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SportsTalk: Badminton season set to make a racquet

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Get ready – the 2018 Badminton season is about to start!

Bay of Plenty Badminton clubs around the region will be starting up over the next few weeks – and the Bay of Plenty Badminton website has all the information about the clubs and contact details.

The website also has information on upcoming events. Highlights include:

  • BOP Masters, Veterans and Super Veterans Representative Team trials will be held at the Rotorua Badminton Hall, Tarewa Place on Sunday, 11 March from 9.30am. Bay of Plenty Badminton Association will be entering the following teams in the competition that is run by Badminton New Zealand across the country: Masters Division 2, 3 & 5 (players turning 35+ in 2018), Veterans Division 1 & 4 (for players turning 50+ in 2018), and Super Veterans Division 2 (for players turning 60+ in 2018).
  • BOP Junior Representative Team trials will be held on Sunday, 25 March at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre (QEII), Tauranga. We will be looking for players for Under 13s, Under 15s, Under 17s & Under 19s (You need to be under the age as at 31 December 2018).
  • BOP Badminton Assn Inc Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 11 March at Rotorua Badminton Hall, Tarewa Place starting at 2.30pm. All welcome.

Badminton is definitely growing in popularity in New Zealand, and here in the Bay of Plenty region we are seeing big increases in the number of people playing – both socially and competitively.

Across the region there are 10 affiliated clubs with 1000-plus members, increased number of school children playing and many many more casual players.

Bay of Plenty Badminton is just one of 25 Associations across the country, but based on population we are the seventh largest. We are also one of the leading associations in the country delivering playing and coaching opportunities to all people across our community.

For anyone wanting to get involved with badminton, either play socially at a club or trial for a representative team, please visit the Bay of Plenty Badminton website and download the information/forms or click on the link to register.

If you are interested in anything badminton in the Bay of Plenty, please contact Delwyn Cooper the Bay Trust CoachForce Badminton Development Officer on bopbadminton@xtra.co.nz or 027 212 4720 or visit the Bay of Plenty Badminton website.

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