This team for 2013/14 will once again be managed by Dean Martin and Tom Champion - two ex under 21 players who are determined to see more training and competition for this age group. This is a team developing from former U17 players and aims to help them progress into the senior ranks and on to the senior county teams. Have a look under the senior county match archive for information on very successful National Championships results in 2011/12 and 12/13. The captains are hoping to build on this success.
2013/14 county training
all players should now have been invited to train with either the senior county squad or the Under 17 squad.
The first 17-21 training is on Weds 30th Oct 2013, at Yeovil College, from 7pm until 9pm.
2013/14 17-21 trials
Sunday 15th September 2013 at Crewkerne Sports Centre, TA18 7NT, from 2pm until 4pm.
Selected players will be invited to train with the under 17 team on a fortightly basis. If there is enough interest then a monthly training group will also be set up.
Sunday 12th January 2014 - away v Avon (friendly). 12pm start at Hengrove Park, Bristol
Sat/sun 12th/13th April 2014 - National Team Championships - York
Team selected for the 17-21 National Team Championships on 6th / 7th April 2013 are:
Tom Hunt, Graham Hutchings, John O'Rourke, Michael Brook, Amy Reddaway, Kathryn Hunt, Lizzie Coates. Kya Robson.
Training sessions 2012/13
The first of these was at Sexeys School, Bruton, on Weds Oct 31st. Despite the atrocious weather and road closures around the area, we had an excellent turnout and some excellent badminton. Thanks especially to those that travelled from Taunton.
Remaining training sessions will be:
Sun 16th Dec - Yeovil College 12 til 2 (confirmed)
Weds 23rd Jan - Taunton (venue TBC)
Weds 13th Feb - Sexeys School, Bruton 7 til 9pm (confirmed)
Sun 17th Mar - Yeovil College 12 til 2 (confirmed)
Cost will be £5. It is open to any player aged 17-21, but players must contact James Elkin (07947 056333) or Tom Champion if they are attending.
Fixtures for the season are as follows:
friendly v Somerset over 40's - Thurs 6th Dec 2012 7pm at Stanchester SC (team Tom Hunt, Alex Covey, Joe Wakelam, Duncan Perkins, John O'Rourke)
Friendlies v Avon/ Wiltshire/ Dorset/ Cornwall/ Devon (TBC)
Friendly quadrangular match v Somerset Under 17's/ Veterans/ County 3rd team - Tues 2nd April 2013 (venue TBC)
National Team Championships - 6th/ 7th April 2013 - Redbridge leisure centre, Essex.
17-21 trials were held at crewkerne sports centre on Sunday 23rd Sept 2012. We had a great turn out of 18 players, and it was decided that with the current enthusiasm of this age group, it was worthwhile to try and run monthly training sessions.