AGM News



I’m starting my remarks this evening by thanking, once again, the Committee members for their contribution to the administration of the League and for organising the various events which we held this year.  Thank you also to everyone who supported the 70th Anniversary event, including members of the Thorpeness club for providing the music, Glenn’s family for helping with the raffle, and Louise for making the cake.. 

The Committee continues to pursue with Suffolk Badminton various matters of concern to clubs – Glenn has already made reference to one of those matters as raised by Andy Newcombe.  Unfortunately some of the recent initiatives which were designed to help raise the profile of badminton, as referred to at the last AGM, have not proceeded as planned.  You will be aware that the Suffolk Saxons’ promising start has been halted by the withdrawal of support from Badminton England for the National Badminton League, and the appointment to the post to help deliver the Suffolk Strategic Plan had to be re-thought with various personnel changes.  However, Glenn continues his involvement with CBN East and the Suffolk Strategic Partnership Working Group and reports back to the Committee on matters of particular relevance to clubs – we all want to see positive outcomes which will result in increased numbers of players, teams and clubs in the League.  Please let us know, via Glenn, if there are issues which you would like us to try and address, either through actions which the League Committee could promote, or through representations which we could make on your behalf through our presence on the SBA Council.

In coming to the end of my remarks by thanking club officials and players for their support, I have to report that it feels that we are reaching the end of an era.  As you know, when Ian Young stepped down from the role of Secretary, he accepted the honorary position of President, as recognition of his long service to the League.  However, at the age of xxxx he has decided not to carry on.  I understand that he will continue his links with Corinthians, and he has assured me that he is happy for us to ask him for any historical information which he might be able to supply – he has recently been searching his loft to look for an elusive list of the founder clubs of the League, so far without success.  He asked me to pass on his wishes to you all for a successful and enjoyable season, and I wholeheartedly endorse those sentiments.  I shall be writing to Ian on behalf of the League to thank him, and wish him well.  

Linda Sheppard, Chairman IDBL






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