Badminton News

Welcome to the Kingswinford School badminton webpage. Many children attending this school are now enjoying the incredible game of badminton.

It all started out with an after school club, run every Thursday, by Mr Simon Baggott. The response was amazing and over 75 children attended. So much interest was there that a waiting list developed and the after school badminton club went to two afternoons a week. Demand and interest was so high, in this after school club, that Mr Baggott forged links with one of the local badminton clubs. One in particular, Ashton Badminton Club, currently in Division 2 in the badminton league, was interested in helping. With a lot of dedicated people, Kingswinford Ashton Juniors were formed.

Click here to see just why our school is rated as one of the top performing schools in the Country for the sport of Badminton.

The Kingswinford School is not only proud to be associated with Badminton England but we are also an Accredited Badminton England Premier School


Anyone who is interested in playing Badminton, from beginners to advanced( both primary and secondary age groups ), please contact Mr Baggott at The Kingswinford School on either ( 01384 ) 296596 or 07984 501050.

Email :sbaggott@kingswinford.dudley.sch.uk

Their founders of this exciting new junior badminton club were Maureen and Doug South, both experienced badminton players in their own right. They also received help from another experienced player, Stephanie, who was in fact a parent of one of the junior members

Along with Mr Baggott, this group, in just over 2 years, has now gone on to become ranked as not only the top school in the Black Country and the Midlands but is also now officially ranked as one of the top 3 schools in England for badminton.

To ensure pupils from the school and the junior badminton club, are taught to the highest possible standards, Mr Baggott has in enlisted the help of top international world players and coaches such as :

  • Lorraine Cole - A former ex England player who is now England 's under 19s coach. At the height of her playing career she was ranked No. 10 in the world for ladies doubles and No. 12 for mixed doubles and was ranked No. 1 in Europe for a year in mixed and ladies doubles. Lorraine has also had the pleasure and experience of playing in all of the following countries :

    Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Iceland, Norway, Russia, America, Canada, Mauritius, Thailand, Malaysia

  • OBE Simon Archer - Twice European men’s doubles champion, he has also won six Commonwealth medals. including the mixed doubles gold in 1998. That year, he and Chris Hunt reached number 2 in the world rankings and Archer is also the current world record holder for the fastest smash at 162mph!

The junior club now has over 70 members meeting every Monday at the school between 5:30pm and 8:00pm and every Wednesday between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. The club is so popular that there is now a waiting list to join.

The Kingswinford Ashton Juniors now have 8 county players and other members have just attended a badminton trial and are currently waiting their results.

The club is also actively striving towards obtaining the Badminton Silver Club award. Once obtained, the club will become accredited, whereby it can offer even higher standards with regard to the playing programme, duty of care and child protection, sports equity, ethics, and club management.

Wyncroft Nursing Home in Kingswinford has also given the school support. The manager of Wyncroft, Wendy Avril, is very excited to know that the Kingswinford School is offering the chance to teach this sport to its children. She has donated medals along with a beautiful trophy. She continues to monitor the club's progress with interest.

The Kingswinford School also has excellent links with Badminton England’s regional development manager for Staffordshire and the Black Country , Rachel Bailey who has helped considerably in developing the club as she saw the potential the school had for developing young badminton players.

Badminton Succcess At Kingswinford

Sept 2004

After School Badminton Club was launched.

Jan 2005

Due to the high demand for badminton the after school club was increased to 2 afternoons a week.

Feb 2005

Mr Baggott forged links with local badminton clubs to assist in the coaching of pupils.

Aug 2005

Kingswinford Ashton Juniors club was officially formed.

June 2006

Student, Ben Owen, won the Worcestershire Schools Badminton Association's Under 15s Championships.

Oct 2006

Kingswinford Ashton Juniors was successful in achieving a grant, from the National Lottery, for the sum of �4, 990.

Nov 2006

Top international England coach Lorraine Cole was enrolled to develop the junior club.

Dec 2006

Student, James Hendy, won the boys’ doubles in the Worcestershire Schools Badminton Association's Under 15s Championships.

Dec 2006

The Kingswinford School was successful in becoming an official Badminton England Academy School and now prides itself on being an ambassador for the sport of badminton.

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Mr Baggott along with The Kingswinford School Chair of Governors Janice Daines are pictured presenting all pupils with their certificates as the school becomes officially recognised as a BADMINTON ENGLAND Academy School.

Jan 2007

3 Pupils of the school and junior club were representing the county in badminton.

March 2007

OBE Simon Archer, former Olympic Silver Medallist and also current World Record holder was approached by the school to give pupils even more top class international coaching.

