URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE LEAGUE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
As everyone is aware the situation relating to the coronavirus in the UK is changing daily.
The Officers of the Southport and District Badminton League have today fully discussed how best the League should deal with the current position and what decision(s) to take on the League’s behalf.
In determining how the League should move forward we have had to consider what is in the best health and welfare interests of all Clubs and its members, together with associated risks, which are of paramount importance. We have also taken full account the advice of the NHS and Public Health England.
As we write this communication the latest advice from the Government and its Medical and Scientific advisers is that there should not be unnecessary contact between people.
In the light of this up to date advice, the decision that has been taken by the Officers of the League is that the 2019/2020 Southport and District Badminton League season is suspended from 5pm tonight (Monday 16th March 2020).
By taking such a swift decision we believe this follows this latest advice and serves the wellbeing of all players in our League by acknowledging the seriousness of the situation.
More information will be issued in due course including the Shield and Watkinson Trophy finals as well as the B Tournament.
16 March 2020
It is with regret that last Friday, following ill health, Neil Marshall passed away.
Neil was for many seasons a stalwart of what was originally West End Badminton Club before it changed its name to West End Park BC. Not only did he play regularly for the Club but carried out the role of Club Chairman for several seasons.
In addition, Neil was a member of the League’s Executive and of its various committees. He fulfilled the role of Sponsorship and Handbook Officer, on the Executive, and was instrumental in persuading Garryowen Ltd, a previous sponsor of our League to come on board. He subsequently was made a League Vice President when he brought his stint on the Executive to an end.
At this time, our sincere thoughts and condolences are with Helen, his wife and two young daughters and all the Marshall family.
League Executive Chairman
With the 2019/2020 season with us it is so pleasing to reflect that this badminton year ahead of us will be the 87th season since the Southport and District Badminton League was founded. That is some achievement and is a credit to all who are playing/ have played or contributed voluntarily to the sport. Not only does our League continue to flourish but has the largest number of players registered in any League in Lancashire. Long may this continue.
To all of you, whether players, club officials or supporters/spectators I welcome you to yet another season and hope you get continued enjoyment from the badminton played within our League.
I am delighted that the League’s sponsor, Master Lock and Safe, continues to provide invaluable support not only financially but through attendance at various finals, events during the season. As they embark on their 9th season of sponsorship, the contribution to the League by Martin and Di Taylor should not be underestimated.
Following discussion at the AGM in April, the view of members present at that meeting was that a hard copy of the League’s handbook should continue to be produced and provided to all members. To achieve cost neutrality of this publication, it is vital that the League attracts enough advertisers willing to advertise in the handbook. I would urge all of you to consider whether you, an individual or a business would be willing to purchase an advert. If you do, then please contact me for more information. My contact details are included in this handbook under the League Executive entry.
At the AGM it was also agreed that a Singles league should be introduced and, I am pleased to say that arrangements have been put in place for this to start this season. It is to be hoped that this venture will prove not only popular but enjoyable for those who wish to play singles competitively. Details relating to the Singles league will appear over the coming weeks on the League’s website.
Another new initiative which hopefully will be introduced and tried out this season, is the opportunity for those who are interested, to attend over a weekend, trials for the League’s town teams. This means that those who wish to be considered for a town team can do so by attending the event. Confirmation with details of time(s) and venue will be sent to all Clubs in due course if arrangements are able to be made for this season, as well as being advertised on the League’s website. There will be a nominal charge for those taking part in the trials.
As I have stated previously your League Executive always endeavours to do its best on behalf of you, the members. It is never averse to considering proposals that if adopted would enhance the League. If you feel you have such a realistic, practical idea then please let me know and it can be considered by the Executive. After all the League operates for the benefit of its members.
Finally, I wish all of you, whether as a player, official or spectator best wishes for the season. and hope you get maximum benefit and enjoyment from the sport.
Malcolm Banham (Chairman)
Welcome to the Southport & District Badminton League website. Here you can find out information about all the clubs that make up the League and all the latest news and information.
The League started in 1932 and is one of the biggest leagues in the country with over 65 teams participating across 7 divisions. Throughout the year, a variety of individual tournaments take place. These include open and handicapped events, making them accessible to all league players.
There are also team cup and shield competitions which are in a variety of formats and take place during each half of the season.
The League is made up of numerous clubs spanning from Crosby to Hesketh Bank. For more information about all of the clubs that make up the League and contact details, please see the ‘Clubs‘ section.
The League has a reputation as being one of the strongest in the region with internationals such as Joanne Wright, Sarah Sankey and Miles Johnson all having played in the League.
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