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Primary School Badminton A Success

Children got a taste of badminton on Thursday 19th November, as 18 schools took part in the latest event in the Sure Sports Primary School Programme.

More than 240 pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 competed in the badminton festival hosted by Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) at the NSC, Douglas.

In preparation for the event, schools ran after-school clubs or sent pupils to MSR practice sessions, held at secondary schools and delivered by club coaches and qualified badminton leaders.

The winners were Ballacottier Buzzards, from Ballacottier Primary School, with the school’s separate girls’ and boys’ teams also winning those competitions.

‘This was a fantastic display from the children, most of whom who have not played the game before,’ said Kerry Quayle, Badminton Development Officer.

‘We have given the children information about how they can stay involved in badminton and join a community club if they wish to.’

Kerry said the event could not have gone ahead without the assistance of young coaches who trained on the Sure Sports Leaders’ Programme and the Community Club Coaches.

Badminton is one of six sports in the Sure Primary programme, which runs throughout the school year and encourages thousands of primary pupils to get active.

Ballacottier Buzzards


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