Q - What does the Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships involve?
The Championships will be played out over a series of 4 inter-school events, split by gender and age. Teams are made up of 5 players from each age group.
Year 7, 8, 9 - Boys
Year 7, 8, 9 - Girls
Year 10, 11 - Boys
Year 10, 11 - Boys
Each stage will feature high quality inter-school competitive badminton at local, county and regional level all coming to a head at a Grand National Final, hosted by Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest.
If there is more than 1 group in each of the qualifying rounds then group winners will move into a ‘winner takes all’ knock out stage to progress.
Q - So, can my school enter to take part in this year's competition?
Yes - but to enter a school team[s] to play in the competition, you must be in a position of power at the school as you will be the named contact for all arrangements.
Click HERE to enter the 2012/13 Center Parcs National Schools Championships
Q - Where can I locate an entry form?
For speed and efficiency, entry in exclusively managed ONLINE by clicking here. It is not possible to sign up manually or without going through the online process.
Q - I'm a pupil but want my school to enter. What can I do?
If you are a pupil and you want to take pride in playing for your school in this year's Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships, then get in front of your PE teacher, your head teacher or your form tutor and persuade them to get involved!
Q - When does the competition start and what are the key dates for the diary?
Entry deadline: 26 October 2012
League round: not played before: 26 October 2012
not played after: 14 December 2012
Sub-county (optional): set own date - subject to number of county / borough teams
County round: 15 February 2012
Regional round: 11-15 March 2012
Final: 20 April 2013 - Years 7, 8, 9
21 April 2013 - Years 10, 11
Q - Is there an entry fee?
NO. For the 2012/13 season, the Championships are FREE to all secondary and middle schools across England.
Please note though, entry into the Championships does not mean automatic affiliation to BADMINTON England. If you want access to school benefits such as discounts/free tickets to the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships - as enjoyed by schools in previous years - these packages are now sold seperately.
Q - The entry form is asking for personal data from the school children but I don't have it. What can I do?
You should make every possible physical effort to collect the information as required in the Entry process. BADMINTON England have provided a CONSENT FORM as well as the incentive of £600 worth of Center Parcs vouchers to ease the collection process.
Should you still have problems collecting the required data, email email@example.com with as much detail on the steps you have taken to source the required data and we will see if an alternative solution can be arranged.