Eagles take part in new triangular tournament

posted 8 May 2012, 12:05 by Mike Hall   [ updated 4 Dec 2012, 09:47 ]
Huddersfield Eagles junior badminton club recently  took part in a triangular tournament with teams from Calderdale and Bradford.  The event, which will now take place each year was held at The Ridings sports centre in Halifax.

The evening was a great success with 24 players of all ages taking part, with half the  players taking part coached at the Eagles. Each team fielded 4 boys and 4 girls, so plenty of doubles action, with the final set of games being mixed doubles. Each game was best of three ends, with many of them going to three,  and were very close. At the end of the evening Calderdale came out on top, with the Huddersfield Eagles coming second.

The Huddersfield League had kindly donated The Ian Broadbent Memorial trophy for the event which had been used for junior events a number of years ago.  Ian was one of three founder members of youth badminton and his commitment and experience of the game was a great help in forming the youth badminton teams. As a selector and coach he became their manager. These teams later represented Kirklees in the Yorkshire School  Badminton events.

After Ian passed away Ian, Graham Howe along with his wife Linda continued to develop youth badminton in Kirklees. The Huddersfield Eagles was setup to carry on giving youngsters the opportunity to play badminton when Graham and Linda retired.

Mike Hall, the Eagles Chairman and coach commented

'The quality of badminton was excellent, all the players deserve a lot of credit.
We're very grateful that the League have donated this trophy. I recently spoke with  Graham Howe who encouraged me to take my badges. Graham was delighted that the Eagles were taking part, and the trophy was being used to honour  Ian's  name'

The Huddersfield Eagles play on Sunday mornings at Newsome Sports College. For more information visit www.huddersfieldeagles.co.uk