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IPSWICH AND DISTRICT BADMINTON LEAGUE

CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS TO AGM SEPTEMBER 2018

Once again, I’m starting my remarks this evening by thanking the Committee members for their contribution to the administration of the League and for organising the tournaments which we held this year – all of them have contributed, and have worked hard on behalf of local badminton. Thank you also to the players and officials for your support - please continue to encourage your fellow members to enter the end of season IDBL Championships and Vets / Masters tournaments, and also our Under 15 and Under 18 events, where you are lucky enough to have players in those age groups, as well as in the junior clubs.  We have been pleased that in recent years the entry from League players in the Championships  event has been encouraging – I know that we do not always have as many County players entering as we, or perhaps particularly a former secretary would like, but the League is for everyone, not just the few – sorry I should have said not just the elite players, I’m not trying to make a political point.  I would also encourage your members to enter the Suffolk Senior Closed tournament later in September – we know that there are plenty of players out there of a good enough standard to enter, and the Junior Closed events for all the age groups are also taking place this month.  Thank you also to our friends at Thorpeness who were prepared to run an end of season party again - unfortunately it didn’t happen this year, but it could happen in 2019, and Paul Finbow – thank you for examining the accounts.

During the year we lost Gordon Blackburn and Pam Last, both characters in their own way -  as mentioned by Glenn, the Committee was represented at both funerals. 

After a series of interim and short term appointments (thank you to Richard Hunt in particular for holding the fort) - we now have Julie Pike as our BE relationship manager.   From our initial contact at the Suffolk level, Julie appears to have no illusions about Badminton England (dare I mention the Club registration process – or is it just me?)  and she seems keen to find ways to help clubs and support local badminton generally.  You may have picked up her recent email about places available on the Suffolk Level 1 Coaching Course. 

In conclusion, I wish you an enjoyable season and an increase in your membership numbers – please help us to help you by putting your concerns and suggestions to us so that we can try and progress them where we are in a position to do so.

Linda Sheppard, Chairman IDBL

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