Bedford Prep School’s U13 Badminton Team enjoyed a fantastic day at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes for the U14 National Badminton Finals on Sunday 29 April.
After photos, briefings and the opening ceremony, the tournament began and the boys faced a strong Camps Hill (Birmingham) team, followed by an even stronger Silverdale School. Unfortunately, the boys lost both of these matches (3-2 and 5-0), which put them in the play-off for the seventh, eighth or ninth place. With good wins against Newbridge High (4-1) and Hummersknott Academy (Durham) (5-0), the boys finished seventh: the top possible place.
Our congratulations go to Vedant Somal, Joshua Stewart, Max Pearson and Josha Mital (who captained the team brilliantly) on their amazing efforts. To put their success in perspective, when the competition started back in November there were over 6400 teams competing for a place! So to reach the final alone and be placed in the top nine teams in the country was an amazing achievement in itself. However, seventh place for a team who are a year young is even more impressive! Hopefully, they can build on their superb achievement next year.