The first Central Smash In2 festival was held at the Peak on 25th March 2018. The purpose of the festival was to encourage more players to play competitive games and to promote more contact between players in different clubs and social groups playing in central Scotland.
The event took the format of a doubles challenge for all players over the age of 14. The entrants were split into groups based on ability to allow everyone attending to enjoy challenging games at their own level of play. Each player played doubles games with all of the other players in their group and individual scores were recorded. The second round then allowed players to move up or down a group based in their scores.
In total 35 players registered for and took part in this event. The entrants were from a broad range of different clubs and groups and it was an excellent opportunity for player to meet people from other clubs and find out more about different clubs in the area. Many of the players attending commented that they would like to play in future events and would recommend the event to other players in their clubs. It was also a good opportunity for clubs to pass on information about themselves.
The standard of play across the groups ranged from beginner up to very fast competitive play in the top groups with all players attending finding challenging games at their own level.
The winners of each group for the 1st round are below:
Olympic Game Group-- Alistair Cooke
Commonwealth Game Group— Campbell Geddes, Ben King
World Championship Group— Kristopher Cooke
European Championship Group— Richard Johnson
International Challenge Group— Jingpeng Li
National Championship Group— Zuozhang Gao
The event was split into two sessions with the overall results from the two sessions as follows;
Session 1 9am – 11am Upper Group
Winner: Alistair Cooke
Runner-up: Craig McCandlish.
Session 2 11am – 12:30pm Lower Group
Winner: Fengling Jian
Runner-up: XiaoJun Zhang
Each player attending was asked to complete a feedback form. There are a few good ideas for minor changes to the format for future events however, feedback from participants was very positive. Everyone enjoyed the event and many confirmed they would attend a similar event in the future.
Many thanks to organizers from Forthside badminton club Mark Thomson, Adele McCandlish, Craig McCandlish, Grangemouth Smash In2 club Andy Cooke. Active Stirling Ruth Henderson. Badminton Scotland Rita Yuan Gao.
After the event, the 1st AGM meeting for the Central Badminton Association was held at the Peak. The management committee was elected and plans are already in place for another event.
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Report courtesy of Craig McCandlish & Rita Yuan Gao