Badminton mourns for Bill Neill

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Bill Neill who died peacefully, aged 78, surrounded by his family on the morning of Saturday 5 May.

Bill was a colossus of badminton in Lanarkshire, known throughout the local area and throughout Scotland for his enthusiasm and passion for the sport.

During a lifetime of service Bill was Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the Lanarkshire Group, as well as manager of the Lanarkshire Senior team, coach to the LASBA junior squads, and a player for both Ayrshire and Lanarkshire in the West Leagues.

He was also active on the SSBU committee, and among his many other coaching roles he held numerous summer coaching courses at Inverclyde and Holy Cross High in Hamilton.

Away from the court, he spent much of his time re-stringing rackets, including during the 1997 World Championships in Glasgow.

In 2005 Bill was presented with the Derrick Roarty Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to badminton and in 2015, Hamilton Sports Council also recognised his achievements, presenting him with the SALSC Services to Sport Award.

Bill just loved badminton, and despite fighting MS for 30 years, through his coaching and other activities he inspired thousands of children and adults to enjoy the game along with him.

A memorial service will be heldĀ at 12.15pm on Tuesday 22 May at Hamilton Baptist Church, Kemp Street, Hamilton ML3 6QL (across the roadĀ from Hamilton Central train station). Tea will be served afterwards in the Church.