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Wisbech Badminton Club held a fun day for all ages as coach Nishi Varma said her goodbyes



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Badminton enthusiasts of all ages gathered on Sunday for a day of fun.

Over 50 players were in attendance at the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech to take part in a morning of badminton-related activities.

With participants ranging in ages from four to 70-years-old, there was a little something for everyone to enjoy.

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Badminton fun day (49803657)

Children had the likes of on-court Pac-Man and dodgeball to deal with throughout the morning.

They were then faced with giant shuttle-cocks as their adaptability was tested, and were tasked with hitting a series of balloons to work on their aim.

Meanwhile, adults took part in a variety of team games on their designated courts.

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Badminton fun day (49803596)

Both individual and team winners were handed prizes for their efforts, with children clamouring for the bags of sweets on offer.

Older players enjoyed sociable singles and doubles games, and were rewarded with Badminton England merchandise after they had finished.

With the morning's fun completed, children joined up with their families for the afternoon tournament.

With teams allocated to tournament pools, the day soon developed a competitive nature.

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Badminton fun day (49803670)

Parents fought for pole position while their children watched peacefully and patiently from the sidelines.

Coach Nishi Varma was taking charge of proceedings for the final time, and was delighted with the day's work.

"It was hilarious to see," she said.

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Badminton fun day (49803660)

"Whilst everyone started off gently, the competitive adult spirit soon came out.

"After gently reminding them that their children were also part of the team, things calmed down and everything was taken in great humour, laughter and good spirits."

The tournament consisted of two pools; in the first, the final delivered a hard-fought encounter between two other-and-son teams.

Alison and Matt dominated the opening exchanges, but Jekaterina fought back as things progressed.

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Badminton fun day (49803654)

With the score at 20-19, a Jekaterina smash secured an impressive win.

The pool two final was contested by father-and-son duo Binu and Alan and mother and daughter Marta and Wiktoria.

Both teams gave their all and battled until the end, with Binu and Alan taking first prize.

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Badminton fun day (49803681)

Prizes and medals were handed out as joyful smiles replaced the competitive edge.

With a series of bootcamps and tournaments held separately for children and adults recently, this was a chance for them to come together for a day of fun.

Youngster Matt Skuse was handed the most-improved player award after his impressive exploits on Sunday.

He will be hoping to continue his excellent progress in the future.

Nishi was overwhelmed by the turn-out on her final day.

"This was my last session in Wisbech," she said.

"Over the previous four years, there have been lots of group activities. Saying goodbye is going to be emotional.

"These people have become my badminton family.

"It's been a pleasure to coach and co-ordinate and may all of their badminton journeys continue in good humour and fun."

However, Nishi insists the badminton club will still be in good hands.

Confident that she has left a strong badminton community behind her, she has urged anyone looking to get involved in the sport to contact Sam Taylor at staylor15963@gmail.com. There will be plenty of events over the coming months.



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