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March Neale-Wade Academy badminton coach Colin Bedford invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty the Queen



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Junior badminton players were given presentations at the midway point of their season at March’s Neale-Wade Academy – while coach Colin Bedford was given a Royal seal of approval.

Colin, who has racked up 50 years of badminton coaching, was a recent Living Sport community regional awards winner and as a result has now been invited to the Queen’s Garden Party.

He explained: “I’ve been asked to go to Buckingham Palace in May to the Queen’s Garden Party.

Neale-Wade Academy presentation to junior badminton players.
Neale-Wade Academy presentation to junior badminton players.

“I was more than honoured and proud to accept that.”

He runs badminton for juniors (11-15 years) every Monday afternoon from 3.30-4.30pm and has been doing so since the Neale-Wade opened in 1983. They start in September, break up for Christmas and now resume until April, whereupon the PE department picks a team for a round-robin event against schools from Wisbech, Chatteris, Witchford, Ely and Whittlesey.

At their mid-season break and post-season the youngsters hold a tournament.

Neale-Wade Academy presentation to the junior badminton players. Pictured with their medals from left: Alex Florea, Olivia Adam-Czyk, Brendan Bland, Lily Fiveash.
Neale-Wade Academy presentation to the junior badminton players. Pictured with their medals from left: Alex Florea, Olivia Adam-Czyk, Brendan Bland, Lily Fiveash.

Leading players from mid-season were also issued with medals (see above).

Mid-season tournament, with their medals from left: Alex Florea, Olivia Adam-Czyk. Brendan Bland, Lily Fiveash. MFCP-19MF0120126.

Photos: MICHAEL FYSH



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