Melton OGs Badminton Club – End Successful Season

The 2018/9 season proved to be another highly successful season for Melton Old Grammarians. A combination of well attended club nights, good team performances and a major junior development programme has ensured the club remains in extremely robust health.
Commenting on the season as a whole Club Captain Neil Hunt said “As we wind up the current season we can reflect on one of the best years OGs has enjoyed in a very long time. Adult membership remains particularly strong with club nights being extremely well attended. The test of the health of any club is the every day activity of its members and in addition to big numbers there has been a very enjoyable atmosphere at the club throughout the season.
We have also seen solid team performances despite an extensive injury list that saw many of our stronger players miss a number of matches. In a very competitive division dominated by Longslade Stoneygate our Mixed team competed extremely well to finish a highly creditable third. Our Men’s team won six out of ten matches to finish second in their division narrowly missing out on promotion to a dominant Quorn team. Our Ladies had a tough time in their division which was dominated by Panthers and Croakers both of whom are extremely strong. However our Ladies numbers continue to grow strongly and prospects for next season are greatly improved.
Most encouraging of all is the ongoing development of junior badminton throughout the Melton area. We are very fortunate that in Linda Hallam and Trevor Sanders we have two qualified coaches who devote endless time to our junior programme. With great help from Clare Marlow at Melton Schools, England Badminton and Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport we have put in place a comprehensive programme which ensures children across the Melton area have access to our sport. The 18/19 season saw over 350 children go through the programme and strong attendance at both our regular junior and intermediate coaching sessions at the club has confirmed the ongoing improvement in numbers of children playing badminton in and around the Melton area.
We also had great success within Leicestershire at junior level with Robyn Warwick winning her under 17 event at the Derek Meakin Memorial Cup day at the Hermitage Leisure Centre, with Emma Coffey and Amy John coming fourth in their event on the same day. It was good to see OGs back in the mix within Leicestershire.
The Leicestershire Badminton Association also recognised the outstanding service over many years from Sandra Waterman of OGs by presenting her with the Meritorious Award at the annual dinner held at Loughborough Town Hall. Sandra’s service to both the club and Leicestershire badminton generally has been unstinting and the award is well deserved. Sandra reflects everything that is good about OGs as a club.
All in all we can reflect on a great 2018/19 and the concentration is now on ensuring further improvement when the 19/20 season begins in September.”
Further information on Old Grammarians Badminton Club is available via the club website on www.meltonogbc.co.uk