Welcome to the East Sussex Junior Badminton Association________________________________Details for Tournaments are now on the Tournaments page.Please see the running order for the
13th East Sussex Junior Restricted Badminton Championships - Sunday 12th March 2017
on the Tournaments page
________________________________East Sussex Olympic player Heather Olver retires
Whirlwind success-or is it woodwind? Leah blowing her own…..flute.
U15 Squad player, Leah Hallinon shows even more skills by achieving first place in the U16 at the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival.
Not only a determined player and personally showing a strong resolve after coming back from a serious ankle operation last season, terrific news has been received that Leah Hallinon achieved first place in the U16 Woodwind and Brass Solo category at the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival. This is the second consecutive year that Leah has won this cup. The standard of competition this year was especially high, there were 6 other flautists in her category and other instrumentalists including an oboist. Leah was the 5th person to perform and one of the competitors who played just before Leah, had already passed her grade 8 ABRSM flute exam and is currently studying the flute at the Royal Academy of Music JR department. An adjudicator awarded Leah a total of 87 marks – Distinction – which won her first place.
Leah came first at Brighton and Hove competition with honours, and having been awarded many scholarships for her flute study, is soon to be performing at the Royal Albert Hall and the BBC studio in London with the BBC Orchestra. She was recently offered a place to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London from this September. This sadly means that Leah will no longer be abler to train and play for ESJBA next season, so we wish her well and if she ever gets tired of all that blowing, she can join us for a session and hit a few shuttles.------------------------------------------------------
Congratulations to U17 squad player Rosabel Oliver for recently gaining her UK Level 1 Coach qualification. Rosa has been squad player with us for several seasons and has assisted coaches over the seasons outside of the Squad sessions and has decided to further her career in badminton by becoming a coach. Rosa already assists at her school and we look forward to adding her to our roster of support coaches and hopefully see her putting her new skills into practise with our players next season. Picture shows Rosa at the recent match with Roedean.
The 11th East Sussex Junior Restricted Badminton Championships
Results and photos now on the Tournaments page.____________________
U17 squad and County player, Jessica Newberry with her partner Kiers Dennis-Nelson (Essex)
winning the bronze medal at the Badminton England Bronze Tournament at
Redbridge over the weekend, narrowly missing out on a place in the final.
ESJBA is a non-profit making organisation, run and organised by a management committee comprising of volunteers. We are affiliated to Badminton England and all our coaches are licensed with Badminton England. ESJBA incorporate the Districts and Boroughs of Wealden, Lewes, Hastings, Eastbourne, Rother, and Brighton. (Further details below.)
Player of the year 2013/14 Casey Coats with squad coach Tony Willmott
________________________________ESJBA - 10th ANNIVERSARYOn Sunday 21st July, ESJBA celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a summer BBQ. Among the guests were former and current committee members, a former U17 squad player and England International, Heather Olver. The Association started in 2003 and has seen 20 Committee members in that time, 13 coaches, 6 Parent/ rep/Committee, 1 match secretary, 1 Publicity Officer’, 2 Treasurers, 3 Chairmen, 2 Vice Chairmen and 3 Secretary’s (position still vacant) offers anyone?This was a joint celebration as Bruce Peapel, founding member had recently announced his retirement from the Committee. Bruce had served on the committee for three seasons as Chairman and continued either as Squad Coach or support coach. Bruce’s prodigies had included local girl, Heather Olver, and had coached her from the early age of seven. Through her years of climbing the ladder to her current status, Heather has always kept in close touch with her mentor, Bruce. William Brown, Chairman and only other founding member, on behalf of the Committee, read from an extract of one of Bruce’s early hand written ‘Chairman’s reports and presented him with a voucher for ballet tickets, another of Bruce’s passions. Bruce continues to coach at local primary schools and provides many of our very young players.
ESJBA - AIMS
ESJBA is a non-profit making organisation, run and organised by a management committee comprising of volunteers. We are affiliated to Badminton England. ESJBA incorporate the Districts and Boroughs of Wealden, Lewes, Hastings, Eastbourne, Rother, and Brighton.
ESJBA was the first ‘development’ group in the County and is now one of the largest in Sussex, providing a safe and professional environment for players that fall just below County acceptance. Each year many of our players go on to achieve the next step as a County player and some decide to continue their training with both ourselves and the Sussex county Juniors. ESJBA work closely with Sussex Junior Badminton and some of our coaches either work with or have worked with SCJB in the past.
ESJBA respond annually, both pro-actively and re-actively by meeting the fluctuating demands such as, numbers, ages and locations of young players within East Sussex.
The object of the Association is to encourage the development of badminton in East Sussex, and managing of its Squads. We also aim to support progression in badminton and ultimately this often means a player improving sufficiently to be selected for the Sussex County squads. Each year many of our players go on to achieve this next step and some decide to continue training with both ourselves and Sussex. The only difference with these more advanced players is that they will not be eligible for our Annual Championships and will be second choice for friendly team selection. We feel it is the onus of SCJB to provide sufficient stimuli for these players. We are there to provide the additional training with professional coaching for those players that require more experience and knowledge of the sport to pursue their ambitions.