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Last Updated: 12th November 2018

U16 County Squad

Welcome

The Under 16 squad coaches would like to welcome all the players selected for the squad for the 2018/19 season. We are looking forward to the new season.

Squad Facts

Players born in 2004 or 2005 are eligible for the Under 16 squad. Trials for the squad were held in June 2018, and we selected 29 players:

Girls: Sagrika Arun, Holly Clayton, Maia Di Gesaro, Sydney Hall, Sneha Jogi, Lavigne Leung, Holly Long, Vennela Medikonda, Sonika Parikh, Lucy Savage, Yu Xuan Teh, Shiami Thayaparan

Boys: Charlie Aitken, Jesse Barnes, Avy Batra, Adiveer Baweja, Alastair Bennett, Ben Hahn, Finley Goode, Dilan Gunawardena, Benjamin Herbert, Krish Mahbubani, Jack Moylan, Aarav Raheja, Thomas Rock, Pratyush Saboo, Nithin Santhosh, Sajinth Thayaparan, Sai Thokola

Many of these players already had a national singles grading at the start of the 2018/19 season:

  • Grade E: Lavigne Leung
  • Grade F: Holly Clayton
  • Grade G: Nithin Santhosh
  • Grade H: Sydney Hall, Aarav Raheja
  • Grade I: Charlie Aitken, Sagrika Arun, Avy Batra, Jesse Barnes, Adiveer Baweja, Alastair Bennett, Maia Di Gesaro, Finley Goode, Sneha Jogi, Krish Mahbubani, Vennela Medikonda, Jack Moylan, Pratyush Saboo, Lucy Savage, Shiami Thayaparan
  • Grade J: Ben Hahn, Ben Herbert, Thomas Rock, Sajinth Thayaparan, Yu Xuan Teh, Sai Thokola


Under 16 Squad members 2018/2019

The squad meets for training on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30pm in the following weeks:

  • 5 September - 24 October 2018 (8 weeks)
  • 7 November - 12 December 2018 (6 weeks)
  • 9 January - 13 February 2019 (6 weeks)
  • 27 February - 3 April 2019 (6 weeks)
  • 24 April - 22 May 2019 (5 weeks)

The training sessions are held at:

  • Hertfordshire Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire De Havilland campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU

COACHING

The squad is managed and coaching is provided at the training sessions by three coaches, qualified with Badminton England Certificates:

Coaches 2018/2019

Tournaments

Tournament play, underpinned by regular high quality training, is the most effective way to improve as a player, developing your own skills and learning from other successful players. So we encourage members of the squad to compete regularly in these events.

All squad players should compete in the HSBA tournaments at their own age group and ideally, for an extra challenge, in some of the older age group events as well. For details about the tournaments please click on the Tournaments menu button or here. To download entry forms please click on the Downloads menu button or here.

We also expect squad members to play at least four Badminton England tournaments during the season, though more ambitious players will play many more. Performances in these tournaments count towards gradings in the national ranking system. Entry forms are available from the Badminton England website. Click here to go to the relevant BE page.

Please keep the coaches up-to-date with your results at these tournaments.

Matches

We play inter-county matches as follows;

  • Shires League, a season-long competition with play-offs and then a national finals day in May. In 2018/19 we are running two Under 16 teams in the League for the first time.
  • Friendlies, arranged as the calendar permits.

Selection will be on merit, but we also try to give all squad members opportunities to develop by playing competitively for Hertfordshire.

The present fixture list is HERE Updates will be made to it as the season progresses, for instance as we add the details of friendly matches with other counties, so squad players should keep an eye on it.