Following today’s briefing from the States of Guernsey, the Badminton Halls will re-open on Monday 22nd March at 09:00hrs.
Although we have now entered Phase 2 of lockdown, we are unable to open the badminton halls just yet. Please bear with us, we hope to be back soon.
Due to the recent government restrictions announced today, the Badminton halls will be closed immediately until further notice. All badminton activities including the handicap tournament are suspended.
I am pleased to confirm that in line with States of Guernsey guidelines and Phase 5 release from lock down protocols, ALL badminton at our halls can resume from 09:00hrs Saturday 20th June. There will no longer be any restrictions or social distancing requirements, although please remember to respect an individuals personal rights as necessary. All facilities at the halls will once again be open.
Junior squad sessions will also resume, details have already been sent to Juniors. All junior players can now play with senior clubs.
I would like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support during these challenging times.
Further to my previous post, again, many of you will have seen the media briefing on Friday 29th providing more details on the protocols to adopt as we move into phase 4 of the release from lock down.
I can now confirm that we will be able to restart badminton at our halls with effect from Monday 1st June.
There remain certain strict limitations though and more detailed guidelines will follow shortly for those able and looking to play.
Headlines for now are as follows…
Only organised sessions for adults (over 18’s) will be allowed. These include one to one training and coaching, Summer club and island games squad training sessions. If any other organised clubs wish to book committed slots then these will also be allowed.
There will be restricted numbers allowed in the halls. Players and coach numbers in attendance will be limited to a maximum of 30 individuals: each person must sign in at the door and provide contact information.
Social distancing of 1 metre in line with a ‘controlled environment’ will still be necessary. Bar/Canteen area and Changing rooms will be out of bounds and sealed off but toilets will be available.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer junior group sessions at this time as the SoG guidelines prevent indoor activities for mixed age and/or children from differing schools. In fact, juniors are also currently not allowed to play in the senior sessions we can run.
As an alternative for our junior members we will be looking to provide one to one coaching sessions as a way to get back into playing..more on this will be provided shortly.
We also cannot yet accommodate ad hoc players turning up to feed the meter and play – only pre booked organised club or squad sessions are allowed.
Coaches and club organisers can now consult with Mandi Rutter (firstname.lastname@example.org) to plan and book sessions and aim to advise your players accordingly.
There are likely to be a number of questions forthcoming with this announcement and I will do my best to respond.
Many of you will have watched today’s States briefing confirming that in principle, Guernsey will be moving to Phase 4 from 30th May.
This move will allow sports facilities to resume operations and so this does open up the prospect of the halls being reopened for play.
As they say, ‘the devil is in the detail’ and we are aware that there will be certain continued restrictions, possibly to numbers allowed, and certainly some continued social distancing and hygiene guidelines to observe.
Rest assured that we have already been planning, and remain on the case to plan for, the return of badminton.
More information about the allowed extent of this and a likely definitive timeline and guidance to play document will be forthcoming in the next few days as and when we learn more about the States own guidelines.
Island Games 2021
Guernsey Badminton are extremely pleased to announce that Elena Johnson has been offered, and has accepted the role of player manager of the Guernsey Badminton island games team for the 2021 games, to be held locally.
Elena will have a broad role in squad and team selection and pre games preparation and will be supported by a number of others.
We would like to offer her the very best in this role and her team, every success in the games.
Guernsey Badminton Association
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS FROM 09:00HRS 23RD MARCH THE BADMINTON HALLS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE SWIPE CARD MACHINE HAS BEEN DISABLED
23RD MARCH, 2020
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED ON
THE ADVICE OF BADMINTON ENGLAND DUE TO THE ONGOING
PANDEMIC CORONA VIRUS.
My name is Paulo Pinheiro and since the beginning of this month, I’ve been the new Development Officer in the Guernsey Badminton Association. Some of you I already had the pleasure of meeting with, others I hope to meet in the near future but for all, I want to work with the best of my abilities to do what my job description says and develop further Badminton here in Guernsey. Me and my wife Vanessa are happily getting used to Guernsey and loving it, not just the beautiful island that it is, but also all the people that we have met that have been amazing. This feeling makes me want to give even more of myself to this project which I find fascinating.
To reach the GBA’s goals and to grow the organisation, I ask for the cooperation of everybody. If you have an idea, a plan or something that you think will help the present and the future of Badminton in Guernsey, you are always welcome to come to me and chat about it. I have an open door policy, if you see me at the Badminton Halls and I’m not coaching or having a meeting, please feel free to sit down and speak to me.
To clarify a bit of my resume, I’ve been constantly coaching badminton since 2011, first in Portugal through to the end of 2016 and then from January 2017 to October 2019 in the Faroe Islands. In all these years, I’ve coached people from 4 years old until people much older than myself. I’ve trained able body persons and persons with mental and motor disabilities.