March 2007

Mr Baggott takes pupils from The Kingswinford School on a VIP trip to the NIA in Birmingham where they have the great privilege of joining in a training session with the England Team including players such as England’s No.1 Rajiv Ouseph.
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 Pupils from The Kingswinford School are pictured playing against England Players at the same time whilst players from the New Zealand team were playing on the court next to them.

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Mr Baggott is pictured above with players from the England Team including England’s No.1 Singles Player Rajiv Ouseph along with pupils from The Kingswinford School that all have the aspiration and goal to hopefully one day play for England

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Kingswinford School Pupils are pictured taking on players from the England Team.

April 2007

Mr Baggott was awarded ‘ The Pathway Providers Award ‘ by Dudley for his commitment and dedication in the developing of after school clubs through to club links.

May 2007

The school competed against all the other Academy Schools in the country and came 3rd overall.

Nov 2007

The Kingswinford School went from strength to strength with over 8 pupils playing for the county at top level.

Jan 2008

Students, James Hendy and Jack Davies, won the boys’ doubles in the Worcestershire Schools Badminton Association's Under 17s Championships.

Jan 2008

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st. Key Stage 3 Boys came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st. Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

Feb 2008

Mr Baggott calls on the expertise of Worlds Former No.1 mixed & No.2 men’s double player  Simon Archer MBE to assist in coaching pupils from The Kingswinford School.

Pictured below : Simon Archer MBE with The Kingswinford School Sports Centre Manager / Professional Coach Mr Baggott, Maureen South and pupils from school badminton team.

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Pictured below : Simon Archer MBE delivering one of the many coaching sessions at The Kingswinford School.

Simon Archer 12th March 2007


Badminton Academy Photo Simon Archer 12th MArch 2007 Group

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Feb 2008

Black Country Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 2nd. Key Stage 3 Boys came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st. Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st .

National Schools Badminton Tournament Midlands Final  The Kingswinford School Team with Mr Baggott    Monday 7th April 2008 

March 2008

Midland Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Boys came 2nd. Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st .

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

April 2008

England Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 4 Girls came 7th in England.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 3rd in England.

Mr Baggott is pictured with Donna Kellogg, Englands No.1 Women’s Doubles & also Ranked No.4 in the World Women’s Doubles with The Kingswinford Schools team.

May 2008

Student, James Hendy, won the Birmingham Colmers Farm Tournament.

June 2008

The Kingswinford School became a host for County training with England Coach.

June 2008

 Mr Baggott is awarded, by the Borough of Dudley,  the prestigious top award for his ‘ Commitment To Out of Hours Learning in Secondary Schools ‘  and also an‘ Award for High Impact ‘ on sport within the Borough.

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Jan 2009

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st.

Key Stage 3 Boys came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 2nd.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

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Feb 2009

Black Country Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 2nd.

Key Stage 3 Boys came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

Feb 2009

Midland Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Boys came 4th.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 3rd.

Jan 2010

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st.

Key Stage 3 Boys came 2nd.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 2nd.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

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Feb 2010

Black Country Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

Feb 2010

Midland Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final

Key Stage 3 Girls came 4th.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 2nd.

Apr 2010

Junior Helpers Award- During the Easter school holiday period Mr Baggott tutored a Badminton Junior Helpers Award course for students here at the Kingswinford School.

The course was presented as a series of workshops involving topics such as * Team Work * Leadership * Managing a Session of Activity * Organizing * Managing and Planning an Event and was designed to present the early stages of leadership in a fun yet informative way.

Mr. Baggott is pictured below with all the students who successfully passed.

July 2010

Express & Star Scanned Badminton Finals Liz C Sept 2010

 

Oct 2010

Badminton Ace Amy tarted playing badminton at Ashton Junior Badminton Club based at The Kingswinford School in September 2007 as a 9 year old. In the summer of 2008 she was first selected to compete for the Worcestershire U13 squad and played in county matches during 2008/2009 often competing and winning against people who were 2/3 years older. During season 2009/2010 she also competed for Worcestershire County. Amy also reached the final of the Worcestershire U13 singles 2009 tournament and also won the U13 doubles 2009 tournament.

A double success was achieved in 2010 when she won both the U13 Girls Singles and Girls Doubles at the Worcestershire Championships, during this time Amy was also competing in National Tournaments. She was the No 1 ranked player in the Worcestershire County and was their only U13 girl to be nationally graded. Amy now competes for Staffordshire County and has recently (Oct 2010) played in the Nottinghamshire Bronze Tournament and reached the quarter final of the singles tournament and won the U13 Bronze Doubles at the same tournament. This is the first time she has won a national tournament and for this she received a Gold Medal. Amy has also captained the KS3 Kingswinford School Girls Badminton team. Amy is pictured displaying her Gold Medal and also her ever-growing collection of Shields, Trophies, Certificates etc.

