Badminton Team Takes Fourth Place

Badminton Team Takes Fourth Place

Tameside College and Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form College take fourth place at the British Colleges Sport Badminton Plate.

Eight talented students from Hyde Clarendon and Tameside College were brought together by their love of badminton. The team was formed at the start of the academic year and has since become a strong and reliable team. The sports staff at Hyde Clarendon and Student Activity Leader, Luke Podmore saw the potential in these students to achieve success in badminton. 

At the start of the year, the students expressed their desire to be involved with the Badminton team and that they all wanted to compete in the British Colleges Sports Badminton Plate.
The British Colleges Sport Badminton Plate is a competition for colleges around Britain to compete in badminton tournaments to receive the title of British Colleges Sports Badminton Champions.

The College Badminton team was made up of students, Georgina Davies, Charlotte Jones, Chloe Havern, Natasha Law, Niall Pickles, Adam Auty, Jack Donnelly and Daniel Hall.
Early on Monday 29th April, the team along with student activity leader, Luke Podmore and Sports Lecturer, Matt Mason-Smith set off on a 3 hour journey to Kettering where the National British Colleges Sport Badminton finals where being held.

After the 3 hour journey the students were raring to go. Their first game was against a London College which was Leyton Sixth Form, it was a very close encounter in the first few games but the score finished 7-3 to Leyton, however it could have easily finished 5-5 as the last 2 games were mightily close. With only a short break the team was ready to compete again against another college from Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, the score from this game was 8-2 to Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College.

The finals lasted the full day with one of our students, Georgina Davies competing throughout the whole day. After hard work and dedication the Tameside College and Hyde Clarendon Students came away with fourth place out of a staggering 32 Colleges that competed, which is such a momentous achievement for the college and all the students involved. For them to excel at what you would consider a less mainstream sport makes it even more significant.

This rounds off a really good year for the sports teams and demonstrates that the college is pushing to compete in various sports.

The college congratulates the badminton team on getting fourth place and extends thanks in particular to the sports staff at Hyde Clarendon for their contributions throughout the competition.