Campus teens on world tour

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A team of badminton stars from Stantonbury Campus will represent England at the World School Championship in Chinese Taipei next year.

Brothers Jed and Harry Arksey, Steven Stallwood, Alex Pandya and Matthew York, together with coach Mike Stewart, will fly the flag for England after winning the national championships.

Jed Arksey (aged 16), is ranked third in England for his age group, his brother Harry (15) is ranked second for his age group, and Steven Stallwood (14) is ranked at fourth for his age group.

Alex Pandya (16) is a former national gold standard player whose best ranking was seventh in England, and Matthew York (16) was a member of the Campus’ national schools championship winning team.

Coach Mike Stewart has been a PE teacher for five years and coached the boys’ team to two national titles and a runners-up place.

In addition to their own fund raising activities, the team has received tremendous support in the form of sponsorship and donations from several local businesses and organisations, including MK Community Foundation, Beardow Adams, Bradwell Parish Council, Great Linford Parish Council, Sport MK, Forza Badminton and local charities, to help them raise the funds needed to participate in the World Championships.

Chris Williams, Principal of Stantonbury Campus, said: “This is a great opportunity, an honour for our students and reflects many hours of training and competition.

“We all wish them all the very best in competing on the world stage.

“ Students will represent Stantonbury Campus and the wider Milton Keynes community.

“The event is expected to have a positive effect on increasing participation in badminton and sport in general throughout the local area, not just at Stantonbury.”