Jan 2011- Worcestershire U13 Bronze Tournament

Our student played extremely well in this tournament, losing in the final of the singles 14 - 21, and 15- 21 in the doubles coming away with two silver medals.

She is now a higher ranked bronze player .To get to this level she has had to put in a lot of hard work and training. Training four times a week and getting all the help she can to advance to the next level, being a silver player. She was so surprised to get this far, it came as a pleasant shock; She was not expecting to walk away with two silver medals in one day.

Mr Baggott and all of the staff, here at The Kingswinford School, would like to congratulate her on her fantastic achievement.

Jan 2011

Derbyshire U13 Bronze - Amy won both the Singles and Doubles Tournaments and received Gold Medals for both of the victories. Amy has now been upgraded to Silver Player Status.

The Kingswinford School are extremely proud of what Amy has achieved to date and wish her all the very best in her continued success knowing that one day we could all see her playing for the England team.

Jan 2011

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st.

Key Stage 3 Boys came 2nd.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 2nd.

Feb 2011

Black Country Schools Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st.

Congratulations to our girls for coming first against all other schools within the Black Country.

The Kingswinford School has now been crowned as the most successful school, in the whole of the Black Country, for the sport of badminton.

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Mr Baggott with the KS3 & KS4 Girls teams at The Black Country Badminton Finals at the David Lloyd Health Club, Dudley.

July 2011

Both our girls teams performed magnificently at the Black Country School Games in Wolverhampton, all achieving gold medals and they beat off every other school within the Black Country.

Black Country Games Winners 2011

Oct 2011

Junior Helpers Award- During the October half term holiday period Mr Baggott tutored a Badminton Junior Helpers Award course for students here at the Kingswinford School.

The course was presented as a series of workshops involving topics such as * Team Work * Leadership * Managing a Session of Activity * Organizing * Managing and Planning an Event and was designed to present the early stages of leadership in a fun yet informative way.
Mr. Baggott is pictured below with all the students who successfully passed.

Feb 2012

Black Country School Games : KS3 Winners

The Kingswinford School students with Mr Baggott (Sports Centre Manager) and at the Black Country School Games receiving their Gold Medals from the Mayoress.

March 2012

Badminton England Midland Schools Championships

The Kingswinford School students are pictured celebrating their great success with Mr Smith ( Head of PE ) and Mr Baggott (Sports Centre Manager )

The Kingswinford School students with Mr Baggott (Sports Centre Manager )  at the Midlands Championships with their Silver medals in Birmingham.

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The Kingswinford School KS3 Boys, are pictured above acting as professional sportsmen, at the end of one of their competitive games at the Black Country Championships.

June 2012

Staffordshire Championships

Congratulations to Amy Steventon who competed in the Staffordshire Championships.

U15 Singles Runner up, Doubles Winner
U17 Singles Winner, Doubles Winner

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Unipart Championships in Birmingham

Congratulations to Joe Gadd who successfully not only trialled for the Worcestershire County Badminton Squad but he also celebrated becoming runner up in the Boys under 16s ~ Unipart Championships in Birmingham. Mr Baggott and all the staff at The Kingswinford School are extremely proud of Joe’s achievement and he is a great credit to the school.

January 2013

Mr Baggott proudly enters the Kingswinford School After School Sports Club into the ‘ Change 4 Life Virtual League ‘ in association with the Youth Sport Trust and Badminton England. Click here for more information.

February 2013

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 2nd.

Key Stage 3 Boys came 3rd.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

Black Country Schools Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st.

Congratulations to both our KS4 Girls and Boys teams for coming first against all other schools within the Black Country.

The Kingswinford School still remain ranked as the most successful school, in the whole of the Black Country, for the sport of badminton.

Midland Schools Badminton Championships

Key Stage 4 Boys came 4th.

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st.

Congratulations to both our KS4 Girls and Boys teams who all performed magnificent at the Midland Championships.

The Key Stage 4 Girls team are very proud to not only be the highest ranked school team in the West Midlands but also ranked as one of the top 9 schools in England!

Pictured above are the KS4 Boys and also the KS4 Girls teams with their gold medals with Mr Baggott & Miss Edgington.

April 2013

England Schools Badminton Finals: Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.