I haven’t been just a coach though. I’ve been a tutor too of various courses in Portugal and Faroe Islands and I’ve been a school teacher in PE. As a coach, my athletes have won lots of championships, including a bronze medal this year for a 14 year old male in the Special Olympics in unified mens doubles events and putting a 14 year old female wheelchair athlete this year into the Para-Badminton World Championships. Having started to play badminton only 2 years ago she is now number 20 in the world rankings in singles. These titles didn’t come from a vision that only winning matters. It comes from my own pathway where I use badminton as a learning experience for my players. Tournament results are not that important and in trying to take that pressure off the athletes, they perform better and improved results follow. I want to be remembered by my athletes in the future, not as the coach with whom they won the biggest trophies, but as the coach that helped them to grow as a person.
Go to League Standings Page for final results.
Results include points awarded for uncompleted games.
Latest results on league standings page.
2019 Gibraltar Island Games
The 2019 Island Games will be held in Gibraltar from Saturday 6th July to 12th July .
The selection of the Island Games badminton team falls under the remit of the GBA County and Island Games Committee (the “CIGC”) and with the Island Games 13 months away, the CIGC has recently met to start preparations.
With regards to the team, as you should already be aware the Island Games Badminton Team consists of a maximum of 5 ladies and 5 men and the tournament itself consists of:
- Men Singles – Maximum of four competitors per island;
- Ladies Singles – Maximum of four competitors per island;
- Mens Doubles – Maximum of two pairing (four competitors) per island;
- Ladies Doubles – Maximum of two pairings (four competitors) per island;
- Mixed Doubles – Maximum of four pairings (eight competitors) per island.
And the GBA have always agreed that we would send the maximum number of competitors as allowed. As it currently stands this is still the case and we are looking to send a full contingent to the 2019 Island Games.
However, we would also like to clarify that this is not always guaranteed. If for any reason the selectors do not feel that players are of a suitable standard to represent Guernsey at the Island Games they may decide not to send the maximum number of competitors allowed, or may opt to send juniors to obtain games experience with a view to building for the future.
It is also the intention, at this time, that trials will not be held and the team will be selected based on an individual’s performance during the forthcoming season however, if it is felt that trials are required for all or some individuals then these will be arranged with prior notice being given to said individuals. With this in mind Players who wish to be selected must therefore comply with the following criteria and:-
Play in the one or more of Singles, Doubles or Mixed in the Guernsey League in 2018/2019 season
Represent Guernsey at County level or another County in the County Leagues
Represent Guernsey at either RSL, Gilson or Vets
Enter and Compete in all local Competitions – ie Guernsey Closed, Handicaps, Guernsey Open and any other GBA tournaments that may arise from time to time
It is in anticipated that from those individuals who complete an Intent to Compete Form that an Island Games Squad will be chosen. The squad should consist of a minimum of 6 male and 6 female and a maximum of 10 male and 10 female players, although this is only a guideline.
The naming of the final team (including at least 1 male and 1 female reserve), as dictated by the Guernsey Island Games Association (“GIGA”) no later than 31st Jan 2019
The total cost for the 2019 Island Games has not yet been finalized, we will advise once we have been given this.
The CIGC have already had to pay one instalment to GIGA towards the costs of the Guernsey badminton team with the second instalment being due shortly. Therefore, as we have done in previous years, we will be asking that any player who wishes to be considered for selection for the 2019 Island Games, pay a deposit toward travel expenses. This year we will be asking for an initial instalment of £250 payable with your Intent to compete form.
If you would like to be considered for selection for the 2019 Island Games, please arrange to complete and return the enclosed INTENT TO COMPETE FORM to Jane Le Tissier together with a cheque for £250 payable to the GBA County and Island Games Fund or alternatively please make an electronic transfer to account details on the Intent to Compete Form.
- If a completed Intent to Compete Form is not submitted by 01 Sept 2018 it will be taken that you do not wish to be considered for the 2019 Gibraltar Island Games;
- If an Intent to Compete Form is received without payment of £250 your form will not be accepted.
Intent to Compete Forms may be submitted after the 01 Sept 2018 closure date, however there is no guarantee that they will be accepted. This decision will be made by the CIGC.
Further details on arrangements, travel dates, costs, training and general Island Games Information will be made available as and when it becomes known.
The Guernsey Badminton Association
County and Island Games Committee
2021 – Island games – The GBA needs you
The GBA are looking for volunteers to sit on a Sub-committee to help organise the badminton for the 2021 home Island Games.
There is a lot to organise behind the scenes – all help will be gratefully received no matter how small.
So if you would like to be involved in the fantastic event or require any further information then please email Dreamy@cwgsy.net by 30th May.
The Guernsey Junior Open accepts entries from players locally and across the UK. There are under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 19 age groups available to enter.