West Norfolk Junior Badminton development squad starts new season
The West Norfolk Junior Badminton development squad has started the new season at its regular base of the 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.
Cooper is supported by level 2 coach Ben Watts and level 1 assistant coach Jess Bateman.
The groups are split into two 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 development squad training.
As players progress, coaches from the squad and clubs recommend them to the Norfolk Junior County Association assessments.
At present a dozen players from West Norfolk are in the various county age groups, with seven new into the county squads this season.
Two older juniors, Jess Bateman and Charlie Wakefield, have been included in the senior county squads.
Squad manager Roger Cetti and coach Norma Bowen both assist the head coach at squad sessions.
Club captain and level 1 coach, Leo Fonzo, will help at training sessions as well as leading the teams in matches, tournaments and events.
West Norfolk juniors are hoping to play matches this campaign against friends and regular opponents the Lincoln Development squad, following a successful match against them last season.
The annual West Norfolk Junior Championships, which has competitions for boys and girls from under-8s to under-18s in singles and doubles, will take place later in the season.
Next month, West Norfolk Juniors will take 28 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 with 12 hours of training over two days by ex-England players and coaches, Liz Cann, Lydia Powell and Greg Mairs.
West Norfolk Junior Badminton is sponsored by Russen and Turner, property experts.
Regular articles will appear in the Lynn News throughout the season.
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