Sports Hall finals

THE Mill o' Forest team.
THE Mill o' Forest team.

Teams from Mill O’ Forest and Durris Primary Schools head to Perth on June 1 to compete for the National Badminton Sports Hall Challenge title.

Over 80 young people from primary schools across the south of Aberdeenshire took part in the regional final on May 6 at Banchory Sports Centre having qualified through their local cluster events.

The event, part of a national initiative from Badmintonscotland, is being rolled out by Aberdeenshire Council’s Badminton Development Officer in collaboration with South Aberdeenshire Active Schools Co-ordinators.

Joan Prieur Badminton Development Officer said: “Over 260 Aberdeenshire pupils from Aboyne, Banchory, Mearns and Stonehaven Networks have been introduced to the sport of badminton in a fun way taking part in sessions in their local area clusters. Eight teams progressed from the area cluster events to the regional final with the winning two teams going forward to represent Aberdeenshire at the National Finals.”

The primary 3–5 pupils in teams comprising of 5 boys and 5 girls had great fun as they raised the roof of the sports centre cheering on their team mates as Doreen Seery, Aberdeenshire badminton coach and Active School Coordinator, orchestrated the day.

Active Schools Coordinators, Derek Atkinson, Mearns, Shona Parks, Aboyne, Ross Nicholson Stonehaven and Holly McIntosh, Banchory were impressed with the players’ enthusiasm as they worked their way round the 8 workstations showing off their badminton-based skills. The event finished on a high as Derek led the children in some fun relay races as the team points were tallied up to reveal the two schools who would represent Aberdeenshire at the Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth.

This will be the first time a Durris team has ever reached this stage of the competition. The Mill o’Forest team have qualified each year for the National Final and will be hoping to live up to previous years when their team achieved a fantastic third in the National Finals a tough act to follow. Both teams are excited and looking forward to the experience ahead.

June Reynolds Mill O’ Forest coach said: “We are delighted to have qualified for the Sport Halls Challenge Final again. We had an awesome time in previous years reaching the dizzy heights of third, so it is a real challenge this year to follow in the footsteps of previous teams. However, this team is a new team and they have been brilliant and really risen to the challenge.”

For more information about badminton sessions please contact Badminton development officer Joan Prieur at Aberdeenshire Council on 01569 768352.