March

Scotland to host the Yonex Boys’ Brigade UK and All Ireland Badminton Finals

On 21st April 2018 Boys’ Brigade Companies from Scotland, England, and All Ireland will be playing their badminton finals in Scotland. This annual competition sees two Companies from each country competing for the honour of being crowned UK and All Ireland Boys’ Brigade Badminton Champions.

Each team of 4 boys have played up to 7 rounds in their own country to become Scottish, English and All Ireland finalists. In Scotland 44 Companies from as far as Dumfries to Buckie, entered the Competition, which was played out during the winter of 2017/18, to arrive at the two Companies to represent Scotland.

The winning Companies for Scotland are Largs (for the 8th year) and Houston. Jim Lamont Captain of 1st Largs said “The boys have again played really well during all their matches and travelled all over Scotland. They have trained hard and committed considerable time and effort to qualify for these finals. It is particularly pleasing as the finals are to be held in Largs in April. We are so pleased for the boys, who are to represent Scotland and Largs.”

The Competition is to be held at sportscotland’s new National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde, Largs which is ideal for this type of event, with accommodation on site and an excellent badminton hall.

The North Ayrshire Battalion is hosting the competition on behalf of The Boys’ Brigade Scotland. Iain Baird, President of North Ayrshire Battalion said “It is a great honour for the North Ayrshire Battalion to host this competition. We last organized this in 2009 and hope to build on the success of that competition this April. To see boys from all over the UK and All Ireland, coming together through sport and enjoying meeting, competing and socialising is a valued part of the ethos of Boys’ Brigade.”

The competition is supported by BadmintonScotland, who are providing competition officials, umpires and tournament equipment. Other valued supporters are Yonex who are providing shuttles, Gannon Sports, who are providing sports items, local Largs retail outlets, with North Ayrshire Council hosting a competition lunch and a dinner for all players, Officers and officials.

John Kent, Competition Director said “We are so pleased that these organisations are able to support this event, which will certainly enhance the competition and will truly make the day an event for the boys to remember. We all look forward to a great day at Inverclyde.”

For further Information contact: John Kent, Competition Director: johnkent@outlook.com, tel: 07525235888