Badminton at Communities First's transition week

Posted by Laura Morgan at 10:08 on 19 August 2015

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On Monday 17th August 2015, badminton was part of the East Cardiff, Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn Communities First transition week summer program at Eastern High.  

At the event, families had the opportunity to try badminton in a fun environment. The event was supported by Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities, Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Chief Executive Officer for C3CS, and Nick Batchelar, Director of Education.

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Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities, commented,

“It’s good to see children getting involved and trying different sports. This is a great event for the community.”

Activities/sessions available at the event included:

  • Badminton 
  • Netball
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Cake decorating
  • First aid 
  • Sun screen awareness 
  • Cheer leading 

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The transition summer program involved many different partners and organisations, all working together to deliver a community based event. The organisations included:

  • Communities First 
  • Sport Cardiff Met 
  • Eastern High School 
  • South Wales Police 
  • Careers Wales
  • Cardiff and Vale College 
  • Many NGB’s including Badminton Wales.

The badminton activities proved popular with one of the children commenting:

“It’s great fun and I enjoyed playing with the police officers.”

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It was also a hit with parents who could see how enjoyable the sport is and how much it could be enjoyed as a family activity. One parent said,

“My child picked up a racket for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed playing badminton.  He’s really not into his teams sports like rugby and football but badminton is something we can play together as a family.”

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Lorraine Rye, Sport Coordinator for Cardiff East, commented,

"Badminton is inclusive so everyone can have a go. The kids love it because they can just pick up a racket and play."  

A spokesperson for Communities First added,

“This event has been a great success.  It’s great to be able to offer the community activities that they may not usually have the opportunity to participate in.”

For further information on this or any other badminton query, please contact Angela Stevens, Badminton Development Officer - South Wales, on 07772396360 or email 

Sport Cardiff East Twitter Handle - @SportCardiff_E

Communities First Twitter Handle - @ECLPCF 

Eastern High Twitter Handle - @EasternhighPE