City kids clean up at national badminton finals

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Two city schools have been celebrating the success of their badminton players after they both won medals at the 2013 Center Parcs National Schools Championships.

Stantonbury Campus picked up gold in the Years 10/11 Boys category and Denbigh School took silver in the Years 7/8/9 Boys competition, held at the Centre Parcs holiday village in Sherwood Forest.

The Championships saw 18 of the country’s best school teams battle it out in a round robin format across two days in the Years 7/8/9 and 10/11 age categories for boys and girls.

Stantonbury stormed to victory against 2012 winners The Elizabethan High School from Retford to pick up the championship title they so narrowly missed out on last year.

Denbigh School, who were national champions in 2009 and 2010, could not quite do enough in the final this time as they lost to Trentham High School from Stoke-on-Trent.

Stantonbury’s successful team was made up of Alex Pandya, Matthew York and national players Jed and Harry Arksey, and the silver medallists from Denbigh were James Chesire, Sean Chal and brothers James and Callum Hemmings.

They both came through three rounds of local, county and regional competitions to reach the finals, with 31,000 children from across the land taking part along the way.

The Championship trophy and silver medals awarded to Stantonbury and Denbigh by 2004 Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson and young England hot-shot Rhys Walker who watched the action.