Wednesday, 11 December 2013
The best of the country’s Masters badminton players competed in the Masters National Championships at the University of Worcester Arena last weekend.
The National Championships are the showpiece event of Badminton England’s Masters circuit, which sees players aged between 35 and 70 compete in age-specific categories. England is the leading nation in Masters badminton, and picked up nine titles at the recent World Senior Championships.
Along with a national title, the weekend’s winners also secured automatic selection for the next European Senior Championships, and Badminton England’s Competition Manager, Mark Downie, believes that the University Arena proved a fitting venue for the National Championships.
“The venue and staff at the University of Worcester Arena were excellent,” he says. “The event looked great in a modern venue and the facilities straight off the courts were excellent – the built-in PA and speaker system was the clearest I have heard in any venue.”
Over 250 players competed during the three-day event, and University Arena Project Co-ordinator, April White, is delighted that the venue – built to cater for able-bodied and disabled athletes – is continuing to build a reputation as an outstanding sporting arena.
“Since the University Arena opened earlier this year, we have hosted a huge variety of sporting events,” she explains. “We’ve seen top class basketball and international netball amongst others, and hosting Badminton England’s Masters National Championships shows again how versatile the venue is.
“It is wonderful to see so many athletes and National Governing Bodies of Sport recognising the University of Worcester Arena as a world class sporting facility.”