Denbigh take national title

Sean Chal, Callum Hemming, Tom Phillips and Brett Bullman
Sean Chal, Callum Hemming, Tom Phillips and Brett Bullman

Denbigh School have been crowned national champions at the Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships at Year 10 and 11.

The finals, which took place at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, saw Denbigh team, made up of Sean Chal, Callum Hemming, Tom Phillips and Brett Bullman beat Trentham High School from Stoke-on-Trent and Elizabethan Academy from Retford in the final round to win the title.

The tournament, played at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, was a scene of unfinished business for Denbigh, having narrowly lost out last year.

More than 6,100 teams from all over the country entered the competition, from 1,600 schools.

Sean Chal, a current Team England badminton player for his age group pupil and part of the winning Denbigh School badminton team said:

“It was a great atmosphere here today and we really enjoyed supporting each other and getting involved in all the games.

“It meant a lot to us to come away with a win having lost out narrowly at last year’s championships.

“We really enjoy taking part in such a competitive tournament and can’t wait to come back next year.”

Matt Linbourne, Team Manager for the squad at Denbigh School, added: “It’s a great event and the lads have played really well.

“We went through all the rounds with great support and they’ve worked very hard at their game.

“We came so close last year to taking the title for a second year in a row so I am really proud to see them fight back this year and clinch the trophy.”

Anthony Clark, Commonwealth Games badminton silver medallist said he was impressed with the level of talent he saw on display from the students.

He said: “Events like this didn’t happen when I was growing up so it offers a great opportunity to show case the young talent coming through the badminton ranks.

“From what I’ve seen here the future’s definitely looking bright for the game.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to Denbigh School for their great performance.

“The Center Parcs National Schools Championships is a very competitive tournament so for them to have reached the finals and come away as national champions is a brilliant achievement.”