For the first time in 25 years Swindon will host a Badminton International. This is fantastic news for Wiltshire, Swindon and the West in general. With the Swindon & District Badminton Association celebrating its 50th Anniversary in the forthcoming season, this has been quite a coup for the district to get Badminton England, the sports governing body, to organize two such prestigious teams to come to the west country and to what is classed as a small venue in International terms.
England and Poland have never met at international level before, so this will also be a little bit of history in the making. Hopefully we will be able to see some of ours, and Poland's, Olympic stars – and who knows, maybe medal winner or two.
Poland are a rising force in International Badminton and we can expect a very close encounter with both sides, who are currently, very evenly matched.
The event will be held at the Swindon's Oasis Sports Centre on Thursday 6 November.
Sponsors for the event, Edmund-Nuttall Ltd in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, have enthusiastically helped make this event possible.
Wiltshire Badminton Press Officer, Simon French commented “ We are really excited about this, what with Swindon having a large Polish community and a Polish Badminton club, we couldn’t have asked for a better match. A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make this possible and without the support of Edmund Nuttall Ltd and Swindon Council this wouldn’t have been possible. The Association still have much to do and arrange, including laying an international standard custom built floor just for the event and recruiting all the court officials and stewards.
Even if you don’t play badminton, to watch the game played at international standard is quite awesome, just watch the Olympics from Bejing, that’s the standard you’ll be able to see at the Oasis”.
Ticket information can be found via the press and Wiltshire Badminton's website – www.wiltshirebadminton.co.uk
A commemorative programme is being produced to celebrate the event and will be on sale on the day. Anybody or businesses wishing to advertise should contact Simon French on firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Paul Santer of Edmund Nuttall Ltd (left) presents a sponsorship cheque for £3000 to Geoff Hinder, Chairman of the Swindon & District Badminton Association.