It has been a busy few days in Tayside & Fife!
First up was the Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council Primary Schools Badminton Singles Festival 2018
On Tuesday 98 primary school children representing 16 schools from Dunfermline & West Fife descended on the Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline to take part in the badminton singles festival.
The festival is a great example of partnership working between Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council, the Dunfermline Badminton Association and Active Schools. The courts, medals & trophies are organised by the sports council, the DBA organise the tournament and shuttles and Active Schools provide sports ambassadors to help umpire the games.
The event was run like clockwork by retired Headteacher and DBA stalwart Pam Turner. As well as the individual prizes up for grabs all the children took part in the Team Shield event whereby the most successful school are presented with a shield which they keep for a year.
There was great badminton played on all courts as well as displays of excellent sportsmanship by the primary children.
Throughout the season most of the schools have had some input on badminton coaching organised by the Sports Council in conjunction with the Dunfermline Badminton Association and Carnegie Badminton Club.
The results were as follows:
Boys Singles Winner Conor Mullen – St Margarets
Runner Up Aiden Meikle – Townhill
3rd Paul Anderson – Townhill
4th Josh Ollis – Limekilns
Girls Singles Winner Maeve Lawes – Cairneyhill
Runner Up Zara Scott – McLean
3rd Chloe Mackenzie – Pittencrieff
4th Maria Gourlay – St Margarets
The Donibristle Shield Team Trophy – which is awarded to the best team effort in the day – all scores from the whole team are taken into consideration – was awarded to:
Main Award Small Schools
Gold – St Margaret’s 1st – Limekilns
Silver – Townhill 2nd – North Queensferry
3rd Bronze – Pittencrieff 3rd equal – St Serfs / Torryburn
4th Bronze – Limekilns
Next up was the Disability Sport Fife Badminton Championships 2018.
This event was run by DSF at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre and supported by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Fife Council.
For the 2018 Championships DSF had created divisions based on age, gender and ability to ensure participants compete against players of similar ability. Forty competitors took part and the standard was extremely high. The matches were umpired by the sports leaders from Kirkcaldy High School.
The late Russell Hogg worked for both Badminton Scotland and Scottish Disability Sport and had a major influence on the development of disability badminton in Fife. Russell greatly influenced the DSF attitude towards badminton and the sport has been on the DSF priority list for a significant number of years.
Many of the competitors are coached by Alex Bird at the DSF badminton sessions held at the Michael Woods Sports Centre, Glenrothes.
Also taking place at the same time was the Tayside Parasport Festival at the D&A College campus at Gardyne. The festival was sponsored by Allardyce Healthcare and supported by Celtic FC Foundation.
There were 42 physically and sensory disabled children taking part in the festival which featured 7 sports including badminton. The coaches were assisted by students from D&A College.
The children were able to try out their badminton skills using adapted equipment. There was also an opportunity for the coaches to talent ID the children and encourage them to attend clubs to continue their badminton development.