English mixed doubles pair win their game
We hope this spurs the children on to continue with the sport and move on to bigger and better achievements within it.
At the end of a hectic day there was time to visit some of the other attractions and stalls on show in the arena. Perhaps the favourite was the opportunity for a few of our group to experience "Para-badminton" as they had the chance to play the game from specially adapted wheelchairs. The England Badminton Players Association for Disabled is an emerging aspect of the sport which is growing rapidly; see www.EBAD.org.uk for further details.
Overall this was a great day out and the children were a pleasure to be with and an absolute credit to themselves and their schools. Our appreciation is extended to the supervising staff from the schools who were in attendance - Wheelwright Lane, St Michael's CoE. St James CoE, and St Francis RC primary schools.
We are hopeful that we can have an even bigger and better visit next year!