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Friday, January 24, 2014

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Firstly we would like to start of by saying a huge thank you to The Freemasons and the Potter Trust who kindly donated two Speedminton Sets to BOP Badminton Association.  This is an adaptive version of Badminton to play outdoors and will be utilised by the BayTrust CoachForce Badminton Development Officer in schools across the BOP region, especially those who don’t have an indoor facility to be able to play traditional badminton.

The racquets are slightly bigger than a normal badminton racquet and a smaller shuttle called a ‘Speeder’ that flies better in a breeze than a traditional shuttle.  There are also no posts or nets require but instead grids that you peg into the ground, making it easy to play on either grass or on sand at the beach.

The 2014 Badminton season is about to start!

Clubs around the BOP Region will be starting up over the next few weeks.  The BOP Badminton Website has all the information about all the clubs and contact details for people around the region.  The website also has information on upcoming events such as:

Pre-Season Box Doubles competition that will be run at TECT Hall at Tauranga Intermediate School starting Tuesday 4th February for 4 weeks.

Senior BOP Representative Team trials that will be held at the Rotorua Badminton Hall, Tarewa Place  on Sunday 9th March from 9.30am.

BOP Badminton Association will be entering the following teams in the competition that is run by Badminton New Zealand across the country:

Seniors – Division 2 & 4

Masters Division 1, 3 & 5 (players turning 35 plus)

Veterans Division 1 & 4 (for players turning 50 plus)

Junior BOP Representative Team trials date to be advised.  We will be looking for players for:

Under 13’s, Under 15’s, Under 17’s & Under 19’s.  (You need to be under the age as at 31 December 2014).

For anyone wanting to get involved with Badminton (either play socially at a club, play in the Pre-Season Box Doubles Competition or trial for a BOP Representative team, please log in the BOP Badminton website: and download the information/forms.

If you have any queries regarding badminton, please don’t hesitate to contact Delwyn Cooper via email on or mobile: 027 212 4720.

Photo:  David Mace, Grand Master of Freemasons presenting the Speedminton Sets to Delwyn Cooper, BayTrust CoachForce Badminton Development Officer

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