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Young England badminton stars hold court at Downing Street

Young England badminton stars hold court at Downing Street

The hot badminton prospects, each representing the thriving badminton scene in six different English counties, demonstrated the Olympic sport at a reception celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The six chosen players, five of whom are reigning U15 national badminton champions, played Mr Cameron on a court purposefully set up by BADMINTON England on the lawns of 10 Downing Street.

Each of the players invited form part of the Team England badminton squad, selected by us, to do battle with other host nations when the School Games roll into London in early June.

The six players that took part in today’s match at 10 Downing Street are:
Jessica Pugh [Shropshire]; Ira Banerjee [Hampshire]; Ben Lane [Devon]; David King [Sussex]; Oliver Thompson [Surrey]; Nicola Gresty [Gloucestershire]

Speaking of the invitation to showcase badminton in front of the Prime Minster, Adrian Christy, Chief Executive of BADMINTON England said “This exciting opportunity is a privilege and an honour for these young badminton players especially in such an important year for British sport.

"I am confident it will give extra impetus to their performances when they represent their nation in the School Games.

"The quality on show at our recent age group National Badminton Championships, right down to Under 11 level, has confirmed we have some amazing home-grown badminton talent coming through the ranks in the many junior clubs and county badminton networks.

"Having hosted Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at the Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena last August and received HRH Prince Andrew, patron of BADMINTON England, at the Yonex All England Open Championships last month, we are delighted to present badminton to the Prime Minister.”