West Norfolk badminton development squad begins season

The photo shows some of the juniors from the 3 squads, plus coaches Robin Cooper, Norma Bowen and Squad manager, Roger Cetti.
The photo shows some of the juniors from the 3 squads, plus coaches Robin Cooper, Norma Bowen and Squad manager, Roger Cetti.
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The West Norfolk Junior Badminton development squad has started the new season at its regular base of KES Academy in Lynn.

The squad welcomes back head coach, Robin Cooper, a level 2 coach, who trains various county junior squads, as well as being a tutor assessor and coach for national development days on behalf of Badminton England. Robin is supported by local level 2 coach, Jeremy Wakefield, as well as new level 1 coaches, Ben Watts and Arjun Bendre.

The groups are split into three sessions, depending on age and ability, and training includes technical skills, fitness work and match practices.

Players are invited by junior club coaches across the borough to attend the squad training.

As players progress, coaches from the squad and clubs recommend them to the Norfolk Junior County Association assessments. At present around 12 players from West Norfolk are in the various junior county squads.

Squad manager Roger Cetti, and coach Norma Bowen assist the head coach at squad sessions.

Club captain, Ben Watts, will lead the teams in matches and support the younger players at tournaments and events.

West Norfolk Juniors will be playing two matches this season, one home and one away, against friends and regular opponents, the Lincoln Development squad, and also against other clubs from around Norfolk, which have yet to be arranged.

It is hoped to run a trip to the All England Championships in Birmingham next March, which would be open to all badminton enthusiasts in West Norfolk. WNJB will also be holding the annual West Norfolk Junior Championships in the new year.

Later this month West Norfolk Juniors will take around 20 players, including some from east of the county, to the annual training weekend at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

The players will be put through their paces by two ex-England squad members and coaches, including Paul Truman and Julia Mann, with 12 hours coaching over two days, with a chance to relax on the Saturday night bowling in town.