Harry, 10, is West Norfolk Junior Badminton player of year

The photo shows trophy winners Harry Wakefield, Alfie Cator and Ben Watts with coaches and players at the presentation party.
The photo shows trophy winners Harry Wakefield, Alfie Cator and Ben Watts with coaches and players at the presentation party.
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West Norfolk Junior Badminton, sponsored by Roythorne’s Garage of North Wootton, held their end of season presentation and party at KES.

The children enjoyed a fun training session, run by coaches Robin Cooper and Ben Watts. Awards were decided by Cooper, assistant coach Norma Bowen, and squad manager Roger Cetti.

Player of the Year was awarded to 10 year old Harry Wakefield, based on his many successes in national tournaments this season, and for finishing in the top four in the National under 11 championships. Most Improved Player was Alfie Cator, 12, for reaching the quarter finals of the Norfolk U12 schools tournament and being invited to represent Norfolk for the first time in an U13 friendly match.

Watts will continue as club captain, and was presented with the captain’s trophy, as well as a special gift from the committee for his contribution as assistant to head coach Robin Cooper at every session this season. Ben will continue to lead the teams in matches and support the younger players at tournaments and events. He is also on the club committee as its junior representative

Several West players are in the various Norfolk Junior squads, including Joe Rolfe, Jessi Bateman, Luc Widdowson, Charlie and Harry Wakefield.

A home match against regular opponents from the Lincoln development squad took place in November with a West Norfolk team travelling to Lincoln for a weekend match in February this year.

The annual West Norfolk Junior Championships, sponsored by Top Spin Tennis, were recently held at Alive Lynnsport with record numbers of entries in several age groups.

The annual training weekend at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes took place in October, where the children were coached by ex-England player Paul Truman and ex-national Performance Head Coach, John Quinn, plus nine-times national singles champion Julia Mann.

The squads take a break for the summer and will resume training in September.