The KS4 Girls team represented the West Midlands in the England Finals on the 21st April, 2013 and are now ranked within the top 9 schools in England!

All students, staff and parents of The Kingswinford School are extremely proud of the fantastic success all the badminton teams have achieved to date.

Students from The Kingswinford School were recognised at the annual Dudley Schools Sports awards evening which took place on Tuesday 10th December, 2013

Students from the school badminton team who successfully made it through to the England finals this year won awards for their sporting excellence.

Students from the school badminton team who successfully made it through to the England finals this year won awards for their sporting excellence.

Two other former students, Charlotte Morgan and Isabel Cross, were also given awards for their contribution to sport through volunteering, leadership and coaching who are now both studying at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge.

Students from the school badminton team who successfully made it through to the England finals this year won awards for their sporting excellence.

The awards were officially presented to the students by:

Hugh Porter MBE - Individual Pursuit World Champion

Anita Lonsbrough MBE - Olympic Champion 200m Breastroke

Pictured above are The Kingswinford School students receiving their awards with Mr Baggott, Hugh Porter MBE and Anita Lonsbrough MBE

January 2014

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Final:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 3 Boys came 1st

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st

February 2014

Black Country Schools Badminton Tournament Final

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 3 Boys came 2nd

Key Stage 4 Boys came 3rd

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st

Welsh Junior Shuttle Tournament, Bridgend, South Wales:

Congratulations to Kingswinford School pupil Rhys Badger. Winner U13 Boys Singles – Welsh Junior Shuttle Tournament, Bridgend, South Wales. Six matches played, six wins!

February 2014

Worcestershire Under 13s Badminton Championships

Congratulations to Kingswinford School pupils Rhys Badger and James Dale who competed in the Worcestershire Badminton Championships on the 27th April, 2014. Rhys Badger won all four of his matches to get to the Under 13 singles final against Matthew Robinson who is also Rhys’s double partner. The final was particularly close with Mathew eventually winning the close fought contest against Rhys 25 – 23. In the doubles tournament both Rhys and Matthew won every match being rewarded with Gold medals for their victory. James Dale also performed magnificently on the day and fought off tough competition in both in his singles and doubles games achieving two silver medals both of which were played against his fellow colleague Rhys. Pupils Rhys and James proudly displaying their medals with Mr Baggott.

January 2015

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Heats:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 3 Boys came 1st

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st

January 2015

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Finals:

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 3 Boys came 1st

Key Stage 4 Girls came 2nd

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st


February 2015

All of the below named pupils played magnificently when they attended the Black Country Schools Badminton Championships which took place at The Wolverhampton University on Thursday 5th February, 2015.

The standard of play on the day was not only extremely high but was also extremely competitive with all members of our school badminton team playing to their very best ability.

Newsflash………

For the 8th year running, our school is now officially ranked as the most successful achieving school in not only Dudley but for the whole of the Black Country in badminton!

Being ranked as the most successful school in the Black Country is an achievement that all of us here, at The Kingswinford School, should be really proud of and to have such high calibre of students attending our school is certainly a great honour. Our KS3 Boys will now go through to represent the Black Country in the Midlands Schools finals.

January 2016

Dudley Schools’ Badminton Tournament Finals : Hosted at The Kingswinford School

Key Stage 3 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 3 Boys came 3rd

Key Stage 4 Girls came 1st

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st


February 2016

Black Country Schools Badminton Tournament Final

Key Stage 3 Girls came 2nd

Key Stage 4 Girls came 2nd

Key Stage 4 Boys came 1st


February 2016

Midlands Badminton Finals

Key Stage 4 Boys came 4th

The Kingswinford School smash their way to the top and celebrate 10 Years of success and still unbeaten!

Students from The Kingswinford School Badminton Team have taken the Borough of Dudley by storm, are smashing their shuttles high as they celebrate being the only school in the Borough to win gold medals in both the KS3 and KS4 categories.

This high flying Dudley school are also raising their rackets high celebrating being the only school ever in getting their students to proudly represent the District not just once but for 10 consecutive years in a row!

The National Schools Championships are our largest youth badminton initiative, attracting entry from over 6,400 School Badminton teams, featuring over 35,000 players each year.


January 2017

Dudley Badminton Finals ~ Results

Mr Baggott and the PE Department would like to congratulate all students who competed and represented our school at the Dudley Badminton finals which was hosted here at the Kingswinford School.

For our school to get silver in 3 separate categories being marginally beaten by Hagley and Old Swinford Hospital is a magnificent achievement in itself. Our KS4 Boys team gained gold and beat off all other schools within the District.

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