Representing Guernsey

The Island has regular representation in the English county league, currently with one team but with potential to include further teams in the future as numbers allow.

In addition the GBA is keen to support players who look to represent the island at Commonwealth Games level. In 2014 Guernsey was well represented by a team of four: Elena Johnson, Gayle Lloyd, Danny Penney and Stuart Hardy.

Guernsey always sends a team to the Island Games, where we have a good history of strong results, with Guernsey winning the team competition in 2017 along with strong individual performances. Selection for the Island Games is open to all however, there are a set of criteria to meet including representing the island, commitment to the county team and participation in the local leagues. The next Island Games takes place in 2019 and Guernsey is hosting the event in 2021

In addition to these tournaments, Guernsey has a strong rivalry with Jersey, with inter-island competitions held annually at junior, senior and veteran level.

Please view our GBA Calendar 2018-19 for all the training dates and tournament dates for our island teams.

County

The Guernsey Badminton Association enters teams into the English county leagues every year. This year, due to a decline in numbers interested in attending county training, Guernsey has one team in the county championships, in division 3. The potential for a second team will be reassessed before the new season, with the possibility for a development team to enter the bottom tier of the league.

County training is on an invitational basis, but all players in the top club leagues will likely be invited along with the top juniors. Anyone wishing to play in the county team needs to regularly attend sessions, where training focuses on all aspects from footwork to shots, fitness to games practice. Players will be selected based on performance and commitment to the island training.

Inter Island

Guernsey seniors play two inter insulars against Jersey a year, a first team and a second team match. The first team match is called the Gilson and it is for the islands top players to challenge themselves against the best that Jersey has to offer. Participation in the Gilson prohibits participation in the second team match, the RSL, for a season. The games between the islands are traditionally very close, so it is a great opportunity for island players to get good competitive games against players they don’t compete with regularly.

Guernsey veterans also play annually against Jersey and this year they also played against a welsh team who travelled over for a weekend of badminton and social fun. The game was a great success and it is hoped that other similar matches will take place in the future.

The junior inter insular is known as the Leadbeater Shield and is also contested annually. This is divided into age groups but they vary based on how many juniors are available from each island.

Selection for the inter insulars is separate to the county selection, with trials held in advance of the competition. As such attendance at county training is not a compulsory part of selection for inter insulars.