Somerset Badminton History

This page has a brief history of Somerset Badminton, focusing on those people that have contributed greatly over the years.  For details of winners/county players etc please go to the relevant archive pages.

1974

1974: Somerset Boundaries Changed

In 1974 the County of Somerset had its boundary changed in the North from being the River Avon, to an imaginary line between Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham on Sea.  The county of Avon was created, which included the three largest populations within old Somerset – Bristol, Bath and Weston.

Badminton wise, the County changed its name to Avon and Somerset and stayed as a major force within English badminton.  However, the base was Bristol and players in the South of the new Somerset county found themselves marginalised and poorly represented at county level.

Committee Posts

1987

1987: Separation from Avon

Due to the poor representation of players in the South of the county, in 1987 a group, led by Mike Sertin, decided to create a separate County Badminton Association (SCBA), thereby splitting from Avon.  Players from Somerset that were representing the old county set up had the choice of continuing to play for Avon or changing to the new Somerset.  Players having to make that decision included Andy Bee, Pete Rowland, Martin Baxter and Launa Dufty.

2007

2007: SCBA and SBBA Merged

The Somerset Schools Badminton Association (SSBA) was a separate entity until 2007 when the two committees agreed to become one.  The SCBA and SSBA became the Somerset Badminton Association – responsible for all badminton within the county.

Chairman

Richard Hardiman

Secretary

Neil Robson

Senior Treasurer

Launa Eyles

Welfare Officer

Catherine Sertin

Match Secretary

Simon Ashenden

GDPR Officer

Sarah-Jane Trask

Masters Treasurer

Stuart Pilkington

Masters Coordinator

Wendy Field

Policies and Procedures

The SBA recognise that it has a duty of care to safeguard all children and young people involved in its programmes, activities and services from harm. The Association is committed to the belief that all children have a right to protection and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.

Below are the policies and procedures adopted by the SBA:

SBA has adopted the Badminton England Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed: here. Note; this will take you to the Badminton England website. If you prefer to view a PDF version then please click here

  • To view the SBA Equality policy, please click here
  • To view the SBA Disability pledge, please click here
  • To view the SBA Child Protection policy statement, please click here
  • To view the SBA code of conduct for junior players, coaches, volunteers and parents, please click here
  • Forms for use by SBA officials and coaches:
  • To access and download the SBA Risk Assessment form, please click here
  • To access and download the SBA Junior Income Sheet, please click here
  • To access and download the SBA Accident/Incident form, please click here

Constitution / Affiliation

Click here to view a copy of the SBA Constitution

For details of how to affiliate to Badminton England – please click: here.

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