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National Schools’ U14 Badminton Championships : 7th best School in the country

The U14 badminton were in MIlton Keynes yesterday at the National Schools’ U14 Championships. They had a tough morning and in the afternoon were playing for 7th – 9th place.

They won both of their matches and so are the 7th best U14 badminton team in England.

The students are: Priya, Hania, Raavi, Maariyahand Lavanya.

They had a great day and it was great experience for the girls, 4 of which were home grown players and had never played in anything like this before.

The U14 team with Aisling Reid who was at the championships as a young official. Aisling had been selected for this prior to the tournament.

The opening ceremony

Chatting with Anthony Clark who is an ex- England badminton player.

Aisling having a knock with Anthony Clark

Some action shots at the tournament


The U16 and U14 North West Regional round of the National Schools’ competition was held today at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

Both teams had qualified for this competition as Greater Manchester winners in a previous tournament.

U16 team played 3 matches. They beat Newman Catholic School 5-0 and beat Queens’ School, Chester 5-0. They went into their final match against Kirby Grammar School,knowing that if the won they would qualify for National Finals, but it wasn’t to be!!! After the first round of matches we were winning 2-1. We needed to win one of the two remaining matches to win. Both games were exceptionally close. We lost both games 15-14!!! It could not have been any tighter. Unfortunately this loss meant we had not qualified for the National Finals. The girls were devastated as they were so close to success. They had done really well, though, as 2 year ago, playing the same opposition hey had finished 3rd.

The U16 team with their silver medals

The U14 team were also playing at the same venue. They played 4 their first 3 matches they beat St Bede’s School, from Lancashire 5-0 : beat Greenbank School, Merseyside 4-1 and beat Queen’s School, Chester 4-1.

The team went into their final game against Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria knowing that if they won the match they would qualify for the National Finals, in May, at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

The won the game 5-0 so had made it!!!!

Congratulations girls, you won the tournament, won a gold medal and qualified for National Finals – how good is that?

The girls waiting for their medals
Priya, Hania, Raavi, Maariyah and Lavanya with their gold medals together with the North West Regional development officer and Emily who organised the tournament.


The badminton teams played their second match of the season against Alderley Edge School for Girls. For the year 7 team it was their first match.

The combined year 10 and 11 team won 17 games to 7

The year 9 team won 31 games to 3

The year 8 team won by 12 games to 4

The year 7 team won by 14 games to 12

Well done to everyone who played.

The year 7 team
The year 9’s shaking hands after a game
Year 7 in action
Year 10’s waiting to play
Neave and Emma organising the year 8 match. Thanks girls
More year 7’s in action
The year 8 courts


Congratulations to the U16 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams for their performance in the Greater Manchester round of the National Schools’ Badminton competition which was held at the Amaechi Centre which is part of Whalley Range High School.

Both teams won their sections and then their quarter and semi-final matches against schools from all over Greater Manchester.

They then met in the final which the ‘A’ team won 5-0.

It is an amazing achievement to have two teams in the final, such is the strength and depth at this age group at school at the moment.

The girls have received a certificate and a gold or silver medal.

The ‘A’ team now go onto represent Greater Manchester in the North West semi-final. They will be trying to win that competition to reach the National Finals again. Good luck girls.

Mrs finch would like to thank Mr Garrod and Mr Weaver for their continued support. They give up their time on a Monday to help coach the team players and they both supported the teams at this tournament. Thank you.

‘B’ team receiving their silver medals
‘B’ team : silver medalists : Ella, Olivia, Sophie, Annabelle and Sanah
Receiving their winners medals
The victorious ‘A’ team : Natasha, Georgia, Aisling and Sumatra


The U14 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams had qualified for the Greater Manchester county final as winners and runners-up, respectively, of the Trafford Schools’ round.

Both teams were initially in sections of four. The ‘B’ team won two games but lost one 3-2. This placed them runners-up in their section, which unfortunately did not qualify for the semi final. They were the only ‘B’ team in the competition and played some excellent badminton.

The ‘A’ team won all their section matches 5-0, their semi final 5-0 Kingsway School and then the final against Holy Family College 5-0. Winning the competition now qualifies them for the North West Regional Final.

Well done to all who played for such good results.


The badminton club had it’s last practice before Christmas on Monday. Fun and games were had by all, some of the girls dressing with a Christmassy theme.

The next practice is on Monday 9th January : 4pm – 5pm : team players, 6th formers and year 11.

Spot the Christmas hat???

From 5pm – 6pm : team players, year 9 and year 7.

Spot Rudolf? There is someone with a red nose in the photo.


Congratulations to the U16 and U14 teams for their performance in the first round of the National schools’ competition.

The U16 teams played in. Round robin competition : the ‘A’ team winning all of their matches 5-0 and the ‘B’ only losing out to our ‘A’ team 5-0.

The U14 teams played in two sections of three. Both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams won their two matches, qualifying for the semi finals. Both teams won this match too so met each other in the final, the ‘A’ team winning by 5 games to 0.

Both teams in each age group have now qualified for the county finals in January (U14 on 18th and U16 on 25th) as winners and runners up of the Trafford competition. Such is the strength and depth of badminton at ‘Alti’ Girls.

Well done to everyone who played.

U16 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams


U14 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams


The badminton teams played a friendly match against Alderley Edge School for Girls instead of our normal Monday practice. We don’t play many matches as we only have the one practice a week and it more of a social club. However, the girls did very well. They played some doubles and some singles matches and the results were as follows.

The year 8 team drew 6-6

The year 9 team won 8-2.

The year 10 and 11 team won 12-6.

Well done girls. Some of our girls play on the National Schools’ team so it is nice to see some other members of the school club playing competitive badminton.


U16 squad
U14 squad

Congratulations to the U16 and U14 badminton teams for their success in the Trafford round of this National competition.We had entered an ‘A’ and a ‘B’team in each age group.

In the U16 competition the ‘A’ team won all their matches and the ‘B’ only lost to the ‘A’ team. This means we finished winners and runners up so both qualify for the county final in January.

In the U14 competition both teams won their respective sections and played each other’s in the final. the ‘A’ team came out winners but again both teams have qualified for the county final in January.

Well done girls. This shows what strength in depth we have at ‘Alti’ Girls.

Thanks must go to Mr Garrod and Mr Weaver who came to the competition and who have been coaching the girls at Monday night practices.

Well done to everyone for such an excellent achievement.