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South Kesteven CBN meeting update

posted 23 May 2013, 04:41 by Bret Allibone
I attended the South Kesteven CBN (Community Badminton Network) yesterday with Chris Graves (chair), Rod Tyler (treasurer), Vince Brittain (Inspire+), Phil Jordon (SKDC) and Will Wallace (BADMINTON England).

The headlines were:

 - BADMINTON England are focussing on getting twenty more 16+ year-olds playing badminton weekly but do still support other programmes and have a coaching bursary which can be accessed by application.  They also have a target from Sport England to start 250 satellite clubs and have funding to support this

 - Inspire+ are excited about Sport Premium which is ring-fenced government funding going into primary schools as this replaces the previously axed post Olympic funding.  They will continue to work with the schools to provide more access to sport but are expecting the funding to dry up after two years

 - SBC and Inspire+ will look into putting together a Sportivate funded six week programme for 11-25 year-olds next season with a view to feed any interested parties into our club

Overall it was an interesting insight into the local support available to badminton clubs such as ours.  If we are ever looking to getting a new idea off the ground or short of resources then the CBN would be an excellent place to seek advice.

They meet 2-3 times a year and I hope to attend the next meeting.