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U16 Kent Open Gold

Freya Hodgson won the girls singles event in the U16 Kent Open on Saturday 27th April, 2013.

Freya won her box with victories over Millie Limrick (Essex) and Neha Madhotra (Bucks).

In the semi-finals, Freya faced Buckinghamshire’s Kerry-Anne Leaney, the number one seed for the tournament. Freya played out a convincing 21-12, 21-16 win to earn a place in the final against Northamptonshire’s Evie Burbidge.

After comfortably winning the first game of the final 21-12, a much tighter second game followed, with Freya coming out as the eventual winner 24-22.

Joel Gayle Visit

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Joel Gayle (Essex) visited the Performance Centre on Monday 22nd April 2013 to work with our ‘Aspirational’ group.

Joel went on to play in the Berkshire Open on the following Sunday, where he won the singles and doubles events.

England Call-Ups

Lydia Powell has received her first England call-up for the U17 6 Nations Tournament in Papendal, Holland on 25th to 28th April 2013.

Zach Russ will be playing in Ireland for the England U15 team in the annual Quadrangular Home Nations match on 3rd to 5th May 2013.

Andy Wood Coaching Session


Andy Wood, former coach to Olympic Silver medalists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms, visited the centre on Monday 15th April to run a session with the new ‘Aspirational’ group and then gave a talk to 25 players and parents from the whole of the PC.

Andy took the ‘Aspirational’ group through an intense, on court, doubles training session for 90 minutes. The key areas that Andy worked on with the players was utilising the mid-court area by moving fast to the shuttle and then playing soft by using the fingers with a short swing to caress the shuttle into the spaces. Throughout the session Andy used two key phrases – ‘Big Eyes’ and ‘Hit with the Feet’ – he wanted the players to see the shuttle as early as possible and then to move as efficiently and quickly as they could to reach the shuttle. Andy was impressed by the players commitment and their skill levels. All of the players commented on the intensity of the session and the requirement to be fully concentrated at all times, but in addition, how much they learnt and how much fun they had had.

Dean wanted to mark the transition of him becoming the new Head Coach by reenforcing to the players and parents that PERFORMANCE was going to be the key word. Andy Wood was the perfect person to explain what it takes to perform at the highest levels. Andy gave an extremely interesting and stimulating multi-media presentation using his experiences of working with Gail, Nathan, Donna Kellog and Anthony Clark. Andy showed the audience what commitment levels are needed from players and their support networks in order to make it at the highest level – physical, technical, tactical, medical. He also emphasised that everyone is an individual and each player has to find what works for them.

HAPC would like to thank Andy for his time and for sharing his insights, experiences and skills.

Sussex Rising Stars

Congratulations to Evan Blake for winning both the Boys’ Individual and Boys’ Doubles U12 titles at the Sussex Rising stars on the weekend, and to Issy Craig for winning the Girls’ U10 Doubles title.

PC Tournament

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The inaugaural Performance Centre Team Challenge took place over two days at the Win Academy in High Wycombe on the 10th and 11th April 2013.

The Horsham Arun Team were Andrew Brownlie, Antony Barnett, Ben Markham, Emma Ford, Eva Craig, Freya Hodgson, Issy Noakes, Jude Blackman, Katie Grubb, Sam Phillips, Sam Wagland and Vicky Roberts.

In our first match against Win Academy, we lost 14-10.  We then eased to a comfortable 19-5 victory against Bournemouth Performance Centre.  Our last match of the day saw us play Oxfordshire Performance Centre and we came away with a comfortable 20-4 win.

The second day saw us play tournament favouraites Hildenborough Badminton Club.  The most games that they had lost in any of their previous matches was 5.  Our players performed very well, with many very close games.  The final score was a 16-8 win to Hildenborough.

When the matches were totalled up, Horsham Arun came third out of the five teams.

All our players put in a great performance, with a special mention going to Emma Ford who was unbeaten in all of her